Toe to toe digital combat -- FZ200 vs. G3X

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Jock Elliott, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    FX200, 600mm:

    FZ200 tests 001.JPG
    G3X, 600mm:

    G3X tests 002.JPG
    Moving into the realm of digital zoom:

    FZ200, 48X:

    FZ200 tests 002.JPG
    G3X, 50X:

    G3X tests 003.JPG
    FZ200, 96X:

    FZ200 tests 003.JPG
    G3X, 100X:

    G3X tests 004.JPG
    The FZ200 has been tweaked with in-camera settings, per Graham Houghton. The G3X is straight out of the box, about an hour ago. Taken in P mode, at whatever settings the cameras thought were right and proper.


    Fz200, 48x, iso 1600:

    FZ200 tests 003.JPG
    G3X, 50x, iso 4000:

    G3X tests 016.JPG

    I would be interested in any comments on the comparison.

    Cheers, Jock
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2015
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  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    The FZ200 is a little noisier, but close enough in details to not matter much.
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    The G3X could use some tweaking, e.g., sharpening. The light bulb shot really shows the effect of the larger sensor Why was the iso a stop and bit higher on the G3X?
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    That is what the camera selected. I used P mode on both cameras.

    Cheers, Jock
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    I'm not in the market for a superzoom, but thought this might be a good place to mention that there is a used (9 out of 10) FZ200 at B & H for $189. Even if you just use it as a fixed 600 lens, it's quite a deal. Maybe for someone who wants to adopt the two camera solution. Used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera DMC-FZ200K B&H
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  6. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    Nice comparison Jock. To me it validates the idea that if one of these were to be your only camera it would seem logical to invest in the more expensive, larger sensor option. But if you have other primary options, for low light, or whatever, then going with the value option might make a lot of sense (and dollars).
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  7. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    And the LX-7 is under $200 at Adorama. So for under $400 you can get a decent two camera solution that covers a wide focal range.
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  8. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    LX7 < $200 is used.
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