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Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

The Panasonic TZ200 and the Panasonic ZS200 are identical cameras that only differ by name. Panasonic sells the camera in different regions of the world using an alternative designation because of marketing and warranty considerations. Hence, there is not much to differentiate the two. You might want to move across to the CAM-parator app in order to select two other camera models for a more meaningful comparison, or just scroll down to the tables on this page to see how the Panasonic TZ200 (aka Panasonic ZS200) relates to a set of comparators.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 (called Panasonic ZS200 in some regions) and the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (labelled Panasonic TZ200 in some countries) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced in February 2018. Both the TZ200 and the ZS200 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an one-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Panasonic TZ200   Panasonic ZS200
Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-360mm f/3.3-6.4 24-360mm f/3.3-6.4
20 MP, 1" Sensor 20 MP, 1" Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 125-12800 (80-25600) ISO 125-12800 (80-25600)
Electronic viewfinder (2330k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2330k dots)
3.0" LCD, 1240k dots 3.0" LCD, 1240k dots
Fixed touchscreen Fixed touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
370 shots per battery charge370 shots per battery charge
111 x 65 x 45 mm, 340 g 111 x 65 x 45 mm, 340 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 and the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Panasonic TZ200 and the Panasonic ZS200. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, silver).

Size Panasonic TZ200 vs Panasonic ZS200
Compare TZ200 versus ZS200 top
Comparison TZ200 or ZS200 rear

In this particular case, the Panasonic TZ200 and the Panasonic ZS200 have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. Moreover, the two cameras also share the same weight. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the TZ200 nor the ZS200 are weather-sealed.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, just click on the right or left arrow next to the camera that you would like to inspect. Alternatively, you can also use the CAM-parator to select your camera combination among a larger number of options.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic TZ200» 111 mm 65 mm 45 mm 340 g 370 n Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic ZS200« 111 mm 65 mm 45 mm 340 g 370 n Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic ZS200
 
Canon M6« » 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779 i i Canon M6
 
Canon G5 X« » 112 mm 76 mm 44 mm 353 g 210 n Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II« » 136 mm 97 mm 131 mm 810 g 350 n Feb 2019 899 i i Panasonic FZ1000 II
 
Panasonic TZ95« » 112 mm 69 mm 42 mm 327 g 380 n Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic LX100 II« » 115 mm 66 mm 65 mm 392 g 300 n Aug 2018 999 i i Panasonic LX100 II
 
Panasonic GX9« » 124 mm 72 mm 47 mm 407 g 260 n Feb 2018 849 i i Panasonic GX9
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic LX10« » 106 mm 60 mm 42 mm 310 g 260 n Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX10
 
Panasonic LX15« » 106 mm 60 mm 42 mm 310 g 260 n Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX15
 
Panasonic TZ100« » 111 mm 65 mm 44 mm 312 g 300 n Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic ZS100« » 111 mm 65 mm 44 mm 312 g 300 n Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
 
Panasonic FZ1000« » 137 mm 99 mm 131 mm 831 g 360 n Jun 2014 899- i Panasonic FZ1000
 
Ricoh GR III« » 109 mm 62 mm 33 mm 257 g 200 n Feb 2019 899 i i Ricoh GR III
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

 

Sensor comparison: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an one-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Panasonic TZ200 and Panasonic ZS200 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 20 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the TZ200 and the ZS200 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-25600. The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

TZ200 versus ZS200 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic TZ200» 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic ZS200« 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic ZS200
 
Canon M6« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p----Canon M6
 
Canon G5 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p----Canon G5 X
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic FZ1000 II
 
Panasonic TZ95« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic LX100 II« » Four Thirds 16.8 4736 35524K/30p----Panasonic LX100 II
 
Panasonic GX9« » Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic GX9
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic LX10« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic LX10
 
Panasonic LX15« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic LX15
 
Panasonic TZ100« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic ZS100« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970Panasonic ZS100
 
Panasonic FZ1000« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.111.751764Panasonic FZ1000
 
Ricoh GR III« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p----Ricoh GR III

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

 

