Hey! You should know that Panasonic has released a newer version of this product: the Panasonic DMC-FZ300.
The FZ200 marks a return to the series' vaunted past, with this latest addition boasting an incredible nano coated 25-600mm f2.8 constant zoom. While other manufacturers are piling on the megapixels (Sony) or the zoom range (Nikon and Canon), Panasonic is clearly carving themselves a niche in the high-performance segment of the market. The new 12.1 megapixel sensor coupled with that constant f2.8 and the new "lightspeed" autofocus make the FZ200 a real functional alternative to a DSLR with bulky telephoto lens. The FZ200 actually bests the mirrorless G5's burst numbers at 5.5fps with full-time autofocus (12fps single focus) and high speed 720p recording at 120fps. These performance numbers are supported by a 1 second start-up time and 540-shot battery life. At an initial asking price of $599 only those who really need such performance will bite, but we're glad to see a high-end option like the FZ200 now exists. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive so far, with few finding any real faults in the camera.