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Panasonic DMC-FT20
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Panasonic DMC-FT20 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x CMOS Feb 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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

Robust

Several Panasonic DMC-FT20 reviewers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expert website Cnet.com.au said four years ago “It's a perfectly serviceable tough camera that can easily slide into a pocket” however despite that they scored the product 3 stars. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews “Rugged, waterproof cameras aren't just for water-sports enthusiasts” in their review of this digital camera. Buy-N-Shoot.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix FT20 falls straight into the quickly growing tough compact camera category” in their review.

A number of Panasonic DMC-FT20 owners considered that the Panasonic DMC-FT20 was good at resisting water ingress. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus four years ago “Panasonic has updated its waterproof compact with an FT4 that looks a l”. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk said “It is waterproof to depths of 5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Good Size

A number of customers who reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FT20 agreed that it was compact.

One Panasonic DMC-FT20 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was thin. Four years ago expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “First up, you'll notice how slim this camera is; at just under 2cm deep”.

One person thought the Panasonic DMC-FT20 was a good body shape. Expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com said “It handles 'though' conditions with its solidly constructed body and will work in conditions other cameras will not” in their review of this digital camera.

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Panasonic Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 4,743 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Panasonic DMC-FT20 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. One Panasonic DMC-FT20 owner who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Cameras.co.uk said four years ago “The Lumix DMC FT20 also has 16 megapixels” in their review.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic DMC-FT20 owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Ephotozine “This combined with bright colourful images and an easy to use camera make it a good option”.

Good Technical Features

One person reckoned that this digital camera had good features. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “The big attractions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC FT20 are its robust features” in their review.

Good Video Capture

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Expert website Cnet.co.uk wrote in their review “You can't fault the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20's rugged build quality”. Four years ago expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com rated it 80 out of 100 and said “The image quality is ok the”.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. 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 Capability

supports video capability

The DMC-FT20 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type do not support video capability.

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Quite High Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of this type and age is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP. The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a quite high megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-FT20.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-FT20, the Panasonic DMC-FT20 has an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-FT20.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DMC-FT20 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The DMC-FT20 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-FT20. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-FT20 has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolution(s)s of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT20 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 70 megabytes, the Panasonic DMC-FT20 has one of the bigger internal memorys amongst digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this type and age have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-FT20 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800. The DMC-FT20 has one of the higher ISO sensitivity (max)s (6,400) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which 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 digital cameras that have been available for more than two years 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 digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-FT20. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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22 Reasons Against

Poor Design

One Panasonic DMC-FT20 owner concluded that it was not rough.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The DMC-FT20 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DMC-FT20 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DMC-FT20 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-FT20 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8". The DMC-FT20 has a quite small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-FT20 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The DMC-FT20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The DMC-FT20 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Panasonic DMC-FT20 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"".

A 1/2.33"" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best optical sensor size is 2/3"".

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-FT20 is 1x and the biggest is 810x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT20 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-FT20. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

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

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-FT20 is 15fps, the highest is 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 33fps. At only 25 frames per second, the DMC-FT20 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-FT20.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-FT20. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 100 millimeters, the Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT20. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of cameras of this spec and age range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT20 the playback zoom (max)s range from 1x to 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9.3x. The DMC-FT20 has a fairly low playback zoom (max) (only 8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT20.

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Very Small Extra/Smart Zoom

The average extra/Smart zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 27x. With an extra/Smart zoom of only 9 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-FT20 has a fairly small extra/Smart zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-FT20.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the DMC-FT20 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolution (numeric)s of between 230 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 87. The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 5.7) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The DMC-FT20 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-FT20. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the cameras that came out more than two years ago the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 10 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94. The Panasonic DMC-FT20 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (100) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 3.9, the DMC-FT20 has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-FT20. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT20

Released Over Five Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

MOS Sensor Type

The DMC-FT20 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of this age and type.

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Average Weight

The DMC-FT20 has a pretty typical weight (123 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Batteries Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

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

Brochures and Manuals

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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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