The Lumix ZS200 (often called the Lumix TZ200 exterior the US) is the newest journey zoom compact digital camera from Panasonic, and one which the firm hopes will proceed its stranglehold on this rising market.
Panasonic just about invented the journey zoom digital camera style – that’s, compact cameras that you can slot in a pocket however which have lengthy zoom lenses built-in – with the present Lumix ZS100 (TZ100) our decide of the bunch proper now.
The firm is not resting on its laurels although, and has prolonged its vary additional with the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200, with the firm stressing that the ZS100 / TZ100 continues in the lineup.
15x optical zoom
Perhaps the largest distinction between the new Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 and the ZS100 / TZ100 is the zoom vary on provide. While the ZS100 / TZ100 managed to squeeze in a 10x optical zoom with a spread of 25-250mm and a most out there aperture of f/2.Eight-5.9, the ZS200 / TZ200 incorporates a 15x optical zoom with a protection of 24-360mm and a most aperture of f/Three.Three-6.four; a contact wider at the begin of the zoom vary then (although with a barely narrower/slower most aperture), however noticeably extra attain at the lengthy finish.
The new lens design allows the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 to focus down to 3cm to allow the seize of close-up macro pictures.
With such a big 15x zoom, there’s additionally Panasonic’s Power OIS stabilization system available to counteract digital camera shake for stills images, and five-axis hybrid OIS stabilization for video.
What made the ZS100 / TZ100 distinctive amongst journey zoom compacts was its comparatively massive 1-inch sensor, which is a few 4 occasions bigger than these in most rival cameras (such sensors are usually present in premium compacts like Sony’s RX100 V and Panasonic’s personal Lumix LX10 / LX15), so it is no shock to see the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 characteristic the same 20.1MP 1-inch sensor.
The Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 can shoot in uncooked (in addition to JPEG), and it is no shock to see 4K video seize up to 30p, whereas Panasonic’s 4K PHOTO mode lets customers extract single frames from 4K burst information shot at 30fps and save them as 8MP equal photos.
Enhanced dealing with
While the inclusion of a built-in digital viewfinder (EVF) on the ZS100 / TZ100 was definitely welcome, its modest decision let it down a bit. The Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 retains an EVF, however will get a good enhance in decision, from 1.17m dots to a formidable 2.3m. It’s additionally slightly bigger at zero.21 inches (in contrast to zero.2 inches on the ZS100 / TZ200), and affords barely higher magnification of zero.53x in contrast to zero.45x. These enhancements ought to make framing pictures in brilliant ambient gentle that a lot simpler,
The ZS200 / TZ200 additionally has a big Three-inch touchscreen on the rear. As you’d anticipate, there is a sensor which detects when the digital camera is held to the eye and robotically switches off the important display and prompts the EVF.
The physique design has additionally been refined. The easy grip, which got here in for some criticism on the ZS100 / TZ100, now has a textured lip that is designed to present a extra stable really feel in the hand.
The Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 includes a newly adopted eco30fps mode, which reduces the Live View refresh price, and which ought to see the digital camera good for round 370 pictures (if you’re utilizing the rear LCD) per cost. The battery will be charged by way of AC or USB.
Like many latest cameras, the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 includes a Bluetooth Low Energy connection to allow a constant reference to a smartphone or pill with minimal energy consumption, alongside the standard Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 will probably be out there in early March, in graphite silver or black finishes, and is priced at $799.99 / £729 – Australian pricing remains to be to be confirmed.