Meet the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200: the world’s furthest reaching pocketable 1″ -type camera. It sits beside the near-identical-looking ZS100 as the longer reaching model, providing a 24-360mm equiv. F3.3-6.4 zoom range compared to the 25-250mm equiv. F2.8-5.9 lens of the ZS100.
What’s cool about the ZS200 is its greater zoom range is achieved while barely increasing the size of the body (it’s 1mm thicker and 1mm taller than the ZS100), though the lens is nearly a half stop slower at the wide end, compared to its older sibling.
Both cameras use a 20.1MP 1″ -type sensor but the ZS200 gains a higher resolution 2.33M dot equiv. electronic viewfinder compared to the 1.7M dot LVF on the ZS100 (still field sequential, more on that later). Panasonic has also added low power Bluetooth connectivity, in addition to Wi-Fi. It also gains a 3cm macro mode (available on the wide end only), Panasonic’s L. Monochrome Photo Style, and a new highspeed 1080/120p video mode.
- 20.1MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor
- F3.3-6.4 24-360mm equiv. zoom lens
- 2.33M dot LVF with 0.53x equiv. magnification
- 10 fps burst (AF-S), 6 fps burst (AF-C)
- 5-axis in-body stablization
- UHD 4K/24/25/30p video
- 3″ touch LCD
- Depth from Defocus AF
- Wi-Fi and low power Bluetooth
- 4K Photo
- USB charging
To put it simply the ZS200 seems to take the excellent pedigree of the ZS100 (one of our picks for best travel camera), makes some slight improvements and adds a longer, slightly slower lens. Combined, these two cameras fill a gap in the 1″ -type compact camera market, providing significant telephoto reach beyond that of other pocket friendly models, such as the Sony RX100 series.
Compared to its peers
Speaking of the RX100 series, here’s how the ZS200 stacks up in terms of specification to its peers.
Panasonic has announced the ZS200/TZ200, a 20MP 1″-sensor compact that updates the existing ZS100 and its 25-250mm equiv. zoom with a 24-360mm equiv. F3.3-6.4 lens that’s both slightly wider and much longer (though a bit slower).
Like its predecessor the ZS200 offers a 3″ touchscreen, accompanied by an upgraded 2.3 million-dot EVF with 0.53x magnification. Contrast detect autofocus is aided by Panasonic’s very good Depth from Defocus technology, and up to 10 fps burst shooting is available with AF-S (6 fps in AF-C). Rounding out a travel-friendly feature set are 4K video, Wi-Fi with Bluetooth, 5-axis image stabilization and a new L.Monochrome Photo Style for a black-and-white film look.
The ZS200’s 3840 x 2160 4K recording is offered at 30p and 24p. Familiar 4K Photo features like Post Focus are available, in addition to a couple of new modes. Auto Marking analyzes a 4K video clip and automatically marks points at which it detects action. Sequence Composition allows you to composite multiple frames of a moving subject in front of a static background into a single image – think of the images you see of a snowboarder frozen mid-flight in the various stages of a jump.
The Panasonic ZS200 boasts an improved battery life of 370 shots per charge (the ZS200 claimed 300) thanks to a new eco-friendly mode. It will ship in mid-March for $799 in your choice of gunmetal silver or black.
LUMIX DMC-ZS200 Travel Zoom Camera
Powerful 15x Optical Zoom with 1-in. 20.1-MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for 4K Video/ 4K PHOTO Capability
Newark, NJ (February 13, 2018) –Panasonic is proud to introduce the LUMIX DMC-ZS200, the new flagship camera of the popular Travel Zoom series. The compact LUMIX ZS200 comes with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and enhanced 15x optical zoom (35mm