Are you into traveling all over the world? Visiting countries all over, and discovering the unknown? A problem arises when you have no means of capturing all that beauty, and memory can fade quickly. That’s why Panasonic presented us with a Panasonic Lumix ZS100 camera. It is intended and marketed as a bridge camera, lightweight but of DSLR capabilities. The series itself has a different name in different countries, but the quality definitely stays the same. We can say the design is beautiful and even innovative with one of the models having a red band edge on the top plate.
There’s no texture or a handgrip on the front, but nonetheless, it has an indent so it sits in your hands nicely. You should probably hang a strap around your wrists just in case. The buttons of Panasonic Lumix ZS100 are all located at the right side of the camera, all grouped up. You’ll get a good use out of them as well, as they solve the problem of speed. You can change exposure modes, alter aperture or shutter speed with a press of a button. Now let’s talk more about other features of Panasonic Lumix ZS100:
The most noteworthy change is certainly the sensor size. They upgraded it to a 1-inch one, and you’re working with 20.1 effective MP. Panasonic has shown they care about customers and want to stay relevant with this sensor change. A combination of the Venus Engine image processor and Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lenses is a killer one. In case you’re worried about camera shake when taking pictures, you shouldn’t be. Panasonic Lumix ZS100 comes equipped with Power image optical stabilization for pictures and 5-axis hybrid OIS for videos. Now that we mentioned photos and videos, let’s talk about what you can expect from specs of Panasonic Lumix ZS100.
You hear about 4K resolution all day, every day, whether it’s on a smart TV, phone screens, or cameras. Well, let us deliver you the best news possible – you’re in luck with this one. You will get to record 4K (3840× 2160 pixels) in either 30 or 25 frames per second. And not only that – they’ve shown tremendous improvement with this one. Panasonic Lumix ZS100 brings you Post Focus mode – where the camera will automatically take a sequence of photos at different focus ranges. That allows you to take multiple pictures, and choose only the best! Inside is also a great cropping feature – allowing you to choose the best part of the 4K video to make a Full HD one.
As we’re progressing to the end, we need to mention a huge discount off the price at the time this article was written. The price fell from about 700$ to only 548$, which is the current price of Panasonic Lumix ZS100. With that in mind, remember that you are going to take 4K pictures as well, and of great quality to follow the resolution. You can take either RAW ones, which allows for a bigger dynamic range, or JPEG ones to share on social media. We can say with certainty – you aren’t gonna make a mistake buying this one, it throws quite a punch for this price.
|Camera Type||Compact 'Travel Zoom' digital camera|
|Dimensions||110.5 x 64.5 x 44.3 mm (4.35 x 2.54 x 1.74 inch)|
|Weight||312 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.685 lb) / 270 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.595 lb)|
|Display Type||TFT Screen LCD Display|
|Size||LCD Monitor3.0" (7.5cm)|
|Display Features||Static Touch Control, AF Coating, Field of View: 100%, Wide Viewing-angle|
|Compatible Lenses||LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces)|
|Image Sensor Type||1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, 20.1 MP|
|Total Pixels||20.9 Total Megapixels|
|Aspect Ratio||Selectable Aspect Ratio: Yes (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 are selectable)|
|Flash Control||0.6 - 8.0m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.7 - 3.8m (Tele / ISO Auto)|
|Flash Modes||Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ mode only.|
|Shutter Type||Mechanical and Electronic Shutter|
|Shutter Speeds||Still Image: 60-1/2,000 sec (Mechanical) / 1-1/16,000 sec (Electronic); Motion Picture: 1/30-1/16,000 sec / 1/25-1/16,000 sec (in 24p recording)|
|Metering Modes||Intelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Control||Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual|
|Exposure Compensation||1/3 EV step, +/-5 EV (+/-3 EV for motion picture)|
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set1 / White Set2 / White Set3 / White Set4 / Color Temperature|
|Autofocus||Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-area / Custom Multi / 1-area / Pinpoint (Full area touch is available)|
|Detection Range||AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 70 cm - infinity|
|Focus Point||Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 70 cm - infinity|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder0.20" LVF (Live View Finder) (1,166k dots equiv.), Lens 19.6x|
|Magnification||Magnification: Approx. 2.59x / 0.46x (35 mm camera equivalent)|
|Image Format||JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Video Format||AVCHD or MP4 with stereo sound|
|File System||Exif 2.3, PictBridge Compliant, DPOF Compliant|
|WLAN||Built-In Wi-Fi with Remote Control ability|
|USB||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Ports||Micro-HDMI (Type D), No headphone or a microphone jack|
A friend of mine recommended this one to me, I'm a big-time hiker and nature lover. He said it's great for this price range, and I paid a little less than 550$. I'm still not that proficient in all the tech behind it, unfortunately. But I saw it has quite a good zoom power and allowed me to take a pretty good tree and animal picture. I say go for it if you're new to photography, it's really good for a starter.
One of the best digital cameras you can buy for the price. The design is very compact making it suitable for any type of usage with its own advantage in the size and comfort in the hands. Feels very lightweight while using it even for hours. I have been using the product for a while now. Till now, there are no problems or complications. The build quality is also great. I've accidentally dropped the camera once or twice if I remember it correctly, but there were no signs of any damage. Good job LUMIX.