The Lumix ZS200, also known as the Lumix TZ200 outside the US, is specifically designed for travel photography. This compact camera boasts a 20-megapixel sensor and a 15X optical zoom lens, allowing you to capture stunning photos and videos. Let’s delve into the details of the Panasonic Lumix ZS200 to discover more.
The Panasonic ZS200 is a swift and responsive camera. It boasts a shooting speed of up to 10 frames per second, with an impressive buffer depth. In our lab tests, the ZS200 captured 139 JPEGs, 33 RAW, or 28 RAW+JPEG files before experiencing any slowdown. Compared to its predecessor, the ZS100, the ZS200 exhibits a significant improvement in RAW buffer depth.
Moreover, the camera’s menus are snappy, and its overall performance is seamless. It offers good battery life, allowing you to shoot up to 370 photos per charge when using the LCD or 250 photos when using the electronic viewfinder.
3. Image Quality
Equipped with a 20MP 1-inch sensor, the Lumix ZS200 delivers exceptional image quality and impressive detail. You can confidently crop your photos without sacrificing their clarity. Take, for instance, the bright-light test shot, which exhibits fine details, including subtle lines in the drawings. The camera accurately captures vivid and saturated colors, while maintaining a balanced dynamic range from highlights to shadows.
In addition, the Lumix ZS200 supports RAW file capture, allowing you to unleash its full potential through post-processing in a photo-editing app. RAW files provide uncompressed data, resulting in higher-quality images.
4. Video Quality
The Panasonic ZS200 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to video capabilities. It can record 4K UHD videos at up to 30 frames per second, matching its competitors. The recorded 4K UHD video boasts a bitrate of 100 Mbps in the MP4 format.
The ZS200 delivers solid 4K video quality, capturing intricate details at lower ISO settings. However, it’s worth noting that the camera applies a 1.5x crop, limiting wide-angle shooting possibilities. For instance, at 24mm, the field of view in 4K UHD video is reduced to approximately 36mm.
Autofocus performance during video recording is generally acceptable, although it may occasionally exhibit some focus hunting, particularly in 4K video. This is more noticeable due to the higher level of detail. However, it’s less of an issue during Full HD video recording. If you require a higher frame rate, the camera allows shooting at up to 120 fps at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
5. Battery Life
Panasonic claims that the ZS200 can capture approximately 370 photos when using the touch-screen display in live view and 250 photos when using the electronic viewfinder. Compared to other bridge cameras like the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, this is an impressive battery life.
Regarding video recording, the ZS200 can shoot approximately 100 minutes of HD-resolution video, with each clip having a 50-minute limit. For 4K-resolution video, the camera can record about 90 minutes, with each clip having a 45-minute limit. Although it falls slightly short compared to the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, which offers approximately 240 minutes of HD video (without 4K recording), the ZS200’s battery life is still commendable.
In conclusion, we hope that this Panasonic Lumix ZS200 review has provided you with valuable insights to aid your decision-making process.