There is a growing market for entry-level digital SLRs and for compact interchangeable-lens camera systems, but not everyone wants to deal with the hassle (and expense) of buying and swapping a bunch of extra lenses. At the same time, you may want to have a little more utility and functionality than a standard compact point-and-shoot. And that’s where these “prosumer” ultrazooms can come into focus. (See what I did there?)
If you’re looking for a good deal on an ultrazoom, Newegg has a sale on the Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 for 25% off the regular price. The LUMIX FZ200 is still an easy-to-approach point and shoot, but the 12.1MP camera has a 1/2.3″ MOS sensor and an impressive 24x optical zoom, shooting at 25mm at its widest angle. There’s a “free angle” 3.0″ 460K LCD on the back, HDTV output, and the F2.8 aperture is available throughout the entire zoom range. If you wanted a 600mm f/2.8 lens on a DSLR, you’d be spending quite the pretty penny.
Other key features include the power optical image stabilizer, 14 creative controls, 6 color types (photo styles), a panorama shot mode, white balance bracket function, intelligent handheld night shot, 3D photo mode, 1cm macro focus, ISO100-6400, and full 1080p HD video at 60fps.
The regular price on the FZ200 is $599.99, but it’s on sale for $449.99 on Newegg.com.