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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Red)

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  • 14.1-Megapixel High-Resolution CCD: The DMC-FH20 features a 1/2.33" CCD with effective 14.1-megapixel high-resolution.
  • 2.7" 230,000-Dot High-Resolution LCD: The DMC- FH20 features a 2.7" 230,000-dot high-resolution Intelligent LCD and High-angle Mode.
  • 28mm Wide-Angle 8x Optical Zoom Lens in a Compact Body: The DMC-FH20 features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high-quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens
  • Up to 16.9x Extra Optical Zoom: The Extra Optical Zoom uses the center of the CCD to further extend the powerful 8x optical zoom
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FH20 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second for auto focusing.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-FH20R
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 8 x
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00395WI58
  • Item model number: DMC-FH20R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,664 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

This Stylish Compact Does It All from Wide-angle to Zooming

28mm Wide-angle Lens
The 28mm wide-angle lens* lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.
Powerful 8x Optical Zoom
The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode by simply pressing the dedicated button and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. 4 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time.

HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG Format)
The DMC-FH20) can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FH20 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).

Extended Battery Life
The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH20. This lets users take approx. 300 shots on a single battery charge*.
* Based on the CIPA standard.

Product Description

Panasonic DMC-FH20 Digital Camera Features

The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

28mm Wide-angle Lens
The 28mm wide-angle lens* lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

Powerful 8x Optical Zoom
The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode by simply pressing the dedicated button and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. 4 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time.

HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG Format)
The DMC-FH20) can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FH20 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps)


