Thanks for the preview Gordon, I'm really hoping this is the one for me, after my disappointment with the FZ150 â€” and that was due to one issue only.
I bought the FZ150 some months back but returned it when I discovered that I was unable to view the full display thru the EVF, due to not being able to get my eyeball close enough to the viewer. I need to wear my specs at all times (I have astigmatism).
I discovered that the available viewing window on the EVF of the FZ150 is greatly reduced by a black masking which is applied to the inside of the viewing pane. Without that there would be no problem whatever, in my estimation. A ca. 17 x 12mm window is reduced to something like 8 x 6mm by this masking. I reported my observations to Panasonic UK, and they told me they would pass the info on as part of their next "Voice of the Customer" report.
I don't know what the reasoning was for the masking in the first place, but I hope they see fit to reduce it or eliminate it completely in future models, as I suggested â€” no extra cost involved, and we bespectacled folks can come on board! It was very disappointing to have to send back the FZ150, and I really hope the FZ200 will be a keeper.
So Gordon, if you have a chance to get your hands on another FZ200 could you please check out the EVF in this regard. Don a heavy pair of (sun)glasses and see what you can or cannot see, or just draw the EVF away from your eye and note when vignetting starts. Also, if you happen to bump into Panny blokes with clout, please make them aware of this grievance, which can be easily fixed in my humble opinion.
All the best, and keep up your great reviews!