For studio or event work, most of us use our DSLR cameras to shoot. However, for traveling and everyday fun photos it’s great to have some lighter weight equipment. Yes, you can use your smartphone (and I often do) for these kind of pictures, but often there’s a need to get better quality images. That’s where those so called “bridge” cameras come into play. There are a number of good ones on the market now. And while they can’t replace DSLRs in some areas (at least not yet), for web images and most common size printed photos, they do just as good a job and don’t load you down like all of your DSLR equipment can.
I considered getting the Canon SX50 since I shoot with Canon DSLRs. But the one that really intrigued me was the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. In addition to the 600mm zoom Leica lens, this camera has a continuous minimum f2.8. That would seem to be great for those low light shots. The reviews I read online were all very positive too, so I decided to go ahead and order one for myself. I received it today and can’t wait to try it out.
Here are my initial observations.
–Camera controls and operation is very intuitive and easy.
–Camera is very lightweight and comfortable in hands.
–Viewfinder is very clear and bright with settings easy to read.
–Tele and wide controls are smooth.
–Image quality on program mode is excellent.
I’ll be posting some sample shots and updates on how the camera is working out for me. Stay tuned.