As usual the crops below are taken from the areas marked in red above. The phone lines are crisply defined with no haloing and no evidence of noise in the pale blue sky.

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Even so, you can pick out a lot of detail in the cathedral stonework and in the houses on the hill rising behind it. The first crop is lacking in contrast and looks a little milky on account of the slight atmospheric haze, but otherwise it looks very good indeed for a crop taken from close to the edge of the frame.

The third crop is from the opposite edge of the frame in the top right corner. Starting with crop one from the left edge of the frame, despite the haze, and just to note, the cathedral is nearly a Kilometre away from where I was standing when I took this shot the detail here is sharp and well defined — you can make out the individual roof tiles and other details in the houses behind the cathedral.

The next two crops, from high and low in the middle of the frame are hard to fault, with plenty of crisp detail. The ISO sensitivity was manually set to the lowest available setting and Aperture priority mode was selected for the exposure. Beyond ISO though, the noise gets the upper hand and image detail is suffering quite badly, though you can still read the time on the clock even at ISO.

TZ100 vs TZ200 low light performance. Will I notice a difference?

I doubt whether the result of underexposing by a stop would be any worse in terms of quality than the significant ramp up in noise and consequent destruction that results in the step up to ISO, so once again the advantage to be had from the extended ISO range is questionable. All words, images, videos and layout, copyright Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission. Continue: Samples. Buy me a coffee! Fujifilm XT30 review. Like my reviews? Website design by Coolgrey. Canon camera reviews Fujifilm camera reviews Nikon camera reviews Olympus camera reviews Panasonic camera reviews Sony camera reviews All Camera reviews.

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Buy Gordon a coffee! Rent gear from Borrow Lenses.Sure there are plenty of compacts with longer zooms, but they have much smaller sensors. Meanwhile the premium compacts with larger 1in sensors have generally stuck with shorter zoom ranges typically of less than four times. The price to pay for the longer zoom is a slower focal ratio: f3. The literally big news though remains the 15x zoom range, the longest for a 1in compact with a pocket body. On the top things also look pretty much the same as before, the most obvious difference being the lens labelling which now reads rather than And having introduced a new red stripe on the front, Panasonic has ditched the one that previously appeared on the top.

When retracted the lens protrudes a fraction more, but the overall increase in depth is less than a millimetre — which is truly remarkable given the extra range. Bar some cosmetic changes the model dial remains as before with positions for intelligent Auto and the PASM exposure modes, movie shooting, a custom position, panoramas, Scene modes and effects. In practice, the viewfinder is much more than just a fallback option in sunny weather.

Above you can see the field of view you can capture at its widest 24mm setting. The one limiting factor with this 15x zoom is its maximum aperture which at f3.

More about that later.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review

At this mm equivalent focal length the maximum aperture reduces to f6. To get that close you need to be at the maximum wide angle 24mm setting and for this shot I set the widest available aperture of f3. Here the maximum aperture of f6. It also supports 4k UHD video at 25 or 30fps. In the image below, the 4k coverage is indicated by the outer edge of the red frame, resulting in a not insignificant reduction in the field of view; indeed when filming 4k video, the equivalent range is cropped from mm to mm — good news at the long end, but you lose a lot of coverage at the wide-end.

If you choose the 25p and 24p options, the three recording modes will slow-down the action by 10, 20 or 40 times respectively.

Above: Download the original file Registered members of Vimeo only. The focus is fixed, as you can see if you watch the clip to the end. Other video features include snap movie, which records a short clip of between two and eight seconds in length. With snap movies you can set up a focus pull in advance tapping the screen to define the start and end focus positions, which is pretty neat.

You can also add a monochrome to colour fade in or out effect, as well as a simple exposure fade. There are also Time Lapse and Stop Motion modes, accessed through the main menus rather than the movie options. You can also set the overall time of the clip to either 40 or 20 seconds. During recording you can change the exposure setting including, depending on the mode, aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation.

You can also tap the screen to pull focus during recording, or of course use the lens control ring. The stabilisation is rock steady as is the autofocus. You can see a 4k version here. You could of course frame grab from video externally, but Panasonic has made it easy to perform the whole process in-camera.

