We love when a high-performing camera is given a tough outer shell. It extends the lifespan of the camera, especially when it\u2019s fitted with 20.1 megapixels to handle and 4K video capturing capabilities. In fact, the Panasonic Lumix TZ200 is exactly that! Is it the best travel camera? It certainly makes a persuasive argument.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Panasonic Lumix TZ200\r\nSporting a metal chassis, good zoom range, 4K video capture, and 20.1 megapixels to work with, the Panasonic Lumix TZ200 is all about capturing moments in the highest detail.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nPacking 20.1 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix TZ200 has a wide net to cast, with a fast shutter speed to compliment. And that high speed comes in handy when it comes to shooting in 4K UHD, putting 1080p full HD to shame. Equipped with LECIA DC optical zoom lens, you\u2019re getting a long zoom range of 15x. Typical of travel zoom cameras is softness when zoom has reached its limit. To compensate, the processor inside will add a bit of sharpness to prevent it.\r\n\r\nEven if you don\u2019t have good lighting, its 1-inch image sensor is large enough to capture much better shots than a smaller one. Part of its low-light performance can also be attributed to its f\/3.3 maximum aperture. However, the Panasonic Image app can be fidgety.\r\nDesign\r\nRight off the bat, the Panasonic TZ200 is sporting a better compact design than most compact cameras. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 and Sony RX100 are compact, yes, but too smooth. The TZ200 can fit in your pocket, too, in addition to having a textured grip.\r\n\r\nInstead of being made of hard plastic, it has a metal chassis, making it ideal as a travel camera. Near the 3-inch display, and at the top, you\u2019ll find the dials needed to switch between modes such as focus mode, live view, and photo mode, to name a few. It isn\u2019t waterproof, however; for that, look to the Olympus TG-5.\r\nValue\r\nWe can't knock the performance of the Panasonic Lumix TZ200. It\u2019s one powerful camera, there\u2019s no arguing there. With that said, it is rather expensive. In fact, its cousin, the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is very close in specifications\u2014only being 2 megapixels shorter than the TZ200. The FZ80 is half the price, but bulky, though still compact in size. It still has that well-known Panasonic image quality.\r\n\r\nWe certainly recommend the Panasonic Lumix TZ200; it\u2019s performance speaks for itself. However, only experienced photographers will get their value out of it, specifically individuals that travel often.\r\nPanasonic Lumix TZ200 Wrap Up\r\nThe Panasonic Lumix TZ200\u2019s performance is second to none. We weren\u2019t surprised, considering this is Panasonic. It can take a beating thanks to a metal chassis, while still maintaining superb image and video quality. At the same time, it\u2019s compact and can fit in your pocket. Only experience photographers should handle the TZ200, however.