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Which battery does the Panasonic ZS100 take?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 is a digital compact camera that features a 20.0MP sensor. It is powered by the Panasonic DMW-BLG10, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.

Battery Pack

The DMW-BLG10 operates at a voltage of 7.2V and has a capacity of 1025mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Panasonic BMW-BLG10 charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 42 mm in width, 14 mm in height, and 37 mm in depth. It weighs 37 g. The Panasonic DMW-BLG10 has been on the market since April 2013 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $60. Panasonic provides the DMW-BLG10 in a black outer finish. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

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It is noteworthy, that the Panasonic ZS100 supports internal charging of its battery pack via the USB port. This feature can be particularly useful when travelling, as one can re-charge the camera battery simply by plugging a USB cable into one's laptop, rather than carrying a separate battery charger along.

How many shots can I take with a fully charged ?

The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.

Panasonic DMW-BLG10

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Panasonic ZS100 can take 300 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop towards or even below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.


What about generic battery packs?

Panasonic sells the original DMW-BLG10 battery pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.

Panasonic DMW-BLG10 Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Panasonic ZS100 & other selected Panasonic cameras
  • Voltage: 7.2V DC
  • Capacity: 1025mAh
  • Number of shots (CIPA) with the Panasonic ZS100: 300

Indeed, one can often find a variety of competitively-priced DMW-BLG10 replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Panasonic ZS100. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine Panasonic DMW-BLG10, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":

  • Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
  • Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
  • Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
  • Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
  • Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;

If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the Panasonic DMW-BLG10. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Panasonic offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original Panasonic DMW-BLG10 and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Panasonic DMW-BLG10?

The ZS100 is not alone in using the Panasonic DMW-BLG10. Several other cameras from Panasonic are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.

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Cameras using the Panasonic DMW-BLG10
Battery life
Sensor Size
Launch Price
Street Price
1Panasonic G100Panasonic DMW-BLG10270Four Thirds20.2352Jun 2020649amazon.com
2Panasonic G110Panasonic DMW-BLG10270Four Thirds20.2352Jun 2020649amazon.com
3Panasonic GF6Panasonic DMW-BLG10340Four Thirds15.8323Apr 2013499ebay.com
4Panasonic GX7Panasonic DMW-BLG10350Four Thirds15.8402Aug 2013999ebay.com
5Panasonic GX9Panasonic DMW-BLG10260Four Thirds20.2407Feb 2018849ebay.com
6Panasonic GX80Panasonic DMW-BLG10290Four Thirds15.8426Apr 2016799amazon.com
7Panasonic GX85Panasonic DMW-BLG10290Four Thirds15.8426Apr 2016799amazon.com
8Panasonic LX100Panasonic DMW-BLG10300Four Thirds12.7393Sep 2014899ebay.com
9Panasonic LX100 IIPanasonic DMW-BLG10300Four Thirds16.8392Aug 2018999ebay.com
10Panasonic TZ90Panasonic DMW-BLG103801/2.320.2322Apr 2017449ebay.com
11Panasonic TZ95Panasonic DMW-BLG103801/2.320.2327Feb 2019449ebay.com
12Panasonic TZ100Panasonic DMW-BLG103001-inch20.0312Jan 2016699ebay.com
13Panasonic TZ200Panasonic DMW-BLG103701-inch20.0340Feb 2018799amazon.com
14Panasonic ZS70Panasonic DMW-BLG103801/2.320.2322Apr 2017449ebay.com
15Panasonic ZS80Panasonic DMW-BLG103801/2.320.2327Feb 2019449ebay.com
16Panasonic ZS100Panasonic DMW-BLG103001-inch20.0312Jan 2016699ebay.com
17Panasonic ZS200Panasonic DMW-BLG103701-inch20.0340Feb 2018799amazon.com

Panasonic DMW-BLG10 FAQ

The Panasonic DMW-BLG10 is the standard power source for the ZS100. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.

Is there a car charger available for the DMW-BLG10?

Panasonic does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers might do (see here on ebay).

Can I use the DMW-BLG10 in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Panasonic ZS100 and other selected cameras from Panasonic.

How should the DMW-BLG10 be stored?

Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.

How should I discard my old Panasonic DMW-BLG10 battery pack?

The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.

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