Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor | 24-360mm equiv. F3.3-6.4 | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Good balance of zoom and size
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in EVF
  • 4K video capture

What we don't:

  • Slow maximum aperture throughout zoom range
  • EVF is small and some may be bothered by 'color tearing'

We've added the Panasonic ZS200 to this buying guide to place its specifications and features in context, alongside its competition. When our full review is complete the camera will be considered for an award.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200 in most regions) is a 15x travel zoom camera built around a 1"-type sensor. The 24-360mm equivalent lens is packed inside a pocketable body, but with a slower maximum aperture than many of its peers. It can shoot 4K and offers both a small electronic viewfinder and fixed 3" touchscreen on back.

Among the smallest long-reaching 1" types camera, the ZS200 can easily fit in a large pocket. The metal body is well constructed and easy to grip thanks to rubber-like material on the front and back. The touch interface is responsive and the camera offers twin control dials: one top plate and one around the lens. Some users might find the field sequential EVF bothersome. But overall, the camera is easy to operate and customize.

It uses Panasonic Depth from Defocus autofocus and should offer fast AF acquisition with decent subject tracking capabilities. Performance-wise the ZS200 can shoot at 10 fps with focus locked and 6 fps in AF-C. Battery life is rated at 370 shots per charge (CIPA) which is good for its class. The ZS200 also offers in-camera charging.

The ZS200 offers one of the best touch implementations around. Features like touchpad AF are particularly handy, when one's eye is to the finder.

We expect image quality to be consistent with its 1"-type sensor Panasonic peers: better output than what you'd get for smaller sensor travel zooms, but with aggressive noise reduction and a somewhat soft lens hampering JPEG detail. Further testing will be needed to confirm this.

4K/UHD video can be captured at 30p, plus the ZS200 offers a high speed 1080/120p video mode. 5-axis hybrid image stabilization should make for usable hand-held shots and full exposure control, plus zebra pattern and audio level monitoring make this a surprisingly capable little video camera.

Ultimately, the ZS200/TZ200 is is the furthest-reaching 1" type pocket camera on the market. And its combination of 4K capture, touchscreen, EVF, and twin control dials make it both versatile and easy to use. So if extreme reach and pocketability are what you're after, the ZS200 should have you covered.

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