• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.0x zoom 25mm - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 30.0x zoom 27mm - 810mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Panasonic FZ200 over Sony HX200V

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots RAW
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.230 vs 0.495 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.2 fps vs 0.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Sony HX200V over Panasonic FZ200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens zoom ratio
    30.0x vs 24.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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.

  • Extremely versatile superzoom that covers everything from wide angle to mega-telephoto; Portable design doesn't sacrifice comfort; Detailed images thanks to high-resolution 18.2MP BSI CMOS sensor.

  • Slow to use overall; Poor image quality at high ISOs; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped.

The Competition

Compared to Leica V-LUX 3

Panasonic FZ200
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Faster shutter
  • $730
  • 1/2.3 inch
Sony HX200V
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $730
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots RAW

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
Sony HX200V
Pentax X-5
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens

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
Sony HX200V
Fujifilm HS35EXR
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • 60p
  • $254
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Newer

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
Sony HX200V
Nikon P520
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer battery life
  • $412
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony HX300

Panasonic FZ200
Sony HX300
  • $598
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots RAW
  • $418
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sony HX200V
Sony HX300
  • $419
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $418
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Newer
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