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Comment: Very good camera, lots of features and a great lense.
Comment: What would be the best memory card for this camera to get optimun results
Good: Constant Aperture, Leica Lens, High-Speed Video, Manual Control over practically everything and Button Placements
Bad: The Manual, EVF, Advanced Settings
Comment: Let me start off by saying, I did a lot of research before I bought this product and from day 1 I was NOT disappointed.
This is an amazing camera for the photo enthusiast or someone who is looking to start small and then slowly move on to the big leagues.
Those being said, don't let the term 'bridge camera' fool you. The FZ200 is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Meaning, this is as close to a DSLR you can get in the bridge camera range. It may look and feel like a bridge camera but once you figure out the bells and whistles, its better than most entry level DSLR's. Sure its a fixed lens camera but its a damn good one with amazing telephoto and macro capabilities, Something an entry level DSLR lack.
The downsides I discovered were that, its kind of a hard camera to figure out. The manual for the lack of a better term ... pretty much sucks. The low light capabilities aren't that great either but not that bad either. The EVF is the one main problem I had. Its very clear but feels like far away.
On the bonus side, you have complete control over shutter speed [upto 20,000 in movie] and aperture [upto 11 in movie] even in movie mode. Meaning, if you wanted to do some high quality looking production and can get proper lighting, this camera will get the job done. I know, 'cause I have done it.
If you buy this camera, or own it already, I'd suggest going through 'Graham Houghton's tutorials on this camera in youtube.
Yes, this camera has so much stuff that it actually needs a tutorial series.
End note, its an amazing camera and if you were planning for a entry level or standard budget DSLR, scrap that and get this.
Bad: nothing to mention
Comment: it just covers all your needs if you need to a little great shots or you want to take daily shots, the features packed in it absolutely outstanding alll around in its variety and result.
Bad: Nothing that I can see
Comment: I already have a Lumix LX5 and recently added the FZ150, both of
which are brilliant cameras. I specifically purchased the FZ150 as an alternative to my Nikon DSLR, because of foreign travel and the weight issue. I did a lot of research (as usual) before I bought it and have not been disappointed. Typically, as soon as you purchase an electronic device, it is outdated by an upgraded model. I think the FZ200 falls into this category....but I'd still like one!
Good: Constant Aperture 600mm equivalent lens at 2.8. Brilliant images.
Bad: Haven't found that yet!
Comment: I had the FZ 150 and loved it. When this came out, I bought it, compared them side by side and realized that this was the 150 on 2.8 constant aperture steroids. So I kept it. Very important to me is tha ability to shoot RAW, which eliminates many competing models. When you strip away non RAW models and ones without 2.8 constant aperture, there really is only one super zoom left.
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