PANASONIC TZ200 VS SONY RX100 VI
Our lens is bigger than yours. Yes, we had fun pitting two zoom compacts against one other, and reckon you’ll have just as much fun using ’em
Like the Sony, you get a big one-inch, 20MP sensor, but the 24-360mm equivalent lens provides a 15x zoom. You also get a touchscreen and EVF, and 4K recording. The two cameras are very evenly matched, despite the price difference.
Design & handling
It’s bigger than the Sony, but the textured grip helps keep it steady. The controls are grouped for one-handed use, and are pretty clearly marked and easy to use. There’s an adjustment ring on the lens too, for tweaks while shooting.
The Light Speed autofocus system lives up to its name in good light throughout the zoom range, though it isn’t great when taking fast-paced action shots. The battery is rated for 300 shots when using the EVF – again, good for a day out. Image quality The TZ200 handles itself well, but to keep noise low there’s a bit too much smoothing for us in JPEGs. Pics are well detailed and vibrant, but sharpness suffers at the end of the zoom range. Dynamic range is handled solidly.
We’re impressed Great 15x zoom; good handling and controls; impressive images. We’d improve Sharpness at longer zooms is weak; image smoothing can be frustrating.