Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

Built for travel, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Digital Camera which comes in Black or Silver is an all around point-and-shoot integrating both form and function. Designed to be as lustrous as possible, the ZS100 is still able to integrate a big 1-inch 20.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor along with a 10x optical zoom lens. The sensor is paired with a Venus Engine image processor to deliver clear, clean images with low noise and high sensitivity to an ISO expanded to 25600. This processor and sensor also allow fast continuous shooting, up to 50 frames per second using the electronic shutter or 10 frames per second using a mechanical shutter, along with 4K UHD video capture at 30p and 24p frame rates. 4K capabilities are also available to still image applications, too, and allow for 30 frames per second shooting at 8 megapixels as well as the ability to make use of Post Focus for selecting a specific point of focus after shooting. A Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens, complements these imaging attributes and provides a 25 thru 250mm equivalent focal length length, along with 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S. to diminish the appearance of camera shake for crisper handheld photos. Capable of more than your typical pocket-sized point-and-shoot, the ZS100 is a proficient camera for photographers and videographers on the move.

Equally as important as the still and video components are, the ZS100 is also symbolized by its intuitive physical layput and the inclusion of both electronic viewfinder and rear LCD monitor. The Live View Finder is a 1,166k-dot EVF which provides comfortable eye-level monitoring, and is particularly ideal for shooting in bright situations. Contrasting this is the large rear 3.0 inch 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen, which is well-suited for clear image review, menu navigation, along with live view photography. The camera body is also features an array of manual control dials, like a configurable control ring that surrounds the lens for direct control over focus, zoom, or exposure settings. In addition, built-in Wi-Fi lets you to pair the ZS100 with a tablet or smartphone for wireless sharing of images and remote camera control using the Panasonic Image application.

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MSRP $699
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
ISO Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 80
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Hybrid 5-axis available in movie mode
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25250 mm
Optical zoom 10
Maximum aperture F2.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46
Viewfinder resolution 1,166,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 8.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive 50.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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
Resolutions 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (microHDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 300
Weight (inc. batteries) 312 g (0.69 lb / 11.01 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 44 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.73)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None



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