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PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 15X Leica DC Lens with Stabilization, 20.1 Megapixel, Large 1 inch Low Light Sensor (DC-ZS200S USA Silver)
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- [Larger 1 Inch Sensor] 20.1 Megapixels large sensor for brighter and more colorful photos (12800 Max ISO).
- [LEICA DC 15x Lens] Leading class optical zoom performance with a bright F3.3 ? 6.4 aperture for soft defocus background effects. (24-360mm, 5 Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+)
- [Creative Control] Scene modes, filter modes, adds creativity while traditional aperture and shutter priority modes allow for background defocus or eliminate sports motion blur.
- [4K Features] 4K Video 30p, 4K PHOTO, and 4K Live Crop turn 4K frame capture into photography. Focusing Area - Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity. Focusing Area - AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
- [Electronic Viewfinder] plus a touch-enabled LCD for greater control and easier image viewing.
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LUMIX ZS200 : 4K / 20.1MP / 15x Zoom
Your Perfect Travel Companion
Capture every moment in exceptional color and detail day or night, both close and far away. Sleek and pocket-size, the ZS200 includes a powerful 15x optical zoom, large 1-inch MOS sensor for high-quality imaging in low-light conditions, 4K video and photo, WiFi connectivity and a Leica DC Lens.
Large 1-inch 20.1MP Sensor
Good low light performance comes from larger sensors. The LUMIX ZS200 features a High-sensitivity 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel MOS sensor capable of 12800 ISO for excellent low-light performance.
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|Item Dimensions||4.38 x 1.78 x 2.61 inches||1.62 x 4.40 x 2.64 inches||5.39 x 5.16 x 3.90 inches||9.10 x 9.10 x 9.10 inches||—||1.65 x 4.15 x 2.36 inches|
|Item Weight||1.17 lbs||0.71 lbs||1.83 lbs||1.87 lbs||—||0.68 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.1 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.0 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
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|Viewfinder Type||Electronic||Electronic||Electronic||—||Optical||flexible LCD|
The LUMIX ZS200 offers a large 1” sensor with superior low light performance and a 24mm ultra wide angle LEICA DC Lens with up to 15X of optically stabilized zoom. LUMIX offers high reliability. >>
Lumix cameras and Leica DC Lenses are favored by camera enthusiasts because for high performance and reliability. Along with its 15X LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, the LUMIX ZS200 offers Panasonic’s 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) to provide a versatile angle of view while suppressing hand-shake in both photo and video recording. (35mm camera equivalent: 24-360mm). It also enables stunning macro shots as close as 3cm. For even more creative photography, the LUMIX ZS200 integrates a new L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style, to create an impressive monochrome image with rich gradation like that of black-and-white film. Adoption of a large 1-inch MOS sensor enables high-quality image recording with stunning details. The combination of a High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and LUMIX Venus Engine achieves maximum ISO 12,800 high-sensitivity recording with stunning image quality that exceeds the limits of ordinary digital compact cameras.
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That's where this Panasonic fits in. I've been looking for a pocketable travel camera that can bridge the gap between an iPhone 6 and my Nikon DSLRs. My requirements were as follows: small camera body, attached lens (so it can be used at concerts), 1" sensor, and a generous zoom range.
What's so important about the sensor size? A camera with a larger 1" sensor is able to capture more photo detail with less noise than the usual 2/3" size. This is most noticeable when taking photos in low light. The Sony RX 100 III and Canon G7x are the benchmarks for the 1" sensor cameras, but I needed a longer zoom in order to shoot concerts, and sports. As far as I can tell, the Panasonic is unique in this price range for the combination of the 1" sensor and longer-than-the-competition zoom.
* Solid Feel
* standard micro-USB cable
* Larger 1" sensor (larger than the majority of point-and-shoot models)
* Longest zoom in this price range amongst its peers
* RAW+JPG option
* 4K Video
* Electronic Viewfinder
* physical lens-ring control
* thumb-wheel control
* Smartphone integration (I can only test the iPhone app) - Live real-time camera controls, transfer photos and videos, GPS tagging
* Fast menus
* Fast focus
* Custom White Balance
* Full manual controls
* Customizable Dials
* Create features such as Post Focus and 4K Photo
Dislikes: (these are really first-world problems)
* no flash hot shoe (but its competitors may not have one either)
* no external microphone option (but its competitors may not have one either)
* It barely fits in my front-jeans pocket. I have to be careful not to scratch it with the metal rivet on the jeans
Panasonic has this very interesting feature called Post Focus. The camera will rapid fire a series of shots using different focal points and let the user choose what to focus on AFTER the picture has been taken. Another unique feature is 4K Photo, the camera will basically take 4K video and let you extract high-quality 4K stills from the stream. I can see this being extremely useful with fast moving kids and pets.
