LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic ZS100 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
ZS100 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder.
The viewfinder has a resolution of 1,166kdots and coverage of 100%.
Panasonic ZS100 can shoot continuously at max speed of 50.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/16000 sec . Unfortunately ZS100 doesn't have an external flash port so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic ZS100 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 49 points to choose from.
Panasonic ZS100 has a special Post Focus mode which uses its 4K video and focus bracketing features together to shoot and stack a burst of images into a single image which you can change the focus point on the LCD screen after it is taken. Although the resulting image has only 8 MP resolution, the flexibility this feature gives to the shooter is unmatched.
4K Photo Mode
With Panasonic ZS100, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30p,24p fps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. This means that Panasonic ZS100 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness.ZS100 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Panasonic ZS100 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Large Sensor Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Fujifilm X70 or Canon XC10 in a similar price range.
Utilizing its 4K Video recording abilities in a creative way, Panasonic ZS100 sports a 4K Photo Mode where you can capture 8 MP photos from 4K videos.
Using a software such as Adobe Lightroom on your PC or in-camera function, you can review the 4K video frame by frame and extract the image that you like the most.
Connectivity and Storage
Panasonic ZS100 features a built-in wireless connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our ZS100. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect your camera to other devices through HDMI port or via USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Panasonic ZS100 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 300 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 310 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Large Sensor Compact Cameras
Leica X Vario with its 450shots is the model with longest battery life among Large Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic ZS100 vs Leica X Vario or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Current Lowest price for Panasonic ZS100 is $647.99