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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera

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14.1MP 20x CMOS Jul 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Powerful 20x Zoom. LEICA DC Lens Extending From A 24mm Ultra Wide-angle Setting This Pocket-sized Compact Camera Boasts A 20x Optical Zoom In Both Photo And Video Recording. The POWER O.I.S.... More
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Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this Panasonic digital camera a "Top 10" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, PC Advisor.co.uk and CNET.com.au this compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 74%.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people concluded that it had a good lens. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “That's an incredible range for a lens in a body that's just 1.1 inches thick”. Two customers who purchased the product wrote that it had a good zoom. Pc Mag rated the product 4 stars and said in their review “Long zoom lens”.

One customer who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 considered that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Very fast autofocus” in their review.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pcworld.in said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 “You'll find better overall image quality in other cameras.”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote four years ago “Add in good still image” in their review of this digital camera.

Four Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “3inch touchscreen LCD with 460 000 pixels, great outdoorlow light visibility”. Expert review site Pcworld.in mentioned “The ZS20's range of shooting options is second to none in”. Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The Lumix ZS20 is a top-tier travel camera, thanks to a far-reaching zoom lens, built-in GPS with mapping, extensive shooting options” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 review.

Two Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewers said that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag said “Good high ISO performance” and gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100. Some customers who purchased it considered that it was good in low light.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewer who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Etechreviews.com said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 four years ago “It is a successor to TZ10 and has new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor, which enables full 1080i”.

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Good Connectivity

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners concluded that the product had gps. Expert review site Pcmag.com gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and mentioned four years ago “The long-zooming camera does do well at higher ISO settings and features a GPS”. Pcmag.com also said “Has a built-in GPS”. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Builtin GPS with landmark database”.

Good Size

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Expert website Pcmag.com said in their review “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 squeezes a 20x zoom lens into its compact body” and scored this digital camera 70 out of 100. Pc Mag said four years ago “Megazoom range in a compact camera” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 “The DMC-ZS20 (also known as the TZ30 outside North America) is the latest travel-zoom compact camera from the company that practically invented the category”.

Nice Design

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 was good looking. Expert website Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a pretty remarkable point-and-shoot camera”. Pc Mag said on PC Mag four years ago “Packs a 20X Leica lens in a pretty compact package, "Power OIS" image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies”. Expert review site Dcresource.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 ($349) is a compact travel zoom camera with a pretty elaborate GPS setup” in their review of this digital camera.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owner who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was smooth. Pc Mag mentioned “Smooth 1080p video”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owner who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was a good design. Pc Mag said four years ago “The Panasonic Lumix DMCZ 20 has an excellent design and feature set, including an ultrawideangle 20x zoom lens” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

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Good Brand

Based on 7,428 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

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Good Video Capture

Four Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners who reviewed it said that it was good for video recording. Four years ago Pc Mag gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100 and said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 on PC Mag “Full HD video at up to 60p”. Digitalcamerareview.com said also four years ago “The ZS20 includes a built-in GPS functionality, full HD video in either AVCHD or MP4 formats along with automatic, scene” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

Good Support

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 had good technical guidance. Pc Mag gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned on PC Mag four years ago “Good collection of manual controls”. Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review “Full manual controls are also on board.” .

Good Technical Features

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owners said in their reviews that the product had good features. Expert website Pcworld.in wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 certainly doesn't skimp on features”.

Good Product Quality

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Pc Mag scored it 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 review on PC Mag four years ago “Manual shooting modes, as well as fast shooting performance and improved lowlight photo quality from previous versions”. Pc Mag also said “Good photo quality (though see below”. Pc Mag also said “Good image quality”.

Robust

One customer said in their reviews that it was well made. Four years ago Etechreviews.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 review “Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is the latest range topping travel zoom camera, featuring 16x 24-384mm lens, touchscreen LCD, built in GPS geotagging”.

Good Geotagging

One customer thought it had good geotagging.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owner who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 thought it was noisy. Pc Mag said “Low-contrast image areas are plagued by noise and noise suppression”.

Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of digital cameras of this spec and age is 1" and the largest is 4.8". At 3 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to 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 Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS20 do not support Full HD video.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 2x, the biggest is 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS20. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is more than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-ZS20. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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4320 X 2880 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a 4320 x 2880 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera also have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2304 x 2304, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2736 x 2736, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3232 x 3232, 3648 x 2056, 3648 x 2432 and 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Two Shooting Modes

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this Panasonic digital camera. The shooting modes Movie and Scene are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-ZS20 is 250mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 13mm to 1,800mm. At 480 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Extra / Smart Zoom

The extra / smart zooms of compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1.3x to 96x, and the average extra / smart zoom is 26x. The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly big extra / smart zoom (42.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS20.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Lumix DMC-ZS20 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS20.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (6,400) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-ZS20 the maximum ISO speeds range from 3 to 52,000.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At 15 seconds, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 13s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-ZS20 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Panasonic digital camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. 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). Cameras of this type and age video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-ZS20. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a better display than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The display of all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS20 ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum focal lengths of between 2.6mm and 290mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS20.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Slow internal battery charging system”.

Difficult to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 owner who reviewed it thought it was not easy to use. Pc Mag wrote four years ago “Control scheme can be confusing sometimes” but despite that they still gave it a score of 70 out of 100.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 does not support video recording. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS20 do support video recording.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-ZS20, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS20, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS20, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-ZS20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS20. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS20 have internal memory of between 8MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 350MB. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 12 megabytes) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-ZS20 over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a pretty standard weight (184 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-ZS20.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.1 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a pretty standard megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS20.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-ZS20 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
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
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
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
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other Features
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR

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Expert Reviews

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7 August 2012

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...

Long zoom lens
GPS
Good high ISO performance
1080 60 video capture
Megazoom range in a compact camera
Softer images
Slow to start and shoot
Noticeable barrel distortion at wide angle
Moderate but bright chromatic aberration
Low-contrast image areas are plagued by noise and noise suppression

The Panasonic ZS20 looks so much like any other pocket camera that you might walk right by it as it sits on the digicam shelf at your nearest Big Store. You'd never know it packs a 20x zoom with... Read more…

1 June 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a point-and-shoot which we most definitely recommend...

18 May 2012

For a pocketable camera, the 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is about as loaded as they come. The trait that will jump out at you - literally, if you're facing the pocket camera - is the... Read more…

18 May 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 certainly doesn't skimp on features, and it's designed with the demanding traveler in mind. You'll find better overall image quality in other cameras, but the ZS20's...

18 May 2012

For $350, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 certainly doesn't skimp on features, and it's designed with the demanding traveler in mind. You'll find better overall image quality in other cameras, but...

The Lumix ZS20 is a top-tier travel camera, thanks to a far-reaching zoom lens, built-in GPS with mapping, extensive shooting options, and good (but not great) image and video quality...

Pcworld.com_techhive.com

24 March 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is the latest range topping travel zoom camera, featuring 16x 24-384mm lens, touchscreen LCD, built in GPS geotagging and 3D Photo mode. It is a successor to TZ10 and has... Read more…

8 March 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's 20x zoom lens might be the main attraction, but the camera is all-around excellent...

26 February 2012

Conclusion The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a well-designed, easy-to-use travel zoom camera that stuffs a 20X Leica lens into a body just 1.1 inches thick. As with its predecessor (the ZS10), its...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers DMC-ZS20W, panasonic dmczs20, panasonic dmczs20k, panasonic dmczs20w
Barcodes 00700987516746, 00885170071094, 00885170071124, 05554442332205, 05554442451104, 07044447832728, 07337331775790
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