The Panasonic ZS100 is a versatile advanced compact with a 10x optical zoom packed in front of a large 1" sensor. But perhaps even more enticing is the 4K capability. Panasonic is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to finding 4K on a compact camera, and the ZS100 comes in paired with a nice zoom too.
The 10x zoom lens starts at a nice wide f/2.8, but comes a much narrower f/5.9 at the long end of that zoom. While certainly capable of capturing objects from a distance, the ZS100 also has a good macro capability with a 5 cm minimum focusing distance. That versatile lens is in front of a 20 megapixel 1" sensor, much larger than those found in basic point and shoots.
Video is a highlighting feature, with 4K at 30 fps. If the higher frame rate is needed, 1080p is available at 60 fps. A hybrid 5-axis image stabilization should offer a nice boost in the video quality, but it's not available in 4K resolution.
Because of the 4K video, the LZ100 offers an intriguing shoot-now-focus-later mode, where the user can take a video then touch to focus on still images after the fact. Users can also just extract stills from the 4K video straight from the camera.
The design of the camera looks to be a plus too. Despite the compact style, there's a control ring around the lens for more options to adjust the settings. The camera also includes a nice high resolution electronic viewfinder.
While zoom used to be rare in advanced compacts, it's becoming a bit more common. But, zoom with 4K is still tough to find, so the ZS100 stands out there. The Panasonic LX100 offers 4K video but with only a 3.6x zoom. The FZ1000 offers both the high resolution video and a 16x zoom lens, but in a much larger bridge-style body. The Olympus Stylus 1 offers a similar zoom with a wider aperture at the long end, but no 4K. The ZS100 looks to be a great option for shooters that need that high resolution video in a very small camera.