6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Panasonic's Lumix FZ200 is across-the-board excellent

About Video Transcript

First Look: Panasonic's Lumix FZ200 is across-the-board excellent

1:39 /

For those after a long-zoom camera that falls in between a point-and-shoot and digital-SLR experience, look no further.

-Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET, and this is a look at the editor's choice winning Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. A lot of other manufacturers have just increased the zoom ranges on their higher end long lens cameras to stay competitive. Panasonic decided to go another direction and concentrated on actually making the lens better. The FZ200's 24X zoom Leica lens has a large F2.8 aperture from start to finish which lets you shoot with less light or longer focal lengths with less of a need to use higher ISOs that introduce noise and softness. No other competing cameras offer this and it makes a big difference. Going beyond that, you get great direct controls over settings, a hot shoe for attaching the external flash, an input for an external mic, a nice high-res EVF, and rotating 3-inch LCD, a whole lot of shooting modes including full manual for photos and movies and it has a reliable auto mode too, making it a nice family camera as well as something someone can grow with. Photo quality and shooting performance are great for its class. It's fast enough for capturing kids and pets which is a rarity, and though, there are a couple of designed things I would change such as the plastic body and the position of the tripod mount next to the battery compartment. It isn't overall excellent camera. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Panasonic Lumix FZ200.

New releases

Use your dSLR as a PC webcam
1:15 December 17, 2014
Lexy Savvides shows you a simple way to turn your Canon or Nikon dSLR into a PC webcam.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 102: No offline Netflix, giving holiday GIFs, eating cricket cookies and more
24:44 December 17, 2014
On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss a car concept that would eliminate blind spots for drivers, explain how you can create a...
Play video
Sennheiser Urbanite: An on-ear headphone with a retro-hip design and "now" sound
1:03 December 17, 2014
The $200 Urbanite has an eye-catching look and plump bass geared toward younger listeners.
Play video
Samsung Gear VR turns a Note 4 into stunning virtual reality headset
3:28 December 17, 2014
Are you VR-curious? Samsung's "Innovator Edition" headset accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 does a seriously impressive job of putting...
Play video
Brew espresso drinks fast and with some flavor
2:18 December 17, 2014
The $100 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me creates fancy espresso-style drinks in a flash.
Play video
The 404 Show 1,596: It's the end of an era with Steve Guttenberg (podcast)
36:33 December 17, 2014
Today's the last video episode of The 404. Ever. To help us say goodbye to our video feed, Steve Guttenberg joins us to discuss his...
Play video
Withings Activité, the high-end watch with smart fitness hiding inside
2:24 December 17, 2014
Meet the stealth fitness tracker: Swiss-designed and elegant, the expensive Activité is a Bluetooth-syncing pedometer and sleep tracker...
Play video
BlackBerry Classic tempts hardcore fans with keyboard
2:58 December 17, 2014
A new BlackBerry arrives with signature features, Sony's ready to show off a new take on smartglasses, and TAG Heuer goes after the...
Play video