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Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Full Review - Performance

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1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05s
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.1s
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.1s
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.5s
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4s
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.0s
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
9fps (110 shots before slowdown)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 9fps (33 shots)


Focus is extremely rapid, as is shutter response. Continuous shooting has been improved, compared to the TZ100, with more shots possible before shooting slows down.

 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - When using default settings, photos are bright, colours are well saturated and exposure is reliable. The images show a good level of detail, particularly when shooting in bright sunny conditions, and noise is well handled in low light. Dynamic range is good and there are a number of options available to improve this if needed. Low light performance is excellent, however, a tripod is recommended when working in low light to reduce the chances of shake spoiling your shots. 

When using the macro mode, it's possible to get pleasing background blur (Bokeh) and portraits have good skin tones with no red-eye appearing when using the built-in flash. If you're feeling particularly creative, you can also play around with stop motion animation which is rather fun. 

 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Lens test images

Lens Performance - As the camera corrects for lens distortion, there were hardly any issues but there was a little purple fringing when shooting against a bright sky in one of the images captured. However, there were no issues with vignetting. The 15x optical zoom built in is impressive offering a 24-360mm range when talking in 35mm equivalent terms and at both wide and telephoto ends, the lens performs well, although, images can be a little softer when using the full reach of the camera and, as you'd expect, camera shake can be an issue. The close-focusing skills of the TZ200 are also very good with subjects sitting just 3cm of away easily coming into focus for a sharp macro shot. 

 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise performance and detail are both good up to around ISO1600 and ISO3200. Results may still be usable at ISO6400, but above this is best avoided, depending on your planned use of the images.There is slightly less dynamic range when shooting at the lowest ISO speed of ISO80, and there is no significant improvement in ISO performance compared to the TZ100. The camera does not quite match the noise performance of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark IV and newer, which feature Sony's latest 1inch sensor.

 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten and mixed lighting, with the AWB "Cool" setting giving more accurate whites - this will be particularly useful if you shoot a lot of product shots. The Tungsten preset also gives a slightly warm result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and there are no fluorescent presets available.

 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a vast array of creative effects available which are fun to use and a number of them have additional options, for example, you can change the position of the sun when using the sunshine effect. The new L Monochrome digital filter deserves a particular mention as images captured with it have plenty of contrast and rich gradation. It's perfect for street photography and it also has images captured in a CrossFit gym a gritty edge to them. 

The panoramic mode is automatic and will stitch the photo as you pan from left to right. Results are good with a reasonably high-resolution image produced but the shutter is very loud when panning and can draw attention to yourself. 

Panoramic
 

Panoramic - Low Light
 

Video - The TZ200 records 4K 3840x2160 video (30p/25p/24p in MP4) and high-speed video enables the recording of fast-moving subjects in Full HD at 120 fps (50Hz Area - PAL). The 5-axis Hybrid OIS+ stabilisation can be used to steady footage and sound is recorded in stereo. Detail is very good when recording 4K video, however, the microphones are quite good at picking up wind noise, as shown in the video below. There is a 'high' wind noise canceller option available should you need it, our video was captured with 'standard'. WInd noise aside, the stabilisation does an excellent job at keeping footage steady, even when walking. 

When you've captured a 4K video, you can now choose the best shot out of hundreds of frames recorded with the 4K PHOTO's Auto Marking function. It detects motion or a face, sets a marker and allows you to jump directly to the frame as soon as a situation changes, saving you time as a result.

 

 


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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix TZ200

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Comments


mitchellhatpeg 18 205 1
13 Feb 2018 10:04PM
Hooray! At last, a compact camera with good sensor and zoom all in one, with what looks like a good viewfinder too! Could it be Panasonic has made my perfect camera at last?
Can't wait for the performance review Tongue
20 Feb 2018 2:24PM

Quote:Can't wait for the performance review

Updated with the full review.
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2018 5:04PM
Mmmmmmm !!....yummy !

Love the overall compactness, with an impressive zoom range, & even an EVF.....combined
with great image quality, & nice ergonomics, makes for a desirable take anywhere camera !!

Down side ?........no articulated rear screen, & a price that my pockets aren't deep enough for !!

Ah well, back to the real world.........Sad !!
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2018 10:06PM
Having owned the previous model, theTZ100, if this new camera is half as good it will be a terrific purchase.
My TZ100 got knocked off a shelve by our Christmas Tree and is now in Silicon Heaven.
I will almost certainly buy one as the lens is superbSmile
Rob
This is half as heavy again and a third as deep again as my TZ 60, which got the same ratings from ephotozine. The battery is 2/3 bigger than mine yet still only takes 370 photos (less using WiFi). Regrettably it is yet another battery design. The review is also harder to read as it now has 4 different tabs within the page. Hopefully someone will now fill in the blanks in the camera database!

On mine photos taken in bright daylight are good but dull days leave me with oil paintings instead of clear crisp photos. One of the plusses you state is "Improved noise performance (over smaller sensor cameras)". Is it really noticeable?

Given this has a one inch sensor and 15x zoom compared to the TZ60 with 1/2.3 inches and 30x, how do pictures of the same thing taken at full zoom compare when viewed at the same output size? It's almost double the sensor but half the zoom.

I love the GPS on my camera (once it gets enough satellite to give a valid location) and cannot imagine the hassle of linking to my phone to tag the pictures. The Panasonic image app is a pain to connect and to use, and draining two batteries instead of one seems counter intuitive. Does this feature require the image app to be actually live with the screen on and linked? I'd RTFM but it isn't published on the Panasonic website yet Wink Have you tried doing this?

Compared to the TZ60, the very short start up time, and time to actually take shots is a great improvement (and I recall that mine was n improvement on my previous camera). No comment on the zoom speed from wide to tele, which has missed me some good shots before now. .

You quote 3cm minimum focus, but on my camera that is only at 24 mm and certainly your review gave me the wrong impression before I bought it. At full zoom minimum focus is 2 metres, which means things are too far away to be of any decent size in the final image, and image shake is a real problem.

Please explain how micro usb is a plus, except in comparison to the mini hdmi of my TZ60? Surely it should be usb c so I can use the same cable as my tablet and phone? Micro USB is so out of date.

The tripod bush is still central to the camera base not the lens - surely a negative feature?

The 0.2 inch viewfinder is definitely too small and has pathetic magnification (aka reduction) of the view, but it has thankfully improved the resolution from a miserly 220 dots to 2330 so you can perhaps see what you are about to photograph !

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