Panasonic has recently made yet another contribution to the compact travel consumer segment with the release of the LUMIX ZS200 and the LUMIX GX9.
The LUMIX ZS200 packs one hell of a punch for its small size. It comes suited up with a 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens that supports up to 15X optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24 – 360mm) and a 20.1 Megapixel resolution.
Now if you zoom that far, any vibrations or slight movements of the hand will likely be amplified rather severely. To aid with that, the ZS200 features the 5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer Plus (O.I.S.+) which both provides a versatile angle of view while suppressing hand-shakes. This amazing feature works with both photo and video. To add to that, it also enables macro shots with a range of up to 3cm.
The LUMIX ZS200 also features a large 1-Inch MOS sensor at 20.1-megapixel resolution which enables it to record impressively stunning detail, in addition to shooting 4K video. It can further select and pull out an 8 -Megapixel photo image from the shot frames. Thanks to the integrated Auto Marking and Sequence Composition feature, the best frame of the numerous frames shot is selected as ideal for the photo.
Fusing the High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and LUMIX Venus Engine results in the achievement of the maximum ISO 12,800 high-sensitivity recording, which is way above what you expect with ordinary digital compact cameras. Contrast AF is used, with Depth From Defocus (DFD) that promises 0.1-second auto focusing. Along with the 3-inch touchscreen there’s a live viewfinder with a 0.21-inch, 2300k-dot equivalent eyepiece.
While the LUMIX ZS200 may not compete favorably with the more illustrious LUMIX GX9, it does borrow some interesting tech from it. It integrated the new L. Monochrome mode in photo style responsible for pushing those iconic black and white images that we love.
In additon to that, the LUMIX ZS200 integrates both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 for easy transfer of photos and videos to other devices. It can further do RAW development also and has a battery life of approximately battery life of 360 shots.
When it comes to controls, the LUMIX ZS200 features a control ring on the lens barrel and independent dials which make it possible to adjust focus and zoom smoothly. Further integrated into the camera are button shortcuts for things like shutter speed, scene mode, peaking off as well as filter effect.
The bottom line is that while the LUMIX ZS200 is petite, has a lot to offer to anyone looking for an affordable yet powerful camera.
The LUMIX ZS200 shall start retailing at Amazon on !st of April 2018. See it.
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