Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Review

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Review

In 2001, Panasonic became a competitor in the market for digital cameras. In 2006, the company released the first model in its popular ZS range (known as TZ outside of the United States), which consists of cameras that have a compact body and a wide zoom range and are intended to appeal to travelers.

It is reasonable to say that in the ten years since then, a great deal of progress has been accomplished, the majority of which Panasonic was the first company to launch.

The ZS and TZ series of cameras have proven to be quite popular. In response to the trend toward more high-end features in tiny cameras, Panasonic has introduced a new model, the Lumix ZS100 / TZ100, which raises the bar even further.

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The sensor has been upgraded from a 1/2.3-inch unit, which was used in the ZS60 / TZ80, to a significantly bigger 1-inch type device that has 20.1 million effective pixels in the ZS100 / TZ100. This is the most significant modification that the ZS100 / TZ100 brings to the table.

In the most recent few years, one-inch sensors have become highly popular. This trend began with Sony’s RX100 family of tiny cameras and has continued with Canon’s most recent G series of compact cameras.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Features

Because it has a 1.0-inch sensor, the ZS100 / TZ100 instantly elevates itself above the level of many other competing travel cameras. It is the same sensor found in Panasonic’s most advanced bridge camera, the Lumix FZ1000, which has been a huge commercial success.

It is paired with a brand-new Venus Engine processor and a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 25-250mm f/2.8-5.9 zoom lens in the ZS100 and TZ100 models of the camera. Additionally, there is the 5-axis hybrid OIS stabilization for video and the Power OIS stabilization technology that Panasonic offers for still photography.

Even though the pixel count of the ZS100 is higher than that of the ZS50 and TZ70 from the previous year, the ZS100’s sensor is four times larger, which means that each pixel is 2.4 times larger. This should be very encouraging news for image quality and noise control.

Because of this, Panasonic had the confidence to provide the ZS100 with a native sensitivity range of 125-12,800, in addition to expansion options of 80, 100, and 25,600 ISO.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Build Quality

The fact that the ZS100 / TZ100 is not a significantly larger camera than the ZS60 / TZ80 that was released simultaneously is one of the most exciting characteristics of these new models. It is approximately 2.2 millimeters (0.0866 inches) longer, 0.5 millimeters (0.0197 inches) broader, and 6 millimeters (0.236 inches) thicker than the ZS60.

This makes it just about the right size to fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans, and the fact that it has a metal body shell gives the impression that it is robust enough to withstand being carried in this manner for an extended amount of time.

The ZS100 has a design somewhat comparable to that of the LX100, which is Panasonic’s other current premium small camera. It possesses reasonably clean lines and a step in the top plate to complement this feature.

The camera’s finish will either be black or black and silver; the black and silver version will have a red band that surrounds the silver piece of the top plate that is relatively modest. The camera itself will be black. Because Panasonic has not previously utilized this design aesthetic, it will be fascinating to observe whether or not it will be implemented in other products in the near or far future.

There is neither a texture nor a grip on the front of the camera; nonetheless, there is an indentation that allows the camera to sit more comfortably in your palm. Despite this, it makes perfect sense to fasten the wrist strap to add a layer of protection.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Autofocus

Regarding autofocus speed, Lumix cameras have always been able to deliver the goods, and the ZS100 / TZ100 is no exception – in well-lit situations, you can anticipate the camera to lock on rapidly with practically no delay at all.

Even when there is less light available, the ZS100 maintains its high level of performance. Nonetheless, the contrast-detect autofocus will begin to struggle when the light levels are deficient; however, this is to be anticipated.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Performance

The all-purpose metering system of the ZS100 / TZ100 usually produces accurate exposures, except for a small amount of variance when photographing anything with areas of high contrast; nonetheless, this is not more than we would anticipate from any camera. Similarly, the automated white balance technology performs admirably when exposed to various lighting situations.

When photography in artificial light, somewhat warmer tones are created; thus, if you are concerned with achieving the highest possible level of accuracy, you should either switch to a preset setting or establish a custom white balance.

Detail is maintained very well over the entirety of the ZS100’s optical zoom range, with almost the same level of detail visible at the wide-angle end as can be seen at the end of the telephoto zoom.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Image Quality

Since the ZS100 and TZ100 share the same sensor as the FZ1000, we had high expectations that the image quality would be satisfactory on both cameras. The good news is that those hopes have been validated, both by the findings of our laboratories and by photos taken in the actual world.

JPEG photos have a superb overall sense of detail and exhibit a great deal of vibrancy and punch without venturing too far into artificial terrain.

The ZS100’s photos exhibit a level of detail that is equivalent to those of photographs produced with cameras that have far bigger sensors, such as the GF7 when viewed at regular printing (A4 or smaller) or on-screen viewing sizes (which has a Four Thirds sensor). In addition, when viewed at 100 percent on the screen, it isn’t easy to differentiate between the low-sensitivity JPEG photos produced by the ZS100 and those produced by the GF7.

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Specs

Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMetal, composite
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesHybrid 5-axis available in movie mode
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Panasonic RW2 format)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–250 mm
Optical zoom10×
Maximum apertureF2.8–5.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.46×
Viewfinder resolution1,166,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture PriorityShutter PriorityManual
Scene modesClear PortraitSilky SkinBacklit SoftnessClear in BacklightRelaxing ToneSweet Child’s FaceDistinct SceneryBright Blue SkyRomantic Sunset GlowVivid Sunset GlowGlistening WaterClear NightscapeCool Night SkyWarm Glowing NightscapeArtistic NightscapeGlittering IlluminationsHandheld Night ShotClear Night PortraitSoft Image of a FlowerAppetizing FoodCute DessertFreeze Animal MotionClear Sports ShotMonochrome
Built-in flashYes
Flash range8.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (microHDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)312 g (0.69 lb / 11.01 oz)
Dimensions111 x 65 x 44 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.73″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes

Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Verdict

With the ZS100 / TZ100, Panasonic takes direct aim at the pocket-friendly tiny camera market dominated by cameras with 1.0-inch sensors. The company raises the stakes by including 10x optical zoom, a feature that other manufacturers have not yet provided.

When you combine a 1.0-inch sensor with 10x optical zoom, the resulting camera becomes a much more flexible option, which is sure to appeal to traveling photographers looking for something of high quality that is also convenient. Although 1.0-inch sensors aren’t new or exciting, the resultant camera is a much more flexible option.

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Joseph is a talented photographer and videographer based in the USA, with a thriving career as a freelance creative. Over the past several years, he has had the privilege of working with renowned brands, capturing captivating images and videos. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects, specializing in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle content creation. From editorial shoots to engaging social media videos, Joseph's versatile skills ensure exceptional visual storytelling in every project. Beyond his professional endeavors, he nurtures a personal passion for travel and nature photography, channeling his deep appreciation for the environment into a commitment to sustainability and environmental causes.

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