Post focus mode is selected from the Rec menu and is also assigned by default to the Fn2 button. You can choose one of four 8M aspect ratios —, and However, the TZ will not be phased out and the two cameras will be available simultaneously, with the newer TZ the slightly more expensive option. The Lumix TZ is billed as the one camera you need for your travels.

In fact, Panasonic puts the TZ and TZ in a class of their own, being the only superzoom compact cameras with a large 1-inch sensor. These cameras share similarities with the TZ, but feature wider apertures lenses with a more limited zoom range. This review highlights any improvements, changes and new features of the TZ Now we have used a full production version in the UK too.

Those that pre-order the camera in the UK will get a free leather case with it. It has a premium feel about it, with a hard-wearing aluminum frontage. The design is sleek too. There is a good thumb grip plus a new textured strip on the front of the TZ body, which provides a little extra grip. It's a welcome addition because the smooth metal front of the TZ is quite slippery. As a compact camera, the Lumix TZ will easily slip into a pocket.

The buttons are small and you could say fiddly, but the same is true of any camera this size that offers so much manual control. A large control wheel on the top handles nicely, while the lens zoom lever is positioned around the shutter button. Really, the big point of interest here is the new lens. No other compact camera with 1in sensor comes close to the Panasonic TZ What's more, the macro focusing has also been improved, down from a minimum of 5cm to 3cm.

Of course the lens retracts into the body when not in use and the protrusion is not too bad. There is a control ring on the lens, through which changes to camera settings such as focus and aperture can be made. In order to shoot sharp images and smooth videos, a lot rides on the unchanged 5-axis hybrid Image Stabilisation ISespecially when shooting at those extended telephoto settings.

Offering a mm focal length is all very well, but keeping the camera steady to get sharp shots is paramount. From our experience, the image stabilisation is pretty darn good. Certainly we papped away and have found it quite easy to get sharp shots from a distance. The same goes for video. As well as ensuring the sharpest possible shots from the lens, stabilisation helps in the composition of images and video.

tz200 low light

Without stabilisation, the view is very shaky and moves about. With stabilisation activated, the correction for hand-shake makes composition and viewing significantly easier. Panasonic says autofocusing has been improved in the TZ For general shooting in high contrast light, auto focus is fast and precise.

In low contrast light things get a little slower, but on the whole we found the number of total AF misses respectably low. The wide coverage of AF points means off-centre AF is not only possible but easy. Manual focusing handles nicely via the control ring around the lens. Focus magnification up to 20x means you can be more confident that your manual focusing is accurate.

Images can be viewed on the 3in 1. Touch AF especially Pinpoint and 1-Area plus touch shutter work a treat. For us, Panasonic is one of the industry leaders for touchscreens - they are a pleasure to use and offer plenty of functionality, here including a menu with an additional four user-assigned FN controls.

That is respectable for such a small camera. You see, although the viewfinder is quite the step up from the TZ, it is still very hard to see the scene through it, especially when in bright light. We are informed that the TZ is the only compact camera in Panasonic's range that features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connection.In general we like what the ZS has to offer in terms of spec and performance, though lenses in this class of cameras are often on the soft side. While the ZS has the longest zoom of any nearly pocketable enthusiast compact, most people will be better served by the less expensive ZS, if they don't mind less zoom range.

To put it simply the ZS seems to take the excellent pedigree of the ZS one of our picks for best travel cameramakes some slight improvements and adds a longer, slightly slower lens. Combined, these two cameras fill a gap in the 1" -type compact camera market, providing significant telephoto reach beyond that of other pocket friendly models, such as the Sony RX series, without being bulky like Panasonic's FZ and FZ Here are the differences between the ZS and its predecessor - the ZS - plus how it compares to existing models from other companies.

From landscapes to portraits, we've spent plenty of time shooting with the ZS in several different situations. The one consistent thing we found in our lab tests is that the ZS's lens quality isn't very consistent. That aside, image quality is competitive. The ZS uses Panasonic's Depth from Defocus system, which allows for speedy focus speeds and good, but not great, subject tracking. It does tend to hunt, though. It offers a decent set of controls, though 'jello' and focus hunting can be issues.

