The search for the ultimate go anywhere camera. Part 2 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 / by Keith Hunniford

The goal?  Always have a camera with me - and it's not going to be my Nikon D3s because I don't work out enough.  This is going to be a very short blog post!  Following the close but no cigar experience of the Nikon L840 I thought why not get another bridge camera without the same limitations.


  • somewhat lame max aperture (depth of field limiations)
  • no viewfinder

So what better camera than the Lumix DMC-FZ200 with it's massive Bridge camera zoom capabilities with the magic f2.8 constant aperture.

f2.8.. we all know that's awesome, right?  Well.. another thing that impacts the depth of field calculation is sensor size, and this camera illustrates just how small bridge camera sensors are. They're phone size!

Slightly better than the Nikon, but still really disappointing. Want some sample pics?  Me too, but pretty unbelievably I carried this around for a few weeks including a business trip to San Diego and I can't find any of the shots.. they weren't good enough to even keep. Nothing I could find that I'd posted to facebook, so of all the cameras on this journey of mine this one is the biggest fail.