Panasonic ZS200

 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 front
 
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase 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
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DC-TZ200
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS100
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
86
Imaging
56
Features
66
Overall
60

Panasonic ZS200 summary

Panasonic ZS200 is Panasonic's Large Sensor Compact camera initially launched on February of 2018. The camera houses a 20MP, MOS 1" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5472 x 3648. It is also known as "Lumix DC-TZ200" in some markets.

Panasonic released this camera to update the previous Panasonic ZS100 (Read Full Comparison)

The ZS200 ranks at #34 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #285 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic ZS200 family

The Panasonic ZS200 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can view all older and latest models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-ZS200 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS20024-360mm
F3.3-6.4
20MP1"2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS100 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS100
ZS200 vs ZS100
25-250mm
F2.8-5.9
20MP1"2016
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Panasonic ZS200 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Panasonic ZS200 based on criterias that are normally considered useful in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI out
excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (24mm)
features focus via touch
flash built-in
good battery pack (370 CIPA)
has manual focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
nice screen size (3 inches)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
screen has good resolution (1,240 thousand dots)
sensor size is good (1")
supports bluetooth
supports RAW formats
touch screen
very long reach (360mm)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect AF
no articulating screen
no external mic support
no headphone support
slow at tele end (f6.4)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Panasonic ZS200 Sensor info

The Panasonic ZS200 features the Venus Engine processor chip. The sensor spec on the Panasonic ZS200 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The MOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. This ISO can also be widened electronically to 80 to 25600. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the ZS200's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The ZS200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic ZS200 dimensions

Panasonic ZS200 weighs around 0.75 pounds (340g / 11.99 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 111mm x 66mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 394g and the Panasonic ZS200 is less heavy compared with various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Panasonic ZS200 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button arrangement on the ZS200.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 topview buttons dials

Panasonic ZS200 Lens info

The ZS200 provides a built in lens and a focal range of 24-360mm making it a 15.0 x zoom which is very good and does make it easier to zoom right in.

At the widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f3.3 which will be rather slow and not good in low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to increase the ISO causing noisy files. Towards the tele end, 360mm is amazing zoom and comes at f6.4 making it pretty sluggish and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic ZS200 Connectivity

The ZS200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send photos and usually adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Panasonic ZS200 Video info

The max video quality on the Panasonic ZS200 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 2160p provides a fantastic quality for video. You can easily crop to 1080p to get cleaner video. Be mindful of the large file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means that you get no control over your sound. It is probably best to get an alternative camera should you want decent sound in your video clips.

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Panasonic ZS200 Weather Sealing

Panasonic ZS200 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions might affect the camera.

Panasonic ZS200 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic ZS200 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 1,240 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can easily change focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 screen and viewfinder Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic ZS200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,330 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Panasonic ZS200 Shutter info

Panasonic ZS200 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may produce "rolling shutter" under certain situations.

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Panasonic ZS200 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic ZS200 includes only built in flash without external flash support.

Panasonic ZS200 Autofocusing info

Panasonic ZS200 includes just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it valuable for taking photos of people.

The Sensor supports 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic ZS200 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Panasonic ZS200 has got manual focusing in case it is required during low light or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Panasonic ZS200 Battery life

The battery pack for the Panasonic ZS200 is designed to last for 370 clicks according to the CIPA specifications making it above standard in comparison to its category. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has the maximum (450) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Panasonic ZS200 for varying styles of photography

The following chart provides a summary of the Panasonic ZS200 for varying styles of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic ZS200 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic ZS200 receives a points tally of 66 which is very good, and means the camera is a good pick for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible

Panasonic ZS200 Street photography info

With a brilliant points total of 77, the Panasonic ZS200 is a superb fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
supports RAW files
includes touch focus
screen does not articulate

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS200

A very good sports photography points tally of 71 means the Panasonic ZS200 is a respectable fit for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
good battery life (370 shots)
does not have phase detect AF

Panasonic ZS200 Travel photography advice

Weight is extremely critical in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Panasonic ZS200 gets a brilliant 76 for a travel camera which makes it a excellent pick to purchase for your travels.

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better than average battery (370 per charge)
has bluetooth
provides focus via touch
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (360mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic ZS200 Landscape photography details

For anybody who is looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic ZS200 at it's above average score of 71 for a landscape camera is a fine choice in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
great battery pack (370 shots)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic ZS200 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic ZS200 is not really good for vlogging as it delivers a horrible score of 35.

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decently wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic support

Panasonic ZS200 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the ZS200, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the ZS200 versus it's top ranking competitors listed above.

Following are additional cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200
Alternative name
Lumix DC-TZ200
Type
Large Sensor Compact
Revealed
2018-02-13
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
MOS
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
1"
Sensor dimensions
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW data
Highest native ISO
12800
Highest enhanced ISO
25600
Minimum native ISO
125
Minimum enhanced ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
49
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-360mm (15.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range
5cm
Crop factor
2.7
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
1,240 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,330 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
6.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
340g (0.75 lbs)
Dimensions
111 x 66 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8")
Other
Battery life
370 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
One
Pricing at release
$800