Panasonic’s mirrorless GX9 may be in the spotlight since its recent announcement, however, the company hasn’t given up on its other point-and-shoots yet.
Its latest ZS200 is a simple camera, focused towards people who don’t need the flexibility and enhancements of a mirrorless shooter.
Zoom, ISO and Autofocus
At the front, you get a 20.1 MP 1-inch sensor, with a Venus Engine image processor. ISO range goes up to 12800, while burst mode manages 10 fps (6 with continuous autofocus). There’s also five-axis inbuilt optical image stabilization.
Where the camera really shines is through its zooming capabilities. The new 24-360 mm Leica DC Vario f/3.3-6.4 lens provides up to 15X optical zoom. Contrast AF system supports Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology and has speeds of up to 0.1s.
On the video front, you get a new 4K option at 30 fps (with Photo Mode supported allowing for 8 MP shots), as well as a 1080p slow-motion mode at 120 fps (which pales in comparison to the RX 100’s unbelievable 960 fps).
Viewfinder, Battery and Price
Apart from physical dials at the top and a control ring around the lens, there’s a 3-inch 1.24-million-dot touchscreen LCD at the back, with an increased resolution. There’s also a 2.33-million-dot EVF at the back with complete coverage and 1.45x magnification.
There’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 low energy for constant pairing, while a pop-up flash allows better photography in low-light conditions.
As for the battery life, you get up to 370 shots on a single charge. Pricing is set at $800 for the ZS200, which will be available in the second-half of March.