• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic ZS100 advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $2298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    309g vs 660g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 600 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Panasonic ZS100

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    13 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.7 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.5 fps vs 9.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    120 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact camera body; versatile 10x zoom lens; relatively good high ISO performance; fast autofocus; many good 4K video and photo features.

  • Soft lens at longer focal lengths; no tilting display; small electronic viewfinder; slippery finish on the camera body.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1

Panasonic ZS100
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GH5S
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1s

Panasonic ZS100
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GH5S
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic ZS100
Panasonic GH5
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GH5
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic ZS100
Panasonic G9
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G9
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony RX100 VI

Panasonic ZS100
Sony RX100 VI
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GH5S
Sony RX100 VI
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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