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Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera

$479.97
Compact Camera 14.1MP 20x Jul 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Unacceptable noise level
Battery charges in camera
19 Reviews + 1 Award
pcworld.com_techhive.com Top 10
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that this Panasonic digital camera was good. Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this camera a "Top 10" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, PC Mag and CNET.com.au this medium megapixel camera has an overall expert rating of 74%.

Panasonic Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 8,853 expert and owner reviews (including 765 verified purchases), Panasonic has good ratings for its cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 96% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Robust

One owner who bought this digital camera said that it was well made. Etechreviews.com mentioned “Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is the latest range topping travel zoom camera, featuring 16x 24-384mm lens, touchscreen LCD, built in GPS geotagging” and rated the product 5 stars.

Smooth 1080p Video

Three people who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 reckoned that it was good looking. Cnet.com said “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a pretty remarkable point-and-shoot camera” and scored it 7 stars. Expert website 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 and rated it 6 stars.

One owner mentioned that it was smooth. Pc Mag said five years ago “Smooth 1080p video”. One owner who bought this digital camera considered that it was well designed. Five years ago Cnet.com said “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-Z 20 has an excellent design and feature set, including an ultrawide-angle 20x zoom lens”.

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Good Image Quality

Five owners thought the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 was good quality. Pc Mag mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review on PC Mag “Good photo quality (though see below” however despite that they only scored it 18.2 out of 100. Pc Mag also wrote “Semimanual and manual shooting modes, as well as fast shooting performance and improved lowlight photo quality from previous versions” in their review. Pc Mag also wrote “Good image quality” in their review.

Control Scheme Can Be Confusing Sometimes

One person considered that it was not easy to use. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Control scheme can be confusing sometimes”.


Good Geotagging

One customer who reviewed the product said that it had good geotagging.

Smooth 1080p Video

Five owners said in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Pc Mag said “Full HD video at up to 60p”. Pc Mag also mentioned “1080 60 video capture” in their review. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote five 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 this digital camera.

Long Zoom Lens

Six people wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Five years ago Pc Mag said “El zoom en el lente” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20. Pc Mag also mentioned “Long zoom lens” in their review. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com rated this digital camera 6 stars and 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 Panasonic Lumix ZS20 review.

Four owners who reviewed it thought it had a good lens. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “20Xopticalzoom lens 24mm to 480mm” yet they only rated it 1 stars. Cnet.com scored it 6 stars and wrote “That's an incredible range for a lens in a body that's just 1.1 inches thick”.

One customer thought this digital camera had a good autofocus. Pc Mag said five years ago “Very fast autofocus” yet they only scored this digital camera 1 stars.

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Manual Controls and Wide Range of Shooting Modes

Five customers wrote in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Digitalcamerareview.com said “Add in good still image” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20. Pcworld.in rated it 5 stars and wrote five years ago “You'll find better overall image quality in other cameras.”.

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “3inch touchscreen LCD with 460 000 pixels, great outdoorlow light visibility” but they gave the product a score of 18.2 out of 100. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The ZS20's range of shooting options is second to none in its class”.

Two people said in their reviews that it was good in low light.

Two people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good high ISO performance” yet they only scored this digital camera 1 stars. Pcmag.com wrote “It does well at higher ISOs and has a built-in GPS” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Etechreviews.com said “It is a successor to TZ10 and has new 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor, which enables full 1080i”.

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Flash is Too Close to the Grip

One customer who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it did not have a good flash. Five years ago Pc Mag said “Flash is too close to the grip” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Megazoom Range in a Compact Camera

Eight people who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Packs a 20X Leica lens in a pretty compact package, "Power OIS" image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies” however despite that they gave this digital camera a rating of 1 stars. Pc Mag also said “Megazoom range in a compact camera” in their review. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Unlike a lot of compact digicams” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Average Weight

With a weight of 184 grams, the Lumix ZS20 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 had good features. Pcworld.in wrote “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 certainly doesn't skimp on features” but they only scored the product 3 stars.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras of this age and type is 2", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Lumix ZS20 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Lumix ZS20 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix ZS20 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Lumix ZS20 has a maximum video resolution of 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

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 common video resolution supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Panasonic camera 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 comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. At 20 times zoom factor, the Lumix ZS20 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. The Lumix ZS20 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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4320 X 2880 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix ZS20 has a 4320 x 2880 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this spec and age. Most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(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 digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Lumix ZS20 has a higher image resolution than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Panasonic camera has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of this age and spec have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 4288 x 3216 pixels and the best is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix ZS20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Lumix ZS20 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Lumix ZS20 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Smart TV

Incamera GPS

Ten customers who bought it concluded that it had gps. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 on PC Mag “Incamera GPS”. Pc Mag also wrote “Builtin GPS with landmark database” in their review. Pc Mag also wrote “Tiene GPS para etiquetar las imgenes” in their review.


Audio

Also, Photos Are Noisy and Soft When Viewed At 100 Percent

Three owners who reviewed it agreed that it was noisy. Five years ago Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “Also, photos are noisy and soft when viewed at 100 percent”. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “While improved over the Z 10, photos still have too much noise, even at ISO 100” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also said “Low-contrast image areas are plagued by noise and noise suppression” in their review.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Lumix ZS20 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Three owners who reviewed it agreed that it was noisy. Five years ago Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “Also, photos are noisy and soft when viewed at 100 percent”. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “While improved over the Z 10, photos still have too much noise, even at ISO 100” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also said “Low-contrast image areas are plagued by noise and noise suppression” in their review.


Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Lumix ZS20 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Features Calendar

The Lumix ZS20 features calendar, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Lumix ZS20 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also feature histogram.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera, the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Lumix ZS20 has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Lumix ZS20 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support PictBridge.

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Support

Manual Controls

Seven people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Manual controls”. Pc Mag also mentioned “Touchscreen controls help in darkness” in their review.


Power

Battery Charges in Camera

Three customers who purchased the product thought it did not have a good battery life. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “Using all of the Z 20's high-performance features, such as its near-pointless touch screen, can really cut into battery life”. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 five years ago “Battery charges in camera”. Pc Mag also mentioned “Slow internal battery charging system” in their review.


Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 12 megabytes, the Lumix ZS20 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. The smallest internal memory of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 8MB and the biggest is 8GB.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the Lumix ZS20.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmczs20w, panasonic w20x
Barcodes 00700987516746, 00885170071094, 00885170071124

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