Newark, NJ—Panasonic’s just-released Lumix DC-ZS200 is the new flagship camera of the company’s point-and-shoot travel zoom series. The compact ZS200 integrates a 24mm ultrawide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with enhanced 15x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24–360mm). The new lens system also enables high-res close-ups with 1.2-inch macro capability as well as minimum distortion and flare.
The camera also employs a 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilizer “Plus” system developed to suppress the effects of shake in photo capture and video recording. For added creativity, the Lumix ZS200 also provides a new L.monochrome mode in photo style for images with black-and-white film gradation.
Moreover, the camera’s 1-inch MOS sensor is engineered to produce high-quality images with details. The combination of the High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus engine delivers up to ISO 12,800 settings for high-sensitivity imagery.
In addition, the camera uses an upgraded 0.21-inch, 2.33M-dot-equivalent live viewfinder (LVF) with a high magnification ratio of approx. 1.45x/0.53x (equivalent). Both the LVF and the ZS200’s 3-inch touch-screen display provide approximately a 100% field of view.
Furthermore, the ZS200 is capable of QFHD 4K video recording at 3,840×2,160 and 30p or 24p in the MP4 format. Also, using 4K photo mode, photographers can capture decisive moments by extracting single frames from 4K burst files shot at 30 frames per sec. They can then save them as 8 megapixel equivalent images. Panasonic also announced that the auto marking and sequence composition functions along with post focus and focus stacking make the 4K photo mode easier to use.
The P&S also uses a contrast AF system featuring DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology for focus speed and accuracy. Specs state the camera autofocuses in approx. 0.1 sec. And it offers a focus peaking function that shows the peak of focus in manual focus mode to help users know exactly where the focus is.
Additional Lumix DC-ZS200 Features
For instant image sharing, the ZS200 includes Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy) enables a consistent connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. This connection activates the camera by using a smartphone/tablet and automatically adds GPS geotags on photos.
Furthermore, for easier operation, the independent dials and control ring located on the camera’s lens barrel provide an intuitive way to capture creative vision. The smoother control of exposure and zoom permits users to concentrate on framing the shot and pressing the shutter at the right moment. The layout also provides easier access to frequently used settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, focus, filter effect and scene modes.
Also, thanks to the new eco30-fps mode, the ZS200 provides battery life for 370 pictures (using rear monitor) per charge. AC or USB options will recharge the battery.
Other features include: in-camera RAW processing as well as compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Also new are focus bracket and aperture bracket functions that let users choose their best shots later. In focus bracket, 999 images can be shot with different focus points. Aperture bracket enables multiple shots with different depths of field.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is available in black and silver color options for a suggested retail price of $799.99.