• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.0x zoom 25mm - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 42.0x zoom 24mm - 1000mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Panasonic FZ200 over Nikon P530

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots RAW
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer battery life
    540 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo

Nikon P530 over Panasonic FZ200

  • Lens zoom ratio
    42.0x vs 24.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    9 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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Review Excerpt

  • Max aperture f/2.8 across full 24x optical zoom range of Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded lens; Relatively sharp and detailed images for a superzoom camera; Full-res burst shooting at 12 frames per second; Advanced photographic capabilities (manual focusing/exposure controls, RAW image capture, etc.); Full HD video recording up to 60p.

  • Control scheme and menu layout frustrating to use, especially the over-reliance on the rear dial; Higher ISOs produce smudged and blurred images as noise reduction efforts increase; Tendency to clip highlights; EVF doesn't switch on automatically when you look through it.

The Competition

Compared to Leica V-LUX 3

Panasonic FZ200
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Faster shutter
  • $742
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon P530
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More dots on screen
  • $742
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax X-5

Panasonic FZ200
Pentax X-5
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots RAW
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon P530
Pentax X-5
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More dots on screen
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Fujifilm HS35EXR

Panasonic FZ200
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 60p
  • External Mic
  • $254
  • 1/2 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More pixels
Nikon P530
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • 60p
  • $254
  • 1/2 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots RAW

Compared to Nikon P520

Panasonic FZ200
Nikon P520
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots RAW
  • $412
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon P530
Nikon P520
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • 24p
  • $412
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Panasonic FZ200
Samsung WB1100F
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon P530
Samsung WB1100F
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer battery life
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
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