Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Premium Point-and-Shoot Camera

Posted by on February 21, 2018

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 Premium Pocket Travel Camera
My most recent premium point-and-shoot camera top pick was the Panasonic Lumix ZS100 (read my latest point-and-shoot camera buying guide). With a large 1-inch sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, there wasn’t another pocket-sized camera that could match it for overall performance and versatility. However, with the recent announcement of the Panasonic Lumix ZS200, I have a new premium travel point-and-and-shoot camera crush. The new ZS200 adds even more zoom without enlarging the camera in any significant way making it my new favorite pocket superzoom camera.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 15x Pocket Superzoom Camera

If you want a full-featured premium pocket camera, you have to make compromises (there are always compromises). There are two cameras at the top, in my opinion – the new Panasonic Lumix ZS200 with its 1-inch sensor and 15x optical zoom lens; or – the Sony RX100 V, with a 1-inch sensor, 3x optical zoom and mind-blowing video performance. Choose the Panasonic for its travel-friendly, versatile 15x 24-360mm f/3.3-6.4 zoom lens. Or trade the zoom for the Sony’s super-advanced video performance.

15x Optical Zoom Lens - Panasonic Lumix ZS200

I was disappointed the ZS200 didn’t have updated video performance. Bumping the 1080 resolution video up to 120p would make choosing the Panasonic a no-brainer for me. But for the moment, we still have to choose between video or zoom.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS200 is scheduled to be available in late March or early April. The suggested retail price is US $799.99. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon. If $800 is too much for your budget and you don’t need the extra zoom or high-speed video, you can order the Panasonic Lumix ZS100 for just $549 – that’s down $150 from last year.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200
Panasonic Lumix ZS200 – $799

  • 20.1-megapixel 1-inch “High Sensitivity MOS” sensor
  • 10x 24-360mm (equivalent) f/3.3-6.4 Leica optical zoom lens
  • Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • 4k and 1080 60p AVCHD video with stereo mic
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-12,8000 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Shooting modes: Programmed auto with PASM manual and scene modes
  • RAW mode
  • Max full-resolution burst: 10 frames-per-second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

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