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Might Get A Panasonic ZS200 To Replace The Full-Frame ‘Canon EOS RP’ I Sold This Week.

by Anura Guruge



Close up MACROS of plants I like to photograph.


When I sold the Canon EOS RP I said I loved my ‘new’ Google Pixel 4.

But, I never said I wouldn’t be getting another camera — ever. That would have been a stretch.

I will probably still use a camera in the foreseeable future.

The Pixel 4 is fine & fun BUT it has its limitations — even for what I do.

The key among these is the lack of a viewfinder and the absence of delicate, manual focusing. I need both of that for the pictures I like to take.

I also ‘resent’ the TINY sensor in phone cameras. This at least as a 1″ sensor. I can live with 1″.

I kind of like Panasonic. I had a Panasonic FZ1000 for over 6 (whole) months, 2015 to 2016. This camera has very similar specs, but in a much more compact form factor.

Looking through my posts I see that I considered its direct precursor, the ZS100, when it was announced. That is good.

I haven’t ordered one yet. Most likely get it from my friends at ‘Cardinal Camera‘. I trust them, and they always give me decent prices.

Stay tuned.


A picture taken in 2016
with my Panasonic FZ1000.


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Panasonic New Lumix LX10 vs Fairly New Lumix ZS100: Faster Lens vs. Longer Zoom, Same Price, Same Sensor.

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“DPReview” side-by-side. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Fascinating choice.

Glad I will NOT have to make it. SMILE.

f1.4 to 2.8 is DAMN FAST. Both offer ISO 25600. With that fast lens, with ISO cranked up, you could get some great pictures indoors without a flash. And night scenery. Fireworks?

But a 250mm zoom is nice too and that from me — currently having a ball with the Nikon P900 and its 2000mm zoom.

Hhmmm.

The LX10 is DEFINITELY not the Panasonic Lumix LX100 replacement.


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Panasonic Lumix LX200 To Be A Reality — But Is It Too Little, Too Late; DFD AF The One Biggie.

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Translated from “ixbt.com”. Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access original at: “ixbt.com”

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“The New Camera”, on June 23, 2016, also carried a story. Click image to access their original post.


So the much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX200 is indeed going to be a reality — to be announced in September at ‘Photokina 2016‘.

But the current rumors don’t mention anything about a new lens (setup). If the lens continues to be the f/1.7 to 2.8, 24-75mm zoom, as in the Lumix LX100, that would be a dissapointment — though this is one heck of a lens. 

Much is being made of the 20MP sensor BUT there is no guarantee that the LX200 will actually offer a 20MP mode! Remember the LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the highest resolution offered by the LX100 is 13MP because of the ‘crop-compensation’ favored by Panasonic for this camera. IF they continue with that same approach the maximum resolution of the LX200 will be 16MP — which is respectable, but nothing special these days.

However, what will make the LX200 special, as is the case with the LX100, is a Micro Four Thirds sensor — a large sensor for a fixed-zoom, compact camera of this size and price.

And then there is Panasonic’s new ‘Depth of Defocus’ (DFD) autofocus system which claims to provide faster AF than what is possible with ‘Contrast Detect’ or ‘Phase-Detect’. That is a nice touch but AF on the LX100 wasn’t that sluggish or poor.

So it all boils down to image quality, IQ, versus price. Panasonic’s own DMC-ZS100, albeit with a 1″ sensor, can, per the reviews, match IQ and offer 3x the zoom for the same price.

Hence my concern that unless the lens is updated the LX200 might not be that compelling. The tiltable-screen a nice-to-have but unlikely to be a game-changer.


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DPReview Posts 30 Initial Sample Images From The New Panasonic Lumix ZS100 — Nothing To Write Home About.

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Click to access the DPReview sample gallery for the Lumix ZS100.


They are definitely OK. Not bad, not bad at all. But nothing truly spectacular here — and that could be due to a myriad factors.

I can get this quality images from either my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 or the new Lumix LX100.

