Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Digital Compact Camera Review

In addition to being a stylish point-and-shoot camera, the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 Digital Camera is equipped with impressive photo and video capabilities. It is available in black and silver.

A huge 1″ High-Sensitivity MOS sensor and an optical zoom lens from Leica are integrated inside the camera, allowing it to capture high-quality 20.1MP photographs despite its small size (4.4″ in width). In addition to the sensor, the camera is equipped with a Venus Engine image processor, which can capture UHD 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and has an extended ISO of 25600 for usage in low-light settings.

The Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens that is included inside this camera offers an equivalent focal length range of 24-360mm, making it suitable for a broad range of shooting settings. In terms of video, the ZS200 has a High-Speed mode that lets it capture Full HD 120 frames per second footage and play it back at 30 frames per second, resulting in immediate slow-motion video.

A 4K Photo Mode is also available, which makes use of the camera’s video capabilities to capture 8 MP images at 30 frames per second; regular burst shooting at higher resolutions can achieve 10 frames per second in AF-S and 6 frames per second in AF-C, thanks to a fast depth-from-defocus (DFD) focusing system.

Lastly, a 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S image stabilization technology is included in all modes, with the exception of 4K and high-speed video recording, and it aids in the reduction of camera shaking for clearer imagery.

The ZS200 is also distinguished by its user-friendly physical design, which has both an electronic viewfinder and a back LCD screen. When shooting in Live View, the 0.21″ 2330k-Dot electronic viewfinder provides comfortable eye-level monitoring, while the big 3.0″ 1240k-dot LCD touchscreen is ideally suited for picture viewing, menu navigation, and live view shooting.

Additional capabilities include in-camera raw file processing, L-monochrome mode for black and white images, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to shoot in RAW format as well.

20.1 megapixels 1 “The MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine

a significant one “The 20.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor works in conjunction with the Venus Engine image processor to provide images with rich detail, reduced noise, and high sensitivity up to an increased ISO 25600 range.

With the sensor and CPU combination, continuous shooting speeds of 10 frames per second with single-shot AF, 6 frames per second with continuous AF, or 30 frames per second at 8MP in the 4K Photo burst mode are possible.

Zoom lens from Leica DC Vario-Elmar with a 15x magnification.

A 15x Leica DC Vario-Elmar zoom lens with an equivalent focal length range of 24-360mm and a maximum aperture range of f/3.3-6.4 provides a 24-360mm equivalent focal length range.

There are three ED elements, five aspherical elements, and one aspherical ED lens in the design of the lens, which helps to reduce spherical aberrations and distortions across the zoom range, resulting in improved picture clarity and sharpness.

With a 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization technology, the lens’ reach is extended even farther, allowing for crisper handheld photography in low-light circumstances while still maintaining the lens’ sharpness and contrast.

As a result of the image stabilization technology, a unique Level Shot function is enabled, which automatically identifies the horizontal line of the recording picture and maintains it level during the shooting process, independent of camera tilt, resulting in improved shooting stability.

Modes for 4K video and photography

As a result of this sensor and CPU combination, 4K video may be recorded in the MP4 format at speeds of 100 Mb/s at both 30p and 24p frame rates. The camera can also record in full high-definition (1080p or 720p), as well as in high-speed Full HD with 120 frames per second slow-motion replay.

Aside from video, the 4K capabilities allow for the capture of 8MP still images at 30 frames per second in three different ways:

Four-Kill Burst: Similar to video recording, this mode will let you continually record 8MP photographs at 30 frames per second for up to 15 minutes, making it excellent for situations where you need to capture the best moment possible at a fast frame rate.

4K Pre-Burst: This mode is useful for situations in which you are unsure of when to press the shutter button. It will record 8MP images at 30 frames per second one second before and one second after pressing the shutter button, giving you a total of 60 frames to choose from when pressing the shutter button.

4K Burst (S/S): This mode is the most closely related to the 4K video recording process, and it allows you to playback your video, pause it at a predetermined point, and then use the shutter button to select a frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame. 4K Burst (S/S):

This mode is the most closely related to the 4K video recording process, and it allows you to playback your video, pause it at a

Post-focus and light-speed automatic focusing

Another feature of the 4K capabilities is a unique focusing process known as Post Focus, which is only available in 4K.

Post Focus works in conjunction with the Light Speed AF focusing system, which uses a 49-area contrast-detection focusing system, and the intelligent Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology to record imagery as a 4K MP4 file at 30 frames per second while shifting the specific point of focus throughout the burst shooting process to provide a variety of distinct focusing ranges to choose from.

The camera’s touchscreen allows you to select the particular portion of the image that you want to be in focus as the image is being played back, and an 8MP JPEG file will be produced. You may split the original burst into many distinct files with different points of focus.

You can also employ the focusing assist capabilities in order to achieve even more precision when concentrating on a specific in-focus region.

Live View Finder and Touchscreen on the Rear LCD Display

With a Live View Finder (LVF), which is built into the elegant body design, users may monitor their images at a comfortable eye level.

This 0.21 percent represents “The electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2330k dots and fills the whole image frame when shooting at full resolution.

Alternatively, a 3.0 rear differential “A 1240k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is also available for use with live view shooting, image review, and menu navigation with more ease and speed. It is possible to concentrate on the topic merely by touching the screen, as well as to take a picture and release the shutter using intuitive touch controls.

Other Characteristics

  • Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly transfer photographs and videos to linked smartphones and tablets for immediate sharing on the internet.
  • Using 4K Photo Auto Marking, a subject’s face is automatically detected for movement and a marking is placed, allowing you to swiftly jump to that sequence while picking images.
  • Using the L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style, you can create stunning monochrome images with deep blacks and rich gradations that look like they were shot on film in black and white.
  • In-camera raw file editing is possible, allowing you to make adjustments to color space, white balance, exposure compensation, highlights/shadows, saturation, noise reduction, sharpness, and a variety of other aspects of your photograph.
  • When using the rear LCD, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers you 370 shots each charge, and when using the electronic viewfinder, the battery provides you with 350 shots per charge when using the eco30fps preset.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Specs

Body typeLarge sensor compact
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
ISOAuto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesHybrid 5-axis available in movie mode
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
Focal length (Equiv.)24–360 mm
Optical zoom15×
Maximum apertureF3.3–6.4
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points49
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,240,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.53×
Viewfinder resolution2,330,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.80 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (microHDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLG10 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)370
Weight (inc. batteries)340 g (0.75 lb / 11.99 oz)
Dimensions111 x 66 x 45 mm (4.37 x 2.6 x 1.77″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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