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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Digital Camera

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16.1MP 4x CCD Mar 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Featuring a flat and slim profile, the DMC-FT20 is waterproof to 5m (16ft), shockproof to 1.5m (5ft), freezeproof to -10 degrees C (14 degree F) and dustproof. A casual, stylish look with a... More
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22 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Gold" award by Buy-n-shoot.com who said that this Panasonic camera was outstanding.

Robust

A number of customers considered that the product was strong and durable. Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review on expert review site CNET.co.uk “You can't fault the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20's rugged build quality” but they only scored it 50 out of 100. Cnet.com.au wrote on expert review site CNET.com.au “It's a perfectly serviceable tough camera that can easily slide into a pocket” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 3 stars. Expertreviews.co.uk scored it 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Expert Reviews “Rugged, waterproof cameras aren't just for water-sports enthusiasts”.

A few people who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 said that it was good at resisting water ingress. Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus “Panasonic has updated its waterproof compact with an FT4 that looks a l” but they gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars. Expert website Cameras.co.uk wrote “It is waterproof to depths of 5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade”.

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Good Size

Several customers who bought the product reckoned that it was compact. Four years ago Buy-N-Shoot.com mentioned “The Panasonic Lumix FT20 falls straight into the quickly growing tough compact camera category” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 owner reckoned that it was thin. Expert review site Cnet.com.au mentioned “First up, you'll notice how slim this camera is; at just under 2cm deep” although they gave it a score of 3 stars.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Buy-N-Shoot.com mentioned “It handles 'though' conditions with its solidly constructed body and will work in conditions other cameras will not”.

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Good Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic digital cameras and also specifically for Panasonic compact camera digital cameras and found that in both cases Panasonic had good reviews compared to other brands.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 owners concluded that it was able to produce good images. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 reviewer who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk wrote in their review “The Lumix DMC FT20 also has 16 megapixels” .

Easy to Use

One customer said in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 was easy to use. Four years ago Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “This combined with bright colourful images and an easy to use camera make it a good option” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 review.

Good Technical Features

One customer reckoned that it had good features. Cameras.co.uk said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 “The big attractions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FT20 are its robust features”.

Good Video Capture

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 owner wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

Some customers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago Buy-N-Shoot.com said “The image quality is ok the”.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Lumix DMC-FT20 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT20 also support video recording.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT20 also have a built-in flash.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT20 ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 70 megabytes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The smallest internal memory of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 1MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 330MB.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Panasonic camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Thin

The average depth of digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 38mm, and the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm. The Lumix DMC-FT20 is fairly thin (only 19.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT20.

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23 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Ten experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus have rated this Panasonic digital camera on average 67%.

Poor Design

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was not rough.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 2.7x, the biggest is 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x. With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FT20 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT20 do not support Full HD video. The Lumix DMC-FT20 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.7 inches) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this spec and age have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8".

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT20, the Lumix DMC-FT20 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT20 are not 3D compatible. The Lumix DMC-FT20 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lumix DMC-FT20 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT20 also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are not waterproof. The Lumix DMC-FT20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" digital camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/2.5"" to 2/3"".

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Cameras of this type and age have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FT20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this spec and age. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 15fps, the highest is 240fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 32fps.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 680 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The average battery capacity of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 850mAh, and the battery capacities range from 170mAh to 2,000mAh.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Across all the cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT20 the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a quite short maximum focal length (only 100 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT20.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

At only 8 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly low maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20. The average maximum playback zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 8.8x, and the maximum playback zooms range from 1x to 16x.

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Very Small Extra / Smart Zoom

At only 9 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a quite small extra / smart zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have extra / smart zooms of between 1.3x and 96x, and the average extra / smart zoom is 26x.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of digital cameras of this age and type is 400,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Lumix DMC-FT20 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT20.

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Only Has Four Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-FT20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT20. The playback modes "Single image", "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

At only 5.7, the Lumix DMC-FT20 has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20. The biggest maximum aperture of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 1.8 and the smallest is 87.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (100) amongst cameras of this age. The minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 10 to 1,600, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of 3.9, the Lumix DMC-FT20 has a quite large minimum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average minimum aperture of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20 is 3.2, and the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Panasonic camera was released over four years ago.

Average Megapixel Count

The Lumix DMC-FT20 has a fairly typical megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 123 grams, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT20.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Weight
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Special Features

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Expert Reviews

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18 September 2012

The Panasonic Lumix FT20 is a low-cost waterproof compact that does what it needs to do?just like competitor models, in fact. It'll be fine for users on a budget looking for a high-resistance...

6 September 2012

The Lumix FT20 cannot be faulted for doing what it was designed to, it handles 'though' conditions with its solidly constructed body and will work in conditions other cameras will not and should...

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9 August 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 is an affordable rugged compact camera that would be a perfect fit for the rough and tumble of family life, if it wasn't for its disappointingly poor image quality.It...

1 July 2012

The big attractions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FT20 are its robust features. It is waterproof to depths of 5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade and shockproof against... Read more…

14 June 2012

While the FT20 is nothing to write home about, it's a perfectly serviceable tough camera that can easily slide into a pocket...

26 May 2012

The Panasonic Lumix FT20 offers excellent value for money as one of the cheapest waterproof cameras available rated at depths up to 5 metres. This combined with bright colourful images and an easy...

12 April 2012

A keenly priced rugged, waterproof camera that takes respectable photos and videos...

21 March 2012

You can't fault the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20's rugged build quality. It's perfect if you need a go-anywhere pocket camera that you won't fear bashing around or getting wet. However, if picture...

21 August 2012

Ce petit baroudeur fait ce qu'on lui demande, comme ses concurrents d'ailleurs. Il satisfera les petits budgets à la recherche d'un appareil de vacances, mais il ne faudra pas espérer des...

26 October 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 ma swoje wady: przeszkadza zw?aszcza wysoki poziom szumu i niska rozdzielczo?? wy?wietlacza. Z drugiej strony, aparat jest wodoszczelny i dost?pny w atrakcyjnej cenie....

Tough and resistant (waterproof, shockproof)
Good build
Nice interface
Robustfeatures
Slimline design
TN screen
Lens quality (consistency over the frame)
Sensitivity isn't great
Noise and smoothing kick in at 200 ISO
Sound quality in video mode
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcft20egk, 5025232661190, 5025232661183, 5025232661206, 5025232661213, panasonic dmcft20, panasonic dmcft20e, panasonic dmcft20eb, panasonic dmcft20ebk, panasonic dmcft20ebr, panasonic dmcft20eba, panasonic dmcft20ebd
Barcodes 05025232661145, 05025232661152, 05025232661169, 05025232661176, 05025232661183, 05025232661190, 05025232661206, 05025232661213, 05025232661220, 05025232661237
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