Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with CMOS Sensor and 24x Optical Zoom – Black – DMC-FZ200K +4GB SDHC CARD Reviews

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  1. Eugene Beckes says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera with a few flaws., February 25, 2013
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    Eugene Beckes
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    This is a very capable gem of a camera, and if you’re persistent and patient, you’ll be able to get some truly terrific images with it. I photograph birds 99% of the time, quite a demanding discipline. In good light, the FZ200 is wonderful. (Though even then, the auto focus could be better.) In lower light, the AF is slow or painfully and practically non-existant for a subject that is usually moving around a lot. For non-moving subjects, you’d fare better.
    I have other complaints; for example, the four-way controller is far too easily influenced by my hand when I don’t want it to be, as in when I’m simply using the grip to try to take a photo. It’s very easy to accidentally influence the “WB” (white balance) when gripping the camera. I’ve learned to grip the camera in a rather uncomfortable way so as not to turn on the WB, but it should be designed so this is not a problem.
    As said, it’s not a perfect instrument, but for the price and abilities of the camera, I feel it’s quite a bargain. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. (One more item: If you’re used to using a DSLR with a big lens, (I also own and use a Nikon D7000 and have a Sigma 150-500mm lens on it,) you’ll love the convenience, weight, and size of the Panasonic FZ200. I often use it without a tripod and the image stabilization works very well. (And using it minus the tripod allows far more mobility, meaning you’ll get shots you can’t get with a tripod.) On the other hand, a tripod has its place.

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  2. country girl says:
    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, January 14, 2013
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    I, just bought this camera before Christmas. I LOVE IT. I sold my Nikon D-3000 and five lenses. I, was tired of lugging all this equipment around. The Panasonic does more then my older camera did. I also get a video camera.I love the white balance that you can view right in the view finder. There is some other bells and whistle also, that my other camera didn’t have. Leica lens is crisp and clear. I recommend this to people who want somethig simple, but still have control of your camera. All the review where right. GET IT!!

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  3. 16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best for traveling, February 5, 2013
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    Ray

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    I have my days of Range cameras, SLR and DSLR. Cano, Nikon, Rollie. . . Really getting tired of carrying heavy load when I travel. Several years ago start using Panasonic TZ1, ZS10, ZS20. When Panasonic came out FZ200 with 25-600 mm F2.8 Leica lenses I just got to have it! Very nicely built with all kinds of useful features, pictures came crispy sharp. Oh, boy, I would never have a shot in a 600mm F2,8 lenses in DSLR. And it’s a LEICA!

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