Panasonic FZ200 Noise at High ISO – Your Opinion

October 8, 2012

In this article I want to talk about the Panasonic FZ200 High ISO performance.  The FZ200 is one of the most interesting and highly recommended superzooms for 2012, but when it comes to high ISO performance, it doesn’t seems to deliver optimal results. The Panasonic Lumix® DMC-FZ200 seems like the perfect zoom camera if it wasn’t for the bad high ISO performance.

The noise problem is mentioned in various places: dpreview forum, and many other places. The FZ200 might be a great camera for low light shooting, but that’s because of it’s fast f/2.8 constant aperture, not due to its high ISO performance. In fact, I probably don’t recommend shooting above ISO400. Even at ISO400 you can see some smudgy details in complex scenes.

FZ200 noise

The FZ200 can take beautiful images at lower ISO, but the mediocre high ISO performance will certainly prevent some people from touching this camera. That’s quite a shame considering all the good things that this camera offers.

I am opening this post to hear your comments and what do you think about the FZ200 high ISO / Noise performance? -  Please share your comments below..

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  • khalid

    nice review

  • Priyo Kumar

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 with a F2.8 maximum aperture across the entire zoom range is quite bright and no need to push high ISO range. If it has a constant f2.8 aperture why need to push high iso range like the slow lens in canon sx40 hs and even canon sx50 hs. Panasonic lumix dmc fz 200 beats all the other cameras in its range, even with a dslr camera it’s impossible to get a 24x 25-600mm equivalent lens with F2.8 across the zoom range. So, don’t shout the noise at high iso. You don’t even need to set iso with this camera.

  • Lee Boardman

    in some circumstances, you do need high iso irrespective of what lens you have fitted. For example you may want a larger depth of field or the scene may be dark. In these cases a noisy sensor will cause issues. From the reviews I’ve read, it does appear more noisy than other sensors which puts me off buying the camera. It’s a shame to have such a good camera and lens system, to be limited by a noisy sensor, particularly when it’s so unnecessary these days and Panasonic make such a song and dance about it being low noise on their website.

  • Andy Luvsmee

    Does appear to be a camera that requires shooting in RAW and/or some post processing work to produce good images in anything other than bright light.