Panasonic DMC-FZ200, bridge camera with huge zoom


The middle way. Panasonic continues to bet on users who want a good camera but do not have advanced photography skills. The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a good example. With a classic camera design , this equipment gives the feeling of having a real camera in your hands. In addition, it includes one of the details that fans like most, a huge telephoto lens .

With a lens like this, we can search for the farthest detail in our photos. It has a 24x zoom. In traditional 35mm photography, this lens equates to a 25-600mm. It is a very high figure, which must be handled with care. When taking photos making the most of this advantage, we must take into account some details that will make us gain quality in the photo. To start with, we will need a good light . If the lighting is insufficient it is better that we find a point of support for the camera . And it is that working with a 600 mm can be very complicated, since the slightest movement of the camera supposes a radical change in the framing of the photo, and this can come out shaky (shaky).

Panasonic Lumix FZ200

The sensor is a 12.1 megapixel MOS , which has an image noise reduction system. This effect is the one that occurs when we force the sensitivity of the sensor to the maximum because there is little light in the environment. Some red dots appear in the photo that reveal that we did not have adequate light.

The 12.1 megapixels may seem a discreet figure compared to what we can see in some cameras today. However, we must take into account our real needs. The number of megapixels indicates the size of the image, not the quality of the image. With this value , we could print a photo in high quality (300 dots per inch), with a size of 33.8 x 25.4 centimeters.

Another of the most positive details of this camera is the ability to handle the RAW format . Most of the non-professional ( compact ) cameras do not usually give this option. The RAW format corresponds to the image as it is captured by the sensor, and it contains a lot of information. What we usually get with a non-professional camera is a JPEG file , which has already passed through the image processor. The RAW is a much larger file, and therefore takes up much more space on the memory card. But if we intend to retouch the photograph afterwards, it is essential to obtain this format, since otherwise our possibilities for retouching are greatly diminished.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200

The DMC-FZ200 has a 3-inch movable rear screen . The fact that the screen moves allows us to take strange angles when photographing complicated situations. It is also very useful in video recording. If we prefer to work with the eye glued to the viewfinder, the camera has built -in 1.3 megapixel digital one . It is a good value for a digital viewfinder, and it allows us to get a fairly rough idea of ​​the photo we are going to take. However, this is still the biggest disadvantage of this type of camera compared to a traditional SLR. No matter how good the electronic viewfinder is, its quality can never exceed that of our own eye.

Panasonic has not disclosed the price of this camera, although we do know when it will hit the market. It will be at the end of the summer, in the month of September . Although we do not know its price, we do know that its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-FZ150 came on the market a year ago with a price of 500 euros.