Panasonic DMC-FZ200?

To: "Carl Clifford" <>, "Birding-Aus Aus" <>
Subject: Panasonic DMC-FZ200?
From: "Rosemary Royle" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:45:51 +0100
Hi Carl,

Sorry this response is a little late; I have just returned from a volunteer working party on Skokholm, a major island site for puffins and Manx Shearwaters in Wales.

Two years ago, when I was suffering from back problems, I bought a Leica V Lux 3 to take on a trip when I did not fancy carrying my Nikon DSLR's and lenses through the mud of Malaysia and PNG. This Leica is essentially the same as the Panasonic FMC-DZ150, (the predecessor to the DZ200) although I believe that Leica have the first pick of the sensors and lenses.

Whilst the small camera has its drawbacks, I have been very pleased with the results it gives, which have been good enough for the talks we give. The main drawbacks are associated with the electronic viewfinder- poor contrast in the viewfinder image, tricky but possible manual focussing (although particularly tricky finding and focussing on a small bird in a bush), slow auto-focussing, delay in taking the shot after pressing the shutter button. The facilities and adjustments on the camera are pretty well the same as on a DSLR. The buttons on the camera are small, and pretty well impossible to use with gloves on (as I recently found out on a trip to arctic Norway).

Overall this cannot be regarded as an substitute to a DSLR set up, but rather as an alternative lightweight option with some limitations. If you are used to using a DSLR you will be frustrated at times, but at least you will always have the camera with you, which may not be the case if you have a telescope and tripod plus DSLR.

I have attached, in a separate email just to Carl, a picture I took of a Brown Falcon in NT last year.

Hope this is useful

Peter Royle (UK)

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