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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Review Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Assessment

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is the first premium travel-zoom. It elevates the travel-zoom concept which packs a long optical zoom into a compact camera body to premium level with dual control-dials, highly efficient controls and a built EVF with Eye-Start sensor. Panasonic pushed the ZS100 one more notch by fitting it with a large 1" sensor.

Its 20 megapixels 1" CMOS (2.7X Crop) sensor has a broad sensitivity range, to cover ISO 80-25600, a 50 FPS drive at full-resolution, plus 4K Ultra-HD video capture. The stabilized lens it equivalent to a 25-250mm zoom with F/2.8-5.9 maximum aperture.

The compact ZS100 provides an impressive amount of controls for its size. A lens ring and top dial serve as dual control-dials which can control exposure, focus and other settings. Plus, there are 4 customizable Function buttons and a mode-dial. There is a 3" touchscreen LCD and a 0.2" EVF with 116K pixels. The former is excellent while the latter suffers from its small size yet remains quite helpful.

Output quality is very good. Image noise is low with a slow increase at each ISO, delivering a nice ISO 80-1600 range of usability for common print sizes. Its dynamic-range is good with images showing good contrast and being well-metered. Colors and WB could be improved but are quite reasonable. Lens sharpness is the weak link which is to be expected considering the compactness needed to provide 10X of zoom over a 1" sensor. Edges are notably softer even and images require more processing than usual to look sharp.

Ergonomics of the ZS100 are good. The camera rarely slows down the photographer by its design or responsiveness. Videographers though may feel let down by a lag when starting and stopping video capture. There is really not much to complain about the ZS100 which is not due to its size. There are ultra-zooms for those who are unwilling to settle for less but travel-zooms are a proposal of their own.

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PROS CONS
Very compact for its sensor and zoom Less softness, much worse along edges
Low image noise up to ISO 800 Below-average color accuracy
Good dynamic-range and image contrast Occasional cast with Auto White-Balance
Reliable metering Very dim at telephoto
Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations Exposure-Priority only in Manual mode
Low optical distortion Tiny low-resolution EVF
No visible vignetting Highly variable AF
Instant shutter-lag 1s Filming delay
Fast shot-to-shot speed Very short battery-life
Excellent LCD visibility
Nice build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Panasonic DMC-ZS100 Facts

Compact digital camera
20 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 125-12800
10X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/16000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 117K Pixels (0.46X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
Auto Horizon Correction
2 Axis Digital Level
Lithium-Ion Battery
50 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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