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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

Only slightly bigger than Sony's RX100 series, the ZS100 at least has a slight grip.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

As is common among enthusiast compacts, the ZS100 has a ring on the lens that you can program for specific functions, such as adjusting aperture or shutter speed.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

You'll find the typical Panasonic touchscreen interface on the ZS100.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

It's a bit smaller than the one on the later RX100 models, but it doesn't require you to pop it up, which makes it slightly more enjoyable to use.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

You charge the battery via USB.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

The new Post Focus capability -- choosing one out of a burst that has the focus area you want -- is a mode you shoot in that's enabled by pressing that Fn2 button.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

The 4K shooting modes are accessible via the Fn1 button instead of on the mode dial, where they've been on other Panasonic compacts.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

It's not terribly deep, but given many manufacturers' aversion to putting grips on compacts these days, I'm surprised it's got one at all.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

The lack of a hot shoe may dissuade some buyers who might consider it instead of the LX100.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

Though the lens's maximum aperture rises to f5.9 as you go through the zoom range, given that it extends out to 250mm equivalent that's not bad. What matters is how quickly you get there.

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Nice size

Ring around the lens

Touchscreen operation

Viewfinder

Connectors

Post Focus

Controls

Grip!

No hot shoe

Lens

Tilt-a-flash

As mentioned previously, you can tilt the flash while shooting to bounce the light.

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