PANA­SONIC TZ200 VS SONY RX100 VI

£729, pana­sonic.com

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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

Fea­tures

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.

Per­for­mance

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.

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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.

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