I plan to add more to this review in the future...but for now, I've attached some photos samples. I've also included a size comparison between the iPhone 6 and Panasonic. As well as low-light comparison shots between the iPhone 6 and Panasonic in a poorly lit room. All shots including the low-light shots were hand-held without a tripod.
So far, every camera feature appears to work as advertised. There were comments on another website about wifi problems, I had none. The wireless bridge between the camera and iPhone worked every time. Note: I do have a dual-band router and although the 2.4Ghz channel was found, the 5Ghz was not. That may be why it didn't matter in my place.
The lens is not as sharp as I expected. I understand that in putting such a huge zoom lens in this camera that there would be some compromises. Unfortunately, a loss of sharpness is not one that I can abide. If you don't intend to enlarge your photos you should be fine. However if you crop your photos there just isn't much sharpness to work with. I'm sure things would be much sharper with a tripod support, however, for a walk around travel camera who really wants to burden themselves with extra gear? I know this makes me a lazy photographer. However, I have lugged full-frame cameras with huge telephotos and a bag of lenses and flashes all over the place and back and let me tell you, a small camera like this with all its features is a joy. Still, I want a sharp lens.
The lens is too slow for me. While perfectly adequate for static subjects like landscapes or achitecture, you will tear out your hair trying to stop even the most gentle motion. Either you crank up the ISO and suffer increased noise or you can slow the shutter and tempt camera shake.
The viewfinder is very low contrast and seems hazy. Physically, it is clean. However, it just looks hazy and washed out. It is certainly usable, but the poor image quality is annoying. If you have ever used an old-style rangefinder camera with a fingerprint smeared up front glass, it looks just like that.
The battery life is good, a bit better than I expected. Also the camera gives several options for working with reduced power so your mileage might go up by 20% or so from usual. Also, you can charge the battery in the camera. Very nice for travel as you can use the same charger for phone (in most cases) as the camera and have less gear to pack.
The menus are very complete and not too disorganized.
The 4K modes are astonishingly useful and the focus stacking can help you get a usable photo in a difficult situation. This camera lets you exercise your creativity with so many modes and options. Or, if you want simple, just put it in iA mode and let the camera do the work.
The camera is made in China. (Just like the RX100VI)
The wireless features work as expected with my Android phone. Bluetooth location tagging is top notch for travel. On the down side, there is NO airplane mode. You have to wade through the menus and turn all the radios off if you need to go dark.
No "Delete First" option when viewing photos. You always have to press a button to confirm you want to delete. The extra step annoys me especially because I am so used to having this available with Nikon and Sony cameras.
The touch screen is what everybody seems to clamor for these days. I'll say it works as it is supposed to. Unfortunately I grew so tired of touching the screen inadvertently and having annoying things pop up that required attention that I just turned the darn thing off.
Be prepared to read the manual. Even if you consider yourself a photography whiz this camera can baffle you right out of the gate. For example, if the monitor does not work you may have inadvertently pushed the LVF button. Press it a few times to cycle through the options and bring things back to life. Also, what does LVF mean anyway? I finally figured out it means "Live View Finder". It's buried in the big manual online. Just like other things such as "Starlight Mode" and others. The camera has vast capabilites but they are not all laid out in a linear easy to grasp fashion. You have to practically stumble onto each one and then grope for understanding in the manual. Various bizarre icons drove me nuts trying to look them up when they pop up. Stay strong, persevere and you will catch on to it all. (Or, just go to iA mode and wrack your brain some other day.)
I don't like where the movie button is. I keep pressing it to turn on the camera. Perhaps I should say instead that I hate how long it takes me to break old habits but still, that's where the power button should be in my opinion. Generally speaking, all the buttons should be larger and a little bit easier to press. After an all day session with the camera my button pushing finger was pretty sore. On the contrary, the large lens ring is way too easy to turn. This makes it pretty much useless as it takes nothing to bump it and change a setting.
I've made some negative comments but I do find this an acceptable camera for the right user, namely, casual photographers who will not be overly critical of the picture quality and who want the many travel-oriented features.
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Beware: If you leave the ISO setting on automatic, the zs100 can select insanely high values that will give you grain that compromises detail -- otherwise known as electonic noise. But you can set an ISO upper limit, or nail your ISO at a specific value. And unlike most cameras this size, you can shoot in full manual mode, and save RAW files for advanced post-processing.
