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February 06, 2013

Panasonic FZ200 RAWzoomer with f2.8 constant aperture gets evaluated by DxoMark

If Panasonic released a superzoom camera with RAW and an f2.8 constant aperture just 3-4 years ago, they would have the whole internet eating out of the palm of their hand. Nowadays, with so many different interchangeable lens camera systems and fixed-lens cameras with large(r) sensors, the Panasonic FZ200 generated nowhere near as much attention as its specs would suggest. Then again, it may have been impossible for Panasonic to provide this camera 3-4 years and price it relatively reasonably. But I am going off on a wild tangent. Back on topic...

Dxomark published their evaluation of the Panasonic FZ200, along with their comparison analysis and conclusions.

As usual, you can use the Dxomark database to compare this to any other cameras they have already measured. Here are a few pre-filled comparisons to get you started:

Panasonic FZ200 vs Other Fixed Lens Cameras
+ Panasonic FZ200 vs FZ150 vs FZ28 - vs other FZ-series superzooms
+ FZ200 vs Canon SX50 HS vs Fuji XS-1 - vs other superzooms
+ FZ200 vs Fuji HS50-exr vs HS30-exr vs Nikon P520 vs P510 vs Sony HX200v (not measured yet(?))
+ FZ200 vs Nikon P7700 vs Panasonic LX5 - vs 1/1.x" compacts with RAW
+ FZ200 vs LX7 (not measured yet)
+ FZ200 vs Canon G15 vs S110 - vs Canon 1/1.x" compacts with RAW
+ FZ200 vs Canon G12 vs S100 - vs Canon's previous generation of 1/1.x" compacts avec RAWeaux
+ FZ200 vs Fuji X10 vs Sony RX100 - vs larger-sensor compacts with RAW
+ FZ200 vs Fuji X100 vs Sony RX1 - vs much-larger-sensor compacts with RAW

Panasonic FZ200 vs Interchangeable Lens Cameras
+ FZ200 vs Pentax Q - vs 1/2.x" Pentax iLCie
+ FZ200 vs Pentax Q10 (not measured yet)
+ FZ200 vs Nikon V2 and J2 - vs Nikon's 1-inch mirrorless
+ FZ200 vs Nikon J3 vs S1 (not measured yet)
+ FZ200 vs GF5 vs GF3 - vs Panasonic M43rds
+ FZ200 vs G5 vs GX1 - vs Panasonic M43rds
+ FZ200 vs GH2 vs Olympus E-M5 - vs M43rds All-Stars
+ FZ200 vs GH3 (not measured yet)
+ FZ200 vs Sony NEX-7 vs NEX-5R - vs Sony APS-C NExxies
+ we could go on for hours, but we have to stop at some point

As usual, please note that Dxomark is a specific suite of tests. It is not an end-to-end camera system evaluation. For more opinions on the camera, check the list of completed Panasonic FZ200 reviews.

Price-wise, the FZ200 is oscillating in price, a similar new tactic by Panasonic we have also seen with the LX7. Among reputable + authorized dealers, as of the time of writing, you can get it for $600 with a bonus $50 gift certificate and 16GB memory card at Adorama. If you don't have a near-term buy-interest, you could perhaps wait for it to reach $500-ish.

The Dxomark results apparently created a renewed interest in the previous model, the Panasonic FZ150, currently going for around $400 (Amazon et al). For a refresher on the FZ150, check the list of completed Panasonic FZ150 reviews.

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