CNET First Look
Panasonic's just-right compact cameraNone of the parts rank as best in class, but the whole adds up to the best choice for many.
Do you want better photo quality than you can get with a point and shoot? Do you want a smaller camera than the typical bridge model? Then Goldilocks this one maybe just right. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Panasonic Lumix ZS100. Panasonic puts a 25 to 250 mm 10 times zoom plus a one inch sensor in this $700 compact. It's the longest zoom ever paired with this size sensor in a pocket sized model. For the most part I really like the design. It's got a grip, an electronic view finder, a tilting flash, and a control ring on the lens. I wish the LCD could tilt or flip up for selfies though. The feature set's really good too. With 4k video and some Panasonic specific features including post-focus and 4k burst. Post focus snaps multiple shots at multiple focus distances, turning it into a short video from which you extract the shots you like. 4k burst works the same way, from really fast continues shooting. It's not best class other for photo, video quality, or speed. That would the Sony RX100 4. But it's good enough given the flexibility afforded by the bigger zoom lens. For more on the trade-off, you'll have to read my review on CNET.