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Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Full Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix TZ200 will be available for £729 which makes it reasonable value for money for a camera with a 1inch sensor, good zoom, and 4K video recording. Alternatives include the following cameras:

Panasonic Lumix TZ100, 10x optical zoom and 4K video, £525
Panasonic Lumix LX100, 3.1x optical zoom, £499
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, 2.9x optical zoom, £559
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV, 2.9x optical zoom, 4K video, £729
Canon Powershot G5 X, 4.2x optical zoom, £579

None of these offer as much zoom, and for a similar amount of zoom with a 1inch sensor, you need to look at the following bridge style cameras:

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, 16x optical zoom and 4K video, £549
Sony Cyber-shot RX10, 8.3x optical zoom, £520
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II, 8.3x optical zoom and 4K video, £1000
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III, 25x optical zoom and 4K video, £1250
Canon Powershot G3 X, 25x optical zoom, £590

Have a look at more serious compact cameras in our Top Best Serious Cameras round-up. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (ZS200) Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix TZ200 offers a 20-megapixel 1inch sensor, plus a large optical zoom with a Leica 15x optical zoom lens while still being reasonably compact and lightweight. It's much smaller in size than bridge cameras such as the FZ1000 which offers a similar zoom length which makes the TZ200 a camera well-worth considering as a travel zoom if you're heading off on holiday this year. 

Image quality is excellent and you can have a lot of fun with some of the digital filters built in, such as the monochrome filters which are great for street photography. The longer reach on the zoom also means you can capture expression and emotion on people's faces without them spotting you and as a result, posing for your camera. As you can quickly switch from wide to telezoom, too, you can capture various angles when stood in front of impressive structures without having to change lenses which not only makes taking photos easier, it means you're not carrying extra bulk and weight around with you. 

The camera is packed full of features including high-speed shooting, raw mode, creative effects, a 3inch touch screen, electronic viewfinder, plus 4K photo and video recording. 

For the price, the Panasonic Lumix TZ200 offers a whole host of features, manual controls, an excellent zoom and it's a doddle to use. The TZ200 can be easily used by someone who's just getting to grips with photography as well as a more seasoned pro who's looking for a pocket zoom that's perfect for their travels. The camera also delivers excellent images, with good colour, good detail, and good noise performance. Plus, it's size means you won't notice its weight or be annoyed by its size when you're out-and-about. 

The Panasonic Lumix TZ200 is a lovely little camera that packs a lot of punch - Highly Recommended. 

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 Pros

  • 15x optical zoom lens
  • 20 megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor
  • Excellent 5-axis image stabilisation for FullHD video 
  • Improved noise performance (over smaller sensors)
  • Excellent white balance performance
  • MicroUSB charging
  • 4K Photo mode(s)
  • Great black & white filters

Panasonic Lumix TZ200 Cons

  • Screen isn't articulated 
  • Small EVF


Overall Verdict


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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
11 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 ? 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
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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