The best mid-range compact cameras

In this second section, the presented devices offer enhanced image quality, and more manual setting options.

Panasonic Lumix TZ200: the best midrange

This model Lumix is ​​a little less compact than the previous (it still incorporates a 15x zoom): more difficult to slip into a pocket, it will easily fit in your bag without you seem cumbersome.

With a grip on the front and thumb, its grip is very comfortable. Its screen is unfortunately not orientable but tactile and the proposed interface is one that has been developed for hybrids in the range, and is very intuitive, working with the various buttons and knobs.

This model also has an EVF, which allows a more "organic" use of the device and can be used to save battery (up to 300 shots).

One of the great things about this best vlogging camera is its purpose. It is possible to increase sensitivity up to ISO 1600 while maintaining a very correct detail rendering, with bright colors and a very satisfactory sharpness. But beyond that, the grain starts to be slightly apparent, although it still remains good at 3200 ISO.

It's also his 15x zoom that makes his success. The image retains exceptional quality even at maximum. By cons, it has a certain default: its opening lack of brightness and it is difficult to obtain a very vague background. Nevertheless, its minimum focal length of 24 mm is a good asset for wide angle sockets.

Finally, it allows, like the Olympus Tough TG-5, to record 4K UHD videos with a quality that deserves to be highlighted. Unfortunately, he misses a microphone jack.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on the agenda, and the Panasonic Image App mobile app is useful. By cons, it does not have the NFC, it's a pity for the speed of connection.

In the end, it is a model whose power of zoom associated with the smallness of the case is an attractive feature. The quality of the metal construction and the right setting options also make it a competitive and enjoyable model to use, and its viewfinder will seduce more than one.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: the mid-range alternative

This model, although fairly recent, has already suffered a price drop that allows us to address it in this section "mid-range", but it is a compact expert.

Design side, we find the quality of finishes, the pleasant grip and ergonomics that have made the reputation of the range: it is easy to handle, its touch screen is responsive and intuitive, and all settings can be done only one hand, everything within reach of the right hand.

One of his interests is that it makes available quickly all the most basic settings that can be done using the two knobs. This avoids getting lost too far in the menu.

With its 17 Mpx sensor and 24-75 mm lens, the LX100 II offers a very good image quality. The focus is very fast and the camera is responsive, except in low light. On the other hand, its ignition takes almost two seconds, which is a little slow.

Its sensitivity range is 100 to 12,800 ISO. Until 1600, noise management is impeccable. It is only from 3200 ISO that a degradation of the image becomes perceptible, but it remains usable up to 6400 ISO, depending on the context.

Its Dual Stabilization Stabilizer is very powerful, combining the stabilization of the lens and the sensor. This ensures good blur management, even if your arm is not quite stable.

It is also a good asset for video, where it can record in UHD at 30 fps. Unfortunately, there is no option at this level, so you will soon be limited if you like to shoot a lot.

Its connectivity is a little disappointing for a device that is expert: if it has an HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it is sorely lacking an NFC chip and headphone and microphone.

In the end, here is an excellent compact camera, which offers a truly stunning image quality. Nevertheless, a few minor flaws mean that it can not yet take the first place in this ranking despite its lower price: connectivity a little limited, lack of a more complete video mode. We expect a little more than a compact expert.
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