Panasonic who were among the first Companies to launch a mirrorless digital camera in Australia has today launched a high end 12.1-megapixel compact camera that delivers extremely high quality images and a world first feature.

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 comes with a 24x optical zoom lens that’s capable of 25-600mm range, it also has an f/2.8 aperture that can be used all the way through the zoom range right up to 600mm.

The new camera allows the same amount of light to hit the sensor, whether using a wide angle or zoomed all the way in to your subject.

Many other compact cameras have a variable aperture that closes as the lens is zoomed. A wider aperture also means that a more shallow depth of field can be achieved, which is great for portraits, for example.

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Alistair Robins, the group marketing manager for the Panasonic Lumix brand said that the new zoom lens “allows photographers to take creative and high-quality images and videos”, owing much of this to the f/2.8 aperture that’s available all the way through the lens’ zoom range.

A newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine provide the LUMIX FZ200 with high speed response, high sensitivity for recording content.

Light Speed AF (auto focus) combines with the LUMIX FZ200’s ability to capture high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (frames per second) in full resolution and a quick start-up time of approximately .95 seconds, so users never miss even the most fleeting shooting opportunities. Furthermore, High Speed Video enables users to record fast-moving subjects at 120 fps (NTSC/HD)2 or 240 fps (NTSC/VGA)2.

The LUMIX FZ200’s powerful 24x optical zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, and takes advantage of Intelligent Resolution technology to maintain picture quality. The camera’s POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) provides improved correction accuracy to minimize blur, even when zoomed, and Active Mode effectively suppresses handshake vibration in both still picture and video recording. New Panasonic Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes light reflection at the entire zoom range (380nm-780nm) resulting in clear picture with a dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.


A newly developed 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic View Finder) features a 1,312,000-dot equivalent high resolution, 100% field of view and minimum screen freeze. The LUMIX FZ200’s body has been designed as a full-fledged shooting style digital compact camera with ultimate controllability.

 The side lever has been redesigned in the stroke and locating position, smoothing zoom functions. Focus can also be easily changed with this lever, allowing users to concentrate on shutter operation and get the perfect photographic moment.

The LUMIX FZ200’s Creative Control mode features 14 filter options including the newly added Soft Focus3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Colour, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter3 in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and Miniature Effect4 modes. Photo Style is also available and allows users to create more artistic photographs with Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom options. With iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus, users can take advantage of popular iA functions – POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR and Motion Deblur5 – in addition to adjusting exposure compensation, white balance and defocusing background areas for more flexible shooting control. For advanced photography users, the LUMIX FZ200 offers manual control mode, allowing users to enjoy a more creative photography experience. 

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