You will need an accessory grip for this camera, because the finish is slippery. Amazon has the Flipbac G3 grip, which is inexpensive, made of grippy silicone, and ensures a solid hold. This camera is not splash proof, dust proof or knock-proof, so you need a case. The Megagear case, also sold on Amazon, fits perfectly and accomodates the extra grip if you add one. The camera uses battery power at a greater rate than the manufacturer claims, so I suggest buying the BM Premium combo pack of two extra batteries and a charger.
The 400-page advanced manual available online is one of the the most poorly written pieces of documentation I have seen, and anyone who is not familiar with digital cameras will be completely at sea. But if you are familiar with them, you'll be fine with the documentation. I have no comment about the zs100 video features, which I understand are major, but which I do not use or care about. I bought this for still photography. FYI, I'm a former journalist, trained in photography, and recently retired from a communications job in which I regularly used pro-level DSLRs in the line of duty. I hope this review is useful.
There are few pocketable superzooms, and even fewer ones with a sensor larger than 1/2.3. I've had good experience with the Panasonic/Lumix ZS line, so I checked out the ZS100 and the newer ZS200. The 200 has a 50% longer zoom and a few extra minor features, but is otherwise identical to the 100. Compressing that longer zoom came at a cost, though: the lens of the ZS200 isn't as sharp as of the ZS100, and at 1:3.3 versus 1:2.8, it's somewhat slower. It would be a tough choice if the two were similarly priced, but at 40% more, the ZS200 lost to the older, cheaper, sharper model.
Panasonic made some notable improvements over the previous ZS models:
* The large sensor provides for vastly improved colour and clarity.
* The PASM dial is now stiffer to turn, so you won't accidentally change modes when you put the camera in your pocket as would often happen with older models.
* The flimsy rear dial, often the first thing to break, has been replaced with a robust metal dial on top.
* A standard micro-USB connector is now available for charging and downloading pictures - you'll only use that exotic mini-HDMI cable to connect the camera to a TV/monitor (does anyone do that?)
* The addition of the eye sensor for the EVF is much welcome.
* The pop-up flash is an improvement over the built-in one, which was easy to obstruct with your finger when holding the camera. The software is also smarter, and will automatically disable burst mode as soon as you pop up the flash, rather than issue an annoying "Cannot use flash with Burst Mode" error as the old models did.
* RAW mode, for those who like twiddling with Photoshop.
* Improved burst mode; it claims 10 fps continuous. In practice, even with a Class 10 U-3 90MB/s write SDXC card, you'll only get a few dozen shots before it starts throttling, and that's even with the highest compression JPG setting. At 5 fps, it seems you can continue indefinitely.
* The beefed-up DMW-BLG10 lithium-ion battery is a big improvement over the older BCM13. Of course, this camera also consumes more power than its older, smaller siblings. The mostly useless CIPA rating of 300 shots is only limited by the 150 flash firings. Without flash, I was able to take over 5,000 (yes, five _thousand_) shots over the course of three hours, and the battery indicator only dropped to two out of three bars.
On the minus side:
* Replacing the GPS older models had with a smartphone app is a major step down. The app is fidgety, unreliable, difficult to use, and drains your phone's battery. Seeing as there are many Android apps that use the GPS without draining the battery, this has to be a case of poor programming. The ZS200 uses Bluetooth instead of Wifi, but still relies on the same poorly designed app.
* The little hinged door covering the connectors has been replaced with a fickle cover hanging on two flexible plastic hooks. Connecting a cable is now much more hassle.
One issue that deserves special mention is the focusing problems, which many have mentioned. This is not motion blur, nor is it limited to just the telephoto range of the zoom. I've seen it happen at all focal lengths, even with the camera completely stationary. It likely has to do with Panasonic's new Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology. If you half-press the shutter and give the camera enough time to focus, you'll generally get decent results, but when using burst mode or pressing the shutter without half-pressing first, a notable percentage of pictures will be entirely out of focus.
You can somewhat alleviate the focusing problem by making sure the Focus/Release Priority is set to "FOCUS", and the AF Mode set to a mode that doesn't use the entire image. Changing the default Auto Focus Single to Auto Focus Flexible/Continuous may also help, depending on the situation. But even then, you'd often get a picture that is completely out of focus. DFD sounds like a promising technology, but clearly needs more work.
September 2019 update: After three months of using the camera, I've run into other problems, most notably frequent failure of the burst mode. Regardless of what speed I set the burst mode to, it occasionally stops after just one or two shots. This is not related to buffering; I'm using one of the fastest SDXC cards available. I have no problem recording 4k video, but when taking 10 fps bursts, the camera software will sometimes crash so badly, the only way to recover is by removing and reinserting the battery. This serious flaw limits the usability of the camera for me.
The macro focus could be better.