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Old Aug 25, 2014, 2:59 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Currently I'am using an Pana FZ38, which still works great.
It is light, relatively compact, has a great battery and has made more
than 9000 photos.

However I want to upgrade to a newer model and a panasonic would be nice...
The FZ1000 would be the best choice, but the pricetag of 850 Euro is too much. And it is much larger than the FZ38.

My requirements are:

-Swivel LCD (I miss this, my previous Powershot SX2 had this option)
-Decent Full HD recording with zoom, stereo sound. (important)
-Wide angle (better than FZ38 would be nice, sometimes I need more)
-12MP is ok.
-Compact/Light (similar to FZ38 would be great)
-Batterypack with decent runtime
-at least 12-18x zoom.
-GPS and WIFI, Touchscreen would be nice (esp. GPS looks handy to me)
-Max 400-500 euro

I looked on the web and found 2 options:

Option 1: FZ200 (379 Euro)

-Good lens, 12MP, Full HD recording, Swivel LCD... But no GPS / WIFI (nice to have things). Also model is 2 years old.

How does it compare to the FZ38?
-Is the picture quality much better or similar?
-Is the Full HD movie quality top notch?


Option 2: Sony HX400v (469 Euro)

-Bigger, more MP (same sensor), more zoom, WIFI / GPS, Apps... New model

How does it compare to FZ38?
-Is the picture quality much better or similar?
-Is the Full HD movie quality top notch?

What other options do I have?
Is a Canon SX50HS maybe also a good choice? Costs only 299 Euro

Thanks for your answers,

Maurice
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 4:02 AM   #2
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I have the FZ200 since february and I'm very pleased with it. I can't compare to the FZ38, but it's better than my Panasonic TZ40, wich is a good camera on it's own right.
Of course no Wifi or GPS but I don't miss it (The TZ40 has it)
The FZ200 cost €379 in Belgium, are you from that region?
Here you find some flickr samples of the FZ200:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/fz_200/

The FZ1000 is the bridge camera to have. I'm in doubt if I should sell my Sony A6000 and buy one. But the A6000 is a very good system camera with an APS-C sensor, wich give very good low light pictures.

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the FZ200 is a step up from the FZ150, which was a step forward from the FZ38.
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the FZ200 is a step up from the FZ150, which was a step forward from the FZ38.
The FZ150 is a stepup from the FZ100. The FZ40/FZ45 and the FZ48 are actually the first stepups from the FZ38, as you can see in this Wikipedia article on Lumix camera's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumix

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i know the history. i'm not saying it's the next generation from the FZ38, just that it's a step up - image quality, etc.

does your A6000's EVF show accurate color/lighting in less than low light? i'm very interested in the A6000, but my 5R's EVF was very inaccurate in lower light, which is why i sold it. thanks!
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i know the history. i'm not saying it's the next generation from the FZ38, just that it's a step up - image quality, etc.

does your A6000's EVF show accurate color/lighting in less than low light? i'm very interested in the A6000, but my 5R's EVF was very inaccurate in lower light, which is why i sold it. thanks!
The A6000 is good in that aspect but of course it's not a FF camera.
But up to iso 6400 it's certainly a worthy low light camera.
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G'day all

The FZ200's main feature is its lens - a fully fledged high-quality constant aperture-while-zooming lens

To better this you're into the full-frame SLRs with expensive lenses ... ie: sell the car to buy the camera & lenses

The FZ200 is at the end of its 2-year product life and now is very definitely the time to buy one, as in a month or so, there will be none left on the shelf

The very-new FZ1000 certainly has more video features, but it also has an issue with focus while zooming while in video mode. If you are planning to do movies, I suggest you have a sqwiz at Graeme Horton's video library for this camera ... he recommends the FZ200 for video work

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the FZ200 has a lot going for it, and it's the one i'd get. but if it's on the pricy side, the canon SX50 or the panny FZ70 might work for you, too.


rudimaes, i've been impressed with the A6000 samples. also when i tried it in a store i really liked the size and form - it's very comfotable to hold. i was just concerned about EVF accuracy as i haven't found my previous sony E mount cameras delivered in that department, so thanks for the reply!

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The A6000 is good in that aspect but of course it's not a FF camera.
But up to iso 6400 it's certainly a worthy low light camera.
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the FZ200 has a lot going for it, and it's the one i'd get. but if it's on the pricy side, the canon SX50 or the panny FZ70 might work for you, too.


rudimaes, i've been impressed with the A6000 samples. also when i tried it in a store i really liked the size and form - it's very comfotable to hold. i was just concerned about EVF accuracy as i haven't found my previous sony E mount cameras delivered in that department, so thanks for the reply!
You're welcome. The A6000 is certainly worth it's price.
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The FZ200 would seem the logical choice- not too dissimilar in size (a tad larger) and the menu system should be familiar... the IQ has improved since the FZ38...
If you need fast burst shooting with manual control then it's the Panny all the way.
The Canon SX50hs is a fine camera with very good IQ in its class- and if fast burst shooting with manual control is NOT on your list of requirements- certainly a viable option...
As for the Sony- too much image processing going on for my taste...
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