I am kind of glad that I eventually opted for the LX100 without waiting for the ZS100 and my druthers about the larger sensor size in the LX100 being a better bet seems to be proving true.


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Would I Have Bought The New Nikon DL24-85 vs The Panasonic Lumix LX100?

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The newly announced, available in June 2016, Nikon DL24-85 at B&H. Click to access the B&H product page.


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A snippet from (the as ever extremely helpful) DPReview side-by-side comparison. Use link below to access full comparison. Click to ENLARGE and check out just these parameters here.

Click here to access the full DPreview side-by-side comparison.


The Nikon DL series was announced exactly a week after I had placed my order for the Panasonic Lumix LX100 from BuyDig.com. Yes, I had heard the rumors but Nikon did not really figure in my choices — the only brands I was seriously considering having been Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic.

Should I have waited for the Nikon DL? I don’t think so.

Why? First and foremost SENSOR SIZE. It is like trying to overcome an addiction. I really, really do want to get away from 1″ sensors. That is like the #1 goal in my life! I know it is sad — when sensor size becomes the most important goal of your life. So that alone would have been enough for me to discount the Nikon.

And then there is the availability. June 2016? In my world that is the lifetime away. I would probably have taken over 6,000 pictures with the LX100 by then!

So right now I have no regrets. Whenever I see stuff about how good the Nikon DLs are I just remind myself, 1″ and in this case SIZE matters a LOT.


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Panasonic Lumix LX100 Prices Have Shot Up $100 – $200 Since Feb. 20, 2016.

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I ordered my Panasonic Lumix LX100 (which right now I just adore to bits (given the stunning pictures it can take)) from BuyDig.com last Thursday, February 18, 2016 — and paid LESS than the then current $697.99 for it.

3 Days later the list price has shot up $200! Yes, $200. Right now, it is on BuyDig.com for $897.99. See below.


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Click to ENLARGE. Here is the link IF you want to go check it: http://goo.gl/zalv2p.


Others, for example Cameta Camera, who I was going to buy it from until they ran out of silver LX100s, are selling it now for $797.99. See image below from February 15, 2016 — and post on my Panasonic Lumix ZS100 blog on that day.

I called up Cameta (and asked ‘Lou’) as to what happened. He explained that a $100 (instant) Rebate from Panasonic for the LX100 had expired on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

That still doesn’t explain why BuyDig.com hiked prices by $200 when Cameta just went up $100. Strange.

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Click to ENLARGE. Here is the link IF you want to go check it: http://goo.gl/DB2pZZ.


Yes, you can STILL find it on Amazon for $697.99 or EVEN LESS. But they are not from names I am familiar with. So you can never be sure of the condition of the camera (the so called ‘gray market’ cameras).

I am JUST glad I lucked out. Wow. Doesn’t happen to me often.


Cameta Camera Panasonic Lumix LX100 kit prices on February 15, 2016. See my zs100.wordpress.com blog. Click to ENLARGE.


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A picture taken, 2 days ago, with the Panasonic Lumix LX100
— without a flash.

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I Ordered A Panasonic Lumix LX100, In Silver, From BuyDig.com (And Fate Played A Role).

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As is always the case I do a lot of intense agonizing before I buy a camera. It is always a compromise and I just like to really have a good handle on what compromises I am accepting. I had gravitated towards the Panasonic Lumix LX100 over 2 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the newly announced and not as yet available Panasonic Lumix ZS100. The ZS100, which is a smaller version of my heavily used Panasonic FZ1000, really intrigued me to the point that I went off and created a ZS100 blog (and I have had 560 hits in 10 days (which is a blast)).

I really struggled with the LX100. The 12.8MP resolution really, really bugged me. That said I will never be requiring ‘HUGE’, 11″x14″ prints off pictures I take off that camera (I hope). 99.5% of all pictures I take I use online, severely downsampled. Yes, it is better to start off with more Megapixels BUT for what I need the difference will be marginal.

People just RAVE about the image quality from the LX100 and that is my paramount requirement.

