Panasonic ZS100 Field Test: A premium travel zoom that offers solid performance


posted Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2:18 PM EST


The Panasonic ZS100 pairs a versatile 10x optical zoom (25-250mm f/2.8-5.9 equivalent) lens with a relatively large 1"-type sensor -- the largest sensor size ever used in Panasonic's ZS series of compact cameras -- putting it squarely in competition with Sony's venerable RX100 series.

During my time field testing the Panasonic ZS100, I was generally impressed with it, although its handling and controls left something to be desired. The 10x zoom lens and built-in electronic viewfinder were among the positives and the camera provides good all-around performance.


With a list price around $700 USD, this camera finds itself in the premium compact range. Do the camera's features and performance justify this price point, or is Panasonic's first ZS camera with a 1" sensor a swing and a miss? Read my Panasonic ZS100 Field Test to find out.

25mm equivalent (9.1mm actual), f/4.5, 2.5s, ISO 200 This image has been modified.
250mm equivalent (91mm actual), f/5.9, 1/250s, ISO 125.

Panasonic ZS100 Field Test