• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic FZ200 advantages over Pentax MX-1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax MX-1 advantages over Panasonic FZ200

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.90 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Higher effective ISO
    208 vs 114 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    51 mm vs 110 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    399g vs 603g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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.

  • Good image quality for a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

  • Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
Pentax MX-1
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic FZ150

Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic FZ150
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax MX-1
Panasonic FZ150
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon SX40 HS

Panasonic FZ200
Canon SX40 HS
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
Pentax MX-1
Canon SX40 HS
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon G15

Panasonic FZ200
Canon G15
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $622
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $622
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G16

Panasonic FZ200
Canon G16
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
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