Plus it has a very nice (if a tad short (i.e., 75mm)) f1.7 to 2.8 Leica lens. That f1.7 was the final clincher. I have had f1.8 lenses in the past and they are a joy.

And then the TOTAL MANUAL controls. That is what I really want. I want to be able to instantaneously change exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture without having to press buttons and then turn things. This is also the reason that I will be replacing the FZ1000 by September. I am going to get a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2, if there is one) with full manual controls. Getting the LX100 will give me a chance to make sure that I will indeed enjoy the manual controls.

So that is that. If there is an LX200 in June I will upgrade. SMILE. That is a given. As I did with the Sony RX100 II will sell it on eBay.

So despite the ZS100 it seems I was fated to get the LX100 from the first time I read a review about it.


Fate then intervened again and I kind of feel that that was good.

I was going to get the LX100 from Cameta Camera because they offered a keenly priced KIT.

But, of late, I have been buying most of my electronics from BuyDig (and their sales-master Ray Messiah). The BuyDig kit was not as competitively priced. This morning I went to Cameta to order the KIT! They had run out of Silver LX100s! They had (at least) one at 1am this morning. Now it was gone.

I wanted this LX100 in silver to go with the whole retro-look. So I called Ray Messiah. He understood where I was coming from. So, as was the case with the Sony RX100 II I bought from Ray I got the LX100 at a discount. Wasn’t a huge discount, but a discount nonetheless. I feel safer and happier getting it from BuyDig. So that is the story of the LX100. Yes, of course, I will share pictures with you.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 — I Have Created A Blog.

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The scheduled for March 26, 2016 availability Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, that I serendipitously stumbled upon a few days ago, has really piqued my interest. It is basically a smaller version of my semi-beloved Panasonic FZ1000, which I am now using every day (now that I sold my Sony RX100 II).

As is always my wont I am crunching through reviews of the ZS100 at quite the pace. So it occurred to me that I might as well share what I am finding as I go along. IF I end of getting a ZS100, and right now the odds on that appear to be around the 75% mark, I could really start making the blog exciting with my photos.

Since the Sony RX10 II this is the first ‘pre-release’ camera that I have taken this much interest in. So that was another reason to start blogging. I only created it Monday night, February 8, 2016. This is the first time I have spoken about it. BUT it has already had 95 views with 57 already today — and they are coming from all over the World.

So stay tuned. Please do check out the blog. I already have 6 posts.


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Yes, I do have a blog for the Panasonic FZ1000 too —
though I will confess I haven’t done much with it yet. Sorry.


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Yet Another Sophie’s Choice For I — Panasonic Lumix LX100 or New ZS100.

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As I have been saying for the last couple of days I am now looking for a replacement for my Sony RX100 II given that it is sold and gone.

I was planning to get a Fuji so that I could standardize on Fuji cameras. BUT that doesn’t seem as easy and practical as I had thought — and not in the budget that I was hoping. Anytime you do any serious evaluation of today’s cameras, using Web resources, you are bound to be told of the competitors. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 kept on coming up. Over the last 24 hours I, as I am wont to do when I come across a camera that looks interesting, did a deep-dive, immersion into finding out about it. Quite the camera. Just two things, other than the smaller than APS-C sensor size, that bothered me: it being a 13MP camera (despite using a 16MP sensor) and the lack of a built-in, pop-up flash. (I am a great exploitor of pop-up flashes). Though the LX100 comes with an external flash that would be an impediment. But the reviews rave about the LX100.

Then on Sunday I came across the newly announced, viz. January 5, 2016, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. I had not paid any attention to it since I had by then thought that I was done with buying anymore Panasonic cameras. WOW. ZS100. Basically a smaller version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 that has served me so well! But a 1″ sensor and I really wanted to move away from 1″. But it has a pop-up flash and is 20MP. Lens, at zoom, is a bit slow.

To make it worse, and would you believe it, they are EXACTLY the same price! $697.99.

The ZS100 will NOT be available till March 26. Can I wait that long? Seven weeks? Yes, I can, but do I want to.

Wow. This is quite a decision.


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