The ZS is worth considering, but unless you need that extra mm of zoom, the old ZS performs just as well for less money. The ZS came out 1. I know about the pocket cameras with 30X zoom or more, but those have a small sensor, which I'd rather avoid.

I'm trying to stick to 1" sensors now and I'm not sure if 20X is even reasonably possible for a pockeable camera. I have had the camera for over a month. It takes wonderful pictures but I bought it to supplement my Samsung Note 8 with telescopic pictures that aren't really that good with phone. It takes great pictures but it is a terrible piece of equipment to transfer images via WiFi or Blue Tooth.

First off, the blue tooth doesn't work and I don't particularly like having to work for 45 minutes to get SOME of my photos transferred to my phone gallery via WiFi. This is a terrible camera if you are looking for ease of use. Do NOT spend money on this camera unless you really know what you are doing.

A rip off for the purpose I purchased it for. Hi everyone, I had a ZS but I am now in the market for a new camera a little accident. I am very much an amateur and not sure which camera to look at. With the mixed reviews of the ZS I don't know whether to stay with Panasonic or look elsewhere no Sony please. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I bought this to tour Europe My old TZ30 was better. I concur with the other negative sentiments posted here.

It was erratic with focusing and sometimes exposure was all over the place with mediocre IQ. The touch screen is useless as it way too sensitive for a travel camera. Build quality is also not up to scratch. It is absolute junk and thankfully, I managed to get rid of it on my return a few weeks ago. For old guy guys like me, every travel camera should have a movable screen because I can't bend or squat like I used to, and I need GPS to remember where I was. People keep calling it a selfie screen, but what you mention is the 1 benefit.

Just purchased a Zs and I am a newbie. Does anyone have a general 1st time setup for this camera? Or do I just start with the auto and go from there?If you're looking for a brilliant all-in-one travel compact camera that offers a excellent zoom range and great image quality, this is it. What separates the Panasonic Lumix ZS known as the Lumix TZ outside of the US, except in Australia where it's called the Lumix TZ from other travel zoom compacts that cost half the price is the sensor at the heart of the camera.

It's a 1. This means image quality is much better, with much greater detail. It's not the first time we've seen a 1. There's a large 3. There's also raw capture to help achieve the best quality results from your images, while the handy control wheel round the lens offers quick adjustment for a range of settings.

It's the most expensive travel camera out there right now, but there's no other camera out there that offers a 15x optical zoom and 1. The large 1. It's easy to use, but there are also plenty of manual controls should you want to get a bit more creative, while the compact metal body shouldn't weigh you down.

It delivers similar image quality, the 10x zoom still offers plenty of versatility and it's that bit more affordable. With such a large 15x zoom comes the risk of camera shake ruining shots, so Panasonic's Power OIS stabilization system is on hand to counteract unwanted movement for stills photography, and there's five-axis hybrid OIS stabilization for video. Click here to see the full-size image. These improvements to the EVF make framing shots in bright light that much easier, but it's still pretty cramped, and you'll be better served using the rear display in most situations.

As well as a rear 3. It's also a little larger at 0. These improvements make framing shots in bright ambient light that much easier, but it's still pretty cramped, and you'll be better served using the rear display in most shooting situations. The camera also features a new eco30fps mode, which reduces the Live View refresh rate and which should see the camera good for around shots if you're using the rear LCD per charge.

The battery can be charged via AC or USB, although if you're not going to be near a power supply for a while, you might want to invest in a second battery. In fact, it's only 1mm wider at mm, 1mm thicker at 45mm and 2mm taller at 66mm; that's pretty impressive considering the 15x zoom and 1-inch sensor it packs into its body. While it's probably a bit too big to slip into a jeans pocket comfortably although you could probably cram it in at a pushit'll hardly take up any space in a day bag, while the smooth metal exterior finish gives it a premium and durable feel.

