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Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera

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Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this camera a "Top 10" award.

Average Expert Reviews

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

Good Quality Lens

A number of Panasonic Lumix ZS20 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “That's an incredible range for a lens in a body that's just 1.1 inches thick” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 concluded that it had a good zoom. Pc Mag scored it 4 stars and said on PC Mag “Long zoom lens” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20. One customer who bought the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 “Very fast autofocus” and rated the product 70 out of 100.

One person reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people who purchased the product mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Pcworld.in mentioned four years ago “You'll find better overall image quality in other cameras.”. In the same month Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Add in good still image” and rated this digital camera 4 stars.

A number of people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag scored it 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “3inch touchscreen LCD with 460 000 pixels, great outdoorlow light visibility”. Pcworld.in wrote four years ago “The ZS20's range of shooting options is second to none in”. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com said “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 review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20.

Some Panasonic Lumix ZS20 reviewers reckoned that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Pc Mag wrote in their review on PC Mag “Good high ISO performance” and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100. A few customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light.

One Panasonic Lumix ZS20 owner concluded that the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 had a good image sensor. Etechreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “It is a successor to TZ10 and has new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor, which enables full 1080i” .

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Good Size

Seven people considered that it was compact. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 squeezes a 20x zoom lens into its compact body” in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review. Pc Mag rated the product 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 “Megazoom range in a compact camera”. Reviewed.com wrote “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” .

Good Connectivity

A number of people reckoned that the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 had gps. Four years ago expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “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 said in their review of this digital camera “Builtin GPS with landmark database” .

Nice Design

Several people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Cnet.com mentioned in their review on expert review site CNET.com four years ago “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a pretty remarkable point-and-shoot camera” and scored it 80 out of 100. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag also four years ago “Packs a 20X Leica lens in a pretty compact package, "Power OIS" image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies” in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review. Expert website Dcresource.com mentioned “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 ($349) is a compact travel zoom camera with a pretty elaborate GPS setup”.

One customer thought the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 was smooth. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Smooth 1080p video” in their review.

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “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 ZS20.

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Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact cameras produced by Panasonic have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Video Capture

Some Panasonic Lumix ZS20 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Pc Mag wrote “Full HD video at up to 60p” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review four years ago “The ZS20 includes a built-in GPS functionality, full HD video in either AVCHD or MP4 formats along with automatic, scene”.

Good Support

A number of Panasonic Lumix ZS20 reviewers said in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Pc Mag mentioned four years ago “Good collection of manual controls” and gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “Full manual controls are also on board.” in their review.

Good Technical Features

Several Panasonic Lumix ZS20 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 certainly doesn't skimp on features”.

Good Product Quality

A number of Panasonic Lumix ZS20 owners who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Pc Mag said four years ago “Manual shooting modes, as well as fast shooting performance and improved lowlight photo quality from previous versions” in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars. Pc Mag also said “Good photo quality (though see below”. Pc Mag also wrote “Good image quality”.

Robust

One customer concluded that the product was well made. Expert website Etechreviews.com mentioned four years ago “Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is the latest range topping travel zoom camera, featuring 16x 24-384mm lens, touchscreen LCD, built in GPS geotagging” in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review.

Good Geotagging

One person considered that it had good geotagging.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who bought the product considered that it was noisy. Pc Mag gave the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned on PC Mag “Low-contrast image areas are plagued by noise and noise suppression”.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Lumix ZS20 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix ZS20 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix ZS20 do not support Full HD video.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been available for a similar time 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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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Lumix ZS20 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Compact cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix ZS20 have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix ZS20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix ZS20.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20, the Lumix ZS20 has a built-in flash.

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Features Six Flash Modess

The Lumix ZS20 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has Five White Balances

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

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Lumix ZS20 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of this spec and age. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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4320 X 2880 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix ZS20 has a 4320 x 2880 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this spec and age. Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s 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. Comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this camera. The shooting modess Movie and Scene are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Fairly Big Extra/Smart Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a quite big extra/Smart zoom (42.2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix ZS20. Cameras of this type and age have extra/Smart zooms of between 1.3x and 96x.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Lumix ZS20 has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (480 millimeters) amongst compact cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and type is 18mm and the longest is 1,000mm.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

At 6,400, the Lumix ZS20 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix ZS20 is 3 and the highest is 26,000.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Lumix ZS20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix ZS20. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions 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). Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix ZS20 the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Lumix ZS20 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed (15 seconds) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix ZS20 is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s.

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TFT Display

The Lumix ZS20 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most digital cameras that are a similar age to it 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. Across all digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix ZS20 the display ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 5mm, the longest is 39mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Pc Mag wrote in their review on PC Mag “Slow internal battery charging system”.

Difficult to Use

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was not easy to use. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Control scheme can be confusing sometimes”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix ZS20 do not support video capability. The Lumix ZS20 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Lumix ZS20 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix ZS20 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix ZS20 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix ZS20 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix ZS20, the Lumix ZS20 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix ZS20 range from 1x to 810x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix ZS20 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix ZS20.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix ZS20 have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB. At only 12 megabytes, the Lumix ZS20 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this age and type is 10 and the biggest is 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100, the Lumix ZS20 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix ZS20.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Weight

With a weight of 184 grams, the Lumix ZS20 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14.1 megapixels, the Lumix ZS20 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
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)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
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
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
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
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed
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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