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Old Aug 29, 2014, 12:17 AM   #1
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..the rear wheel of my fz200 began to fail after 6 months!!
I still keep my previous FZ150 with more than three years never had problems. Fz 200 made ​​in china, FZ150 made ​​in japan . I have read many users in diferent forums, with the same problem in FZ200. Never heard in FZ150
The IQ very similar in both models maybe FZ200 more brigth (2.8 apeture in all zoom) and noisy too, Fz150 best at ISO 800 even 1600.
FZ1000 is too big for me .
FZ150 will be my way now, more reliable than fz200

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Old Aug 29, 2014, 2:18 AM   #2
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G'day Mario

What a bugga mate ... that back wheel [just like on the SLRs] is so important to camera operations

We have an FZ100 + FZ200 + G2's in the household and so far [scratch head] no problems

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I think the problem with high priced bridge cameras is that if the body or the lens has a problem the whole camera is stuffed. I've bought the FZ200 but at a good price £289 because the FZ1000 is out.
The FZ1000 at £749 , forget it as far as I'm concerned.
Imagine dust on the sensor, megabucks back to Panasonic. So for that sort of money a DSLR has got to be a better bet. Nikon charged £25 to clean up a sensor not that long ago.
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 12:56 PM   #4
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Thanks Phil , Deadshot, for your comments.
the problem:if you use the camera in A mode, for example, you control the aperture moving the wheel and pressing inward can change the function of it to compensate Expocision (turns yellow exposure meters), the failure is that this function is not enabled and you have to do it from the quick menu, but is slower and harder. The same happens in mode S.

This is simply poor quality components, I will not buy another Panasonic, for more fantastic than are its features, no one says it is not repeated in other models, in fact I read in some forums and similar problems LX3 LX5

Bye bye, Panny! ...

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Sorry to hear that Mario, and as I have a FZ200, though it is doing fine now, looks like I have to keep my fingers crossed!
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 1:12 PM   #6
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Thanks Raghu, I confess I never expected something like this, after having FZ45, FZ150, which I still keep and works perfect, FZ200 disappointed me in construction / QUALITY PARTS.
Surely my next camera, will Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Oly, Ricoh but it sure will not PANASONIC.
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Sucama, I know your feeling very well.
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Thanks Carol, I see your F70 issue, I I fully understand...
Poor Quality controls, low quality Parts, tend to low cost, Made in China, no Japan, Etc...
other brands do the same, the problem is that you begin to notice in Panasonic so far no major problems
I hope you can solve your problem. I bought my camera in another country. I don´t have support in Argentina.

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So sorry to hear of you problem, that rear wheel is pretty essential, I'd be lost without it, great for fine adjusting manual focus too !

I was interested to read that the FZ150 is was made in Japan, and the FZ200 in China, I am in a similar situation with my FZ150 and FZ70/72. I hadn't noticed that the FZ72 was made in China. I will definitely hang on to my FZ150 after reading this thread.
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