A welcome addition over its predecessor is the addition of a modest textured grip on the front of the camera. There's a dedicated mode dial on the top there are a selection of automated modes, along with more advanced program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual optionsand there's an additional dial that offers control over different functions depending on the shooting mode you're in; if you're working in aperture priority mode, for example, you can use it to alter the aperture, while it can also be used for toggling exposure compensation.

The control ring around the lens facilitates quick adjustments to a variety of settings, depending on the mode you're in.

For instance, if you're in aperture priority mode its default setting is to control the lens aperture. If you prefer, though, you can set it to control other settings, including zoom, exposure compensation and white balance. As we've seen with other cameras that feature a If you're shooting JPEGs, be prepared for images to display signs of detail smoothing as the camera tries to reduce the effects of noise.

Raw files are a lot more pleasing at higher sensitivities — while image noise is present, more detail is retained, and you'll ultimately get a better result if you're prepared to process your images once you're back home. If you're traveling, chances are you're going to be shooting in some pretty high-contrast conditions bright sunlight and shade for example. This can cause cameras to struggle, either producing images that are too dark or too light, as the sensor doesn't have the dynamic range to cope with the wide tonal range.

Lens performance is good considering that Panasonic has managed to squeeze a 15x optic into such a compact body.

Sharpness does suffer a little at the long end of the range, but vignetting and distortions are well controlled at the wider end. The 10x optical zoom isn't quite as broad but it still offers a decent reach, while image quality is very good.

There's also a brilliant pop-up EVF. Pricey but brilliant. Like the idea of an all-in-one camera, but want a bigger zoom?

tz200 low light

While there are plenty of other compacts out there that offer this, they have smaller sensors.Hi everyone, I currently have a TZ which after 2. Anyway, I'm looking at getting a TZ, however, I'm a little concerned at the chatter about the worse low-light performance with the increased zoom. Has anyone used both the TZ and TZ and compare how they perform in lower light situations? Would a commoner I wouldn't classify myself as a professional photographer by any means really notice a difference in everyday use?

Sony's RX VI? The ZS has a somewhat slower lens, but it's only by half a stop at both ends of the ZS zoom range. In between, they're fairly close and there are even some focal lengths where the ZS is faster than the ZS ZS vs.

ZS maximum apertures. I don't think you'll notice a big difference and the extra reach may trump any loss of speed.

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I've used a TZ for several years. Love it, still have it. But I wanted the extra reach, so after dithering around for a couple of years, I got a TZ I love it more than my TZ I don't notice any difference between the 's low light performance and that of the But keep in mind that I post-process the few images I want to keep, and I'm not printing any larger than 7. In landscapes, if I look for it, there's a little softness at the corners of images.

But otherwise the lens renders images fully as sharp as those of my former Canon 70D with its "L" lenses. I don't push either camera beyond ISOthough I notice the some people do, with good results at smaller display sizes. They make a clear difference. I think some people try to use the default settings right out of the box, and they get disappointed. Another thing - that "soft lens" of the TZ - that is not present in my copy. At ISOmy images from the and the benefit from some noise reduction.

With that in mind, I don't think either cameras are very good for low light. A high end phone will probably outperform both. Maybe - as long as you don't need a focal length longer than 50mm, or any dynamic range, or the absence of JPEG artifacts, or Many of those objections no longer apply to a high-end phones.

Something like the P30 will outperform both of those Panasonic cameras to well past mm zoom, and also covers wider angles than they do. Can You please specify that Sherman's jpeg settings? I was not successful in searching his recommended settings in this forum. And as a newbie I am not allowed to send him a message. I know very well that it is not a perfect lenses and perfect image quality camera, I just deciced on my own preferences.

I shoot only jpeg yet, but I'm looking forward to learn playing with RAW images very soon, as well. By the way, I like the control, the operation of this camera very much, it's a joy to use it. I think my sieve like memory failed me and others again. It was Saudi Dave who recommended the settings I had in mind. Here they are:. Those settings make a tremendous positive difference in the JPEG quality.Pectin is frequently derived from citrus fruit and apples and is a familiar ingredient in jelly and jam recipes.

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