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A walk-around camera

As a photographer who carries full-sized Nikon cameras, I've been looking for a small camera to carry around during my off-hours. I found an affordable point-and-shoot in the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, purchased used on Amazon.com. The camera has some commendable features: a super zoom with an equivalent of 25-600mm in 35mm format, a flip-out screen on the back, an audio input for video microphones, HD video and a compact size. 

After using this camera, I'm disappointed with the overall quality of the images but thrilled with the quick snaps I've made in places where I didn't have my larger, heavier cameras available. I have enjoyed shooting many videos with the camera, which excels in HD quality for its overall size.

I added an Eye-fi card, which puts out a wireless signal so that photos can be transferred to a cell phone or tablet via an app. 

Here is a video shot with the FZ200.

What point-and-shoot camera has impressed you with size and photo quality?




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Jesse Tinsley
Jesse Tinsley joined The Spokesman-Review in 1989. He currently is a photojournalist in the Photo Department covering daily news and shoots drone photography.

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