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Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8

Portability
86
Imaging
54
Features
66
Overall
58
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS200
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 340g - 111 x 66 x 45mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Other Name is Lumix DC-TZ200
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS100
Panasonic FH8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Overview

Following is a in-depth assessment of the Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8, former is a Large Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the ZS200 (20MP) and FH8 (16MP) and the ZS200 (1") and FH8 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor sizing.

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The ZS200 was revealed 6 years after the FH8 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZS200 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Panasonic FH8 being a Compact camera.

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick overview of how the ZS200 scores versus the FH8 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS200 over the Panasonic FH8

 ZS200 FH8 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018January 2012More modern by 75 months
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen resolution1240k230kClearer screen (+1010k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH8 over the Panasonic ZS200

 FH8 ZS200 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS200 and Panasonic FH8

 ZS200 FH8 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS200 has got outside measurements of 111mm x 66mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") along with a weight of 340 grams (0.75 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FH8 has specifications of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 123 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the ZS200 compared to the FH8.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS200 and FH8 is 86 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizes only by looking through specs. The pic below should give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS200 and FH8.

All in all, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The ZS200 using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic ZS200 will result in greater detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher ZS200 is going to have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH8 Portrait photography highlights
65
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
34
resolution is good (16MP)
features face detection focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Street photography details
Panasonic FH8 Street photography details
77
has image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
has touch to focus
screen does not articulate
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (123 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Sports photography camera
70
great zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
good battery life (370 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
40
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Travel photography camera
76
good battery life (370 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
has touch to focus
MP count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
long reach (360mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than competition (123 grams)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Landscape photography info
Panasonic FH8 Landscape photography info
70
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (370 per charge)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
43
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Vlogging camera
35
reasonably wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone socket
33
fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
lighter than competition (123g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic jack
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Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic FH8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS200 and Panasonic FH8
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Otherwise known as Lumix DC-TZ200 -
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2018-02-13 2012-01-09
Body design Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type MOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Minimum boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-360mm (15.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 5cm 4cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,240 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.80 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 340 gr (0.75 lb) 123 gr (0.27 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 66 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 370 shots 260 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $800 $149