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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a lightweight and compact superzoom point-and-shoot camera with a 20X optical zoom plus optical image stabilization to prevent blur. It takes both still pictures and 720p full-HD video, and offers automatic, semi-manual and manual shooting modes.

The DMC-ZS20 has a built-in GPS, but without the automatic log listing which images were taken where that is available on some competing cameras. The DMC-ZS20 has a somewhat limited touch-screen that responds to finger taps and dragging, but only for a few operations. The lithium-ion battery pack recharges only when it is inside the camera.

Prices

(Prices as of 11/25/2012)
DMC-ZS20   Source
$350MSRP
$249Amazon
$249B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)
$269Abe's of Maine (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$45 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 2.32"
Width: 4.13"
Depth: 1.11"
Weight7.2 oz.
ColorsBlack, red, silver, white
Included in BoxBattery pack, AC adaptor, USB cable, hand strap, software (Lumix Map Tool, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.1 Premium Edition, Adobe Reader)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels14.1 MP
Sensor1/2-3" CCD sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
ViewfinderNone
Monitor3" TFT touch screen LCD display (460k dots)
Video1080p, 60 frames per second HD video recording, about 30-70 minutes; zoom during video
FlashBuilt-in flash
ZoomZoom 20X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom; 40X Intelligent zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 4.3mm-86mm (film equivalent 24mm-480mm)
Aperture: f/3.3-f/6.4
Shutter speed: about 15 seconds to 1/2000th of a second
ISO: Auto, 100-6400
Manual SettingsProgram, aperture priority AE, shutter priority, manual
Continuous ShootingA speed of up to 10 frames per second for a maximum of 10 images
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, about 260 frames per charge
Other FeaturesGPS
About 12MB built-in memory
Optical image stabilization (to prevent blur)
18 scene modes (portrait, scenery, sports, etc.)
Digital red-eye removal
Self-timer delay 2 seconds or 10 seconds
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at Shop.Panasonic.com.

What People Are Saying:

Critics like the features on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, but not the image quality, performance speed or battery life. Consumer Reports recommends this camera, rating it very good for image quality, flash photos and ease of use. User reviews are primarily positive, with most saying it is easy to use and praising its full range of features and outdoor image quality; complaints typically center on poor image quality, and that Panasonic did not fulfill the warranty when the camera stopped working.
  • CNET: "The Good: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has an excellent design and feature set, including an ultrawide-angle 20x zoom lens, GPS, and semi-manual and manual shooting modes, as well as fast shooting performance and improved low-light photo quality from previous versions. The bad: Using all of the ZS20's high-performance features, such as its near-pointless touch screen, can really cut into battery life. Also, photos are noisy and soft when viewed at 100 percent."
  • PC Mag: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 squeezes a 20x zoom lens into its compact body. It isn't the fastest camera, and the lens lags behind the competition in sharpness, but it does well at higher ISOs and has a built-in GPS."
  • Imaging-Resource.com: "Though it has an impressive set of features and a presumably decent 20x zoom lens, the Panasonic ZS20 again disappoints in the image quality department. It's better than its predecessor, but not by enough."