Feature comparison: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The TZ200 and the ZS200 are similar in the sense that both feature an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when framing images in bright sunlight. Moreover, their viewfinders offer an identical resolution of 2330k dots. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Panasonic TZ200, the Panasonic ZS200, and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic TZ200»2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic ZS200«2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS200
 
Canon M6« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n Canon M6
 
Canon G5 X« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y Canon G5 X
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II« »2360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ1000 II
 
Panasonic TZ95« »2330 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »2764 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/4000s 11.0 n Y Panasonic LX100 II
 
Panasonic GX9« »2760 n 3.0 1240 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y Panasonic GX9
 
Panasonic TZ90« »1166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic LX10« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic LX10
 
Panasonic LX15« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic LX15
 
Panasonic TZ100« »1166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic ZS100« »1166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS100
 
Panasonic FZ1000« »2359 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ1000
 
Ricoh GR III« »- n 3.0 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.0 n Y Ricoh GR III

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Panasonic TZ200 and the Panasonic ZS200 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the TZ200 and the ZS200 have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (8.8-132.0mm f/3.3-6.4). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the TZ200 and the ZS200 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

 

Connectivity comparison: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic TZ200»-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic ZS200«-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic ZS200
 
Canon M6« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYYCanon M6
 
Canon G5 X« »Ystereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon G5 X
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic FZ1000 II
 
Panasonic TZ95« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic LX100 II
 
Panasonic GX9« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic GX9
 
Panasonic TZ90« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic LX10« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic LX10
 
Panasonic LX15« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic LX15
 
Panasonic TZ100« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic ZS100« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic ZS100
 
Panasonic FZ1000« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0YY-Panasonic FZ1000
 
Ricoh GR III« »Ystereomono---3.0Y-YRicoh GR III

Both the TZ200 and the ZS200 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The TZ200 replaced the earlier Panasonic TZ100, while the ZS200 followed on from the Panasonic ZS100. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic website.


Review summary: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Panasonic TZ200 or the Panasonic ZS200 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Reasons to prefer the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200:

  • Well, not many: Does not have any feature that gives it a substantial advantage over the ZS200.


Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200:

  • Well, not many: Does not offer any functionality that gives it a clear advantage over the TZ200.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (0 points each).

TZ200 00:00 ZS200

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic TZ200 and the Panasonic ZS200 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the TZ200 or the ZS200. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews: Panasonic TZ200 vs ZS200

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic TZ200»+ +81/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic ZS200«+ +81/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic ZS200
 
Canon M6« »-80/1004/54.5/54/5 Feb 2017 779 i i Canon M6
 
Canon G5 X« »+ +78/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II« »--4.5/5-4.5/5 Feb 2019 899 i i Panasonic FZ1000 II
 
Panasonic TZ95« »--4.5/5-- Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »+82/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 999 i i Panasonic LX100 II
 
Panasonic GX9« »+84/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Feb 2018 849 i i Panasonic GX9
 
Panasonic TZ90« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic LX10« »+ +81/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX10
 
Panasonic LX15« »+ +81/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX15
 
Panasonic TZ100« »+ +82/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic ZS100« »+ +82/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
 
Panasonic FZ1000« »+ +82/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jun 2014 899- i Panasonic FZ1000
 
Ricoh GR III« »-81/1004/5-- Feb 2019 899 i i Ricoh GR III
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Panasonic TZ200 vs Panasonic ZS200

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-360mm f/3.3-6.4 24-360mm f/3.3-6.4
    Launch Date February 2018 February 2018
    Launch Price USD 799 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels 20 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.41 μm 2.41 μm
    Pixel Density 17.18 MP/cm2 17.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-12800 ISO 125-12800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80-25600 ISO 80-25600 ISO
    Image Processor Venus Venus
    Screen Specs Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.53x 0.53x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2330k dots 2330k dots
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1240k dots 1240k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000/s 1/2000/s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/16000sup to 1/16000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Panasonic TZ200 Panasonic ZS200
    Battery Type DMW-BLG10 power pack DMW-BLG10 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)370 shots per charge370 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 111 x 65 x 45 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 in)
    111 x 65 x 45 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 340 g (12.0 oz) 340 g (12.0 oz)

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