Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 Preview

The DMC-FZ200 is one of the latest digital cameras in Panasonic's FZ series. The spotlight shines on the camera's ability to capture 12 frames-per-second, as well as a start-up time of less than a second; making the LUMIX FZ200 the perfect camera for shooting live events like a football game or really anything with lots of action. This is partly due to the 12.1-Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor that uses a redesigned Venus Engine for processing both video and stills at high speeds.

In addition to a high volume of photos per second, the Panasonic FZ200 can record high speed video at a sensor output of 100 fps in 720p as well as a sensor output of 200fps at 640 by 480 resolution. It can also record 1080p video in the standard video mode. Along with a 24x optical zoom, the camera comes equipped with a crisp, 1.3M dot electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch, 460K dot LCD on the back of the camera. In addition to JPEG, the camera also offers the option of shooting in the RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Features:
  • 1/2.33-inch, High Sensitivity 12.1-Megapixel MOS Sensor
  • 24x Optical Zoom, 48x intelligent zoom
  • LEICA lens (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Wide Viewing Angle Intelligent LCD screen
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG data recording option
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, Panorama Shot mode, 3D Photo mode
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
  • Fast and Precise 23-area Contrast AF system with Touch AF option
  • Active Mode, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 540 photos per charge)
  • Hot Shoe provides more advanced creative freedom, allowing for various accessory attachment including and optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1), external flash (DMW-FL220/FL360/FL500) or remote shutter (DMW-RSL1).

Panasonic notes that pricing an availability will be announced thirty days prior to shipping the camera.

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