Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Review

Overall 48
Imaging 17
Features 63
Size 82
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" MOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 80 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 50.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 111 x 65 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 312 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Panasonic ZS200.
  • Also known as Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-ZS100 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2016. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized MOS sensor.

Panasonic has replaced this product with their most recent model ZS200.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #37 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #163 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 50.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.46
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 559
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 44 mm (43.7 x 25.59 x 17.32″) with the weight of 312 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 44mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 — 300 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 — 44 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 — 312 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized MOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 70 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,166k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 are its 50.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-ZS100 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-ZS100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-ZS100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Post Focus

Apart from the focus features described above, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 also comes packed with a special Post Focus mode. This mode uses its 4K video and combines bracketing features together in order to take a series of shots and later merge them into one image. It also gives you more opportunities for further processing of your shots. For example, after the picture is taken, you can change the focus point of it using the LCD screen of your camera. This feature offers photographers some significant flexibility. However, bear in mind that the resulting photo will come with only 8 MP resolution.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DMC-ZS100.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-ZS100 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-ZS100 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-ZS100 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (111 x 65 x 44 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (50.0 fps)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (559)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be called a 81 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.5)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (559)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-ZS100
Announced Jan 05, 2016
Body Type Large Sensor Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,166k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.46
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 50.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 70
DxO Color Depth 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range 12.5
DxO Low Light ISO 559
Sensor
Sensor Type MOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 312 g
Physical Dimensions 111 x 65 x 44 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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