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because you cannot take…However, with that said, the quality of pictures is wonderful, the ease of use is wonderful. Read more ›
I bought this camera a year ago as a gift for my loved one and she absolutely loves it. The picture quality is great. I was skeptical about the "user-friendliness" of the… Read more ›
I am also a landscape pastel painter and am getting incredible nature shots. The colors are true and closeups and wide angle shots are high resolution with little effort. I'… Read more ›
This is an average camera. The picture quality is good if you are taking a picture of something that is completely still. Anything else is going to be blurry. Read more ›
I was toying with the idea of getting another Canon camera but I liked the…Pictures are so clear, no red eye, I am older and shake a bit and this camera allows for that. Read more ›
I have to say I am extremely pleased with my purchase. Its compact, very easy to use and picture quality is great. I have not had the opportunity to use the video mode yet… Read more ›
This is ok for a point and shoot. Easy to use. Lousy for anything further away than a few feet, even using the zoom. Read more ›
I find myself reaching for a dead camera often. But the picture quality is great, and it's easy to use. Read more ›
Easy to use, versatile. It's been over a year and I am as happy about this purchase as day one. Read more ›
I have been really pleased with it in that the pictures are not of the very…The camera is simple to operate and overall is very exceptional for a rather inexpensive camera. Read more ›
The camera is compact and easy to use. I carry it in a small case that fits on my belt so that it is easily accessible. Read more ›
I love this camera. It is very simple to use, and takes great pictures. I am a part-time photographer, and have professional equipment; but who wants to drag that around… Read more ›
It takes sharp pictures even in low light. Intelligent Auto mode is great in addition to the many settings to be creative in the the other auto and manual modes. I am very… Read more ›
I've really enjoyed using my camera for everyday photos and…The menu functions are really easy to navigate through, and the external buttons are simple and straightforward. Read more ›
Great point and shoot camera-- loaded with features and really simple menus to make the whole seem greater than the some of its parts. This is my second Panasonic camera. Read more ›
I've owned cameras that were twice and three times as much as I paid for this one and this camera still has them beat with it's easy to use features and best of all the… Read more ›
They all seem to have a yellow tinge to them and aren't ver…It could very well be a setting or something I'm not doing right but I haven't been able to figure it out...yet. Read more ›
My previous camera was a Cannon, and I did not find there was any learning curve in adapting to a different menu set-up. I love the quick menu- it is incredibly convenient. 3… Read more ›
The LCD screen is large and makes it easy to see what you're taking a picture of. The zoom in-zoom out is simple to navigate. I know you can put the camera on different… Read more ›
I just keep it in my pocket and bring it out and quickly take pictures. The digital zoom also works really well and can create some interesting effects. I don't give out a… Read more ›
I have an extremely shaky hand, and this takes the clearest pictures. And close ups with Macro zoom are incredible. I had fun taking pictures of flowers, praying mantis,… Read more ›
The pictures come out very nice. The large zoom is great, although a stand may help once reaching maximum zooming. There are plenty of configurations to pick from, but the… Read more ›
I wanted a new camera for a wedding and graduations and this camera caught my…This zoom is amazing, the scene modes give the user many options, from beach to snow. The… Read more ›
Focusing time is short, but you have to let the camera focus before pressing all…Zoom is great for such a small package, but image stabilization is a must without tripod. Read more ›
I'm not a photographer so I can't give a true review. But for the price this seems to be a nice camera and video recorder. It's not to small but still small enough to carry… Read more ›
I am very happy with this camera and the price was great as well. Read more ›
This is just great camera. Easy to use, a good price and very handy to have at any time.. I bought it for me and I use it all the time. Read more ›
I was snapping pictures in about 2 minutes. Fun, easy to use, great picture quality, and a great price, just over a hundred bucks. Read more ›
Since I am not a serious photographer, just a Grandma taking pix of the grandkids, this is the camera for me. Purchase at a good price from Amazon. I have owned Olympus… Read more ›
It is easy to use and great pictures. I would say a great price for such a camera. This camera is also good for traveling because of its size it is smaller than i expected… Read more ›
The pictures are great. The battery life is great. It is light. Read more ›
Clearly the battery is…In either case the battery is not functioning after just one use--admittedly a very long use from Xmas 2010 until June of 2011 on a single charge. Read more ›
Bought Wasabi Power Batter & Charger Kit to…Battery life is good, but not fantastic - pretty much the same as any other point & shoot I have owned (Sony, Nikon, Pentax). Read more ›
My wallet is bigget than this little gizmo. The battery life is good, but I bought an extra just in case. I haven't had to change it out while using it yet, so far so good. Read more ›
It's just disappointing. However, the battery life was awesome! It lasted all day and then we switched out late at night with the backup battery I purchased. Read more ›
The batteries are…The battery door seemed unfamiliar at first, but the logic behind being able to quickly access the SD card without disrupting the battery is great. My… Read more ›
no issues with anything on it. video is decent with reasonable audio although picture quality does suffer when using the zoom feature. Read more ›
I haven't taken too many pictures and am looking forward to using the camera a lot more. The zoom is great and the recording was fantastic. Couldn't believe I could take… Read more ›
Lots of good shooting modes, so you will always have the right shot for any situation. HD video is a cool feature. Keep in mind those files are HUGE, so be careful if you… Read more ›
It is more than pressing the shutter release to take a picture; Photograhy is all about lighting. A camera that can take Hd video is great. Still the same point, it can… Read more ›
Haven't bought a camera in a few years but everything seems to work as described. The HD video is great! It looks better than my current Mini-DV video camera. Read more ›
-Large LCD screen, easy to use buttons. -Very, very nice HD video quality. The sound quality is surprisingly good too. Read more ›
It's wonderful to carry this in my pockets (jeans and cargo types), take photos, see right away if they're worth keeping, and then go home and print just the ones I like,… Read more ›
The image stabilization is phenomenal, the macro works beautifully, the color renditions are superb, and I was delighted to learn that I could actually INCREASE the optical… Read more ›
The battery in this camera is awesome and lasts forever (well, you do have to charge it). The picutres I've taken so far are crip, sharp and the colors are true. Love the… Read more ›
Wanted small camera with great zoom and this one is perfect for me. Love the red color so I can find it inside my purse. Good job Panasonic! Read more ›
Not rapid fire. One pic would look like the correct color on the LCD screen and the next would be markedly orange-ish. In one group shot of four adults, the first shot was… Read more ›
I have now gone back and…I was just ready to try something new and liked the red color, it is not enough reason to keep a camera that does not take good family pictures. Read more ›
I couldn't believe it. The size is great, ease of use is beyond belief. I'm an artist and use my camera to take pictures of lighthouses, old barns and interesting buildings. Read more ›
This camera is Easy to use..it takes great pictures...and it is a nice, compact size...I especially like the large viewer screen Read more ›
Besides being a fun color, it is absolutely perfect! Great small size with a great zoom. It's very clear and sturdy and has nice features. Read more ›
As a person always on the go, this is the perfect sized camera to carry around in my coat pocket, bag or clipped (in its case) to my jeans. I took this camera with me when… Read more ›
I will adjust for close up, low light, various focus points, various exposure points, and pretty much…Picture quality is very good; battery life good, movie size adequate. Read more ›
I bought this camera as I wanted a small, easy to use digital camera to carry in my purse. This camera is a perfect size - small, but does not feel cheap. The first time I… Read more ›
The…The flash seems intelligent enough to adjust as needed for various lighting conditions, the shutter speed is fast enough for what I do, and the battery life is great! Read more ›
Also this camera is in no way bulky. * the shutter speed is GREAT! I am loving not having to wait forever to take multiple shots in a row like Cannon and Olympus cameras. Read more ›
* I love the option of multi delete... very convenient when it takes 10 photos in a row to get one good photo of my kids with eyes open and…* The shutter speed is GREAT. Read more ›
I did not want to have to wait to take the next picture. Speed is great and the clarity of the pictures is also great. There are a few things that would make it better such… Read more ›
Love the 8x zoom Really nice fast shooting speed. Size and price. Read more ›
Would also though highly…For me the deciding factor was the faster shooting speed and great zoom the Lumix offered (though really liked that panoramic feature on the Sony!) Read more ›
I bought it because of the great reviews but it didn't take great pictures like…Outside pictures were good but inside the shots were grainy or the flash was too bright. I… Read more ›
Not to heavy, and not to light. * Flash works great even at long distant shots * I like the placement of the flash, buttons, zoom and all. Read more ›
The Cons: * The flash is good but there is some room for improvement. Some photos come out a little dark if the object is more than 4 feet away in a very dark room. Read more ›
And of course they would always move so the picture…With the Panasonic Lumix on pet setting there is no bright flash, so my dogs don't close their eyes, and no red eye. A… Read more ›
I wanted to keep it, but I decided on the ZS7 instead (it did not push red color). This camera could use a little stronger flash as well. Read more ›
It takes excellent quality pictures, has a great zoom, is very portable, and is quite user-friendly. Also, the display is excellent and the battery lasts pretty long. I… Read more ›
I knew it'd be small, but I couldn't believe how much smaller it is than the Kodak. The display is extremely sharp, and the camera is very easy to use. Just a few buttons… Read more ›
Very happy with Amazon. This camera has a user friendly menu,- nice lcd screen that is very clear and bright. So far we have no complaints of any sort. Read more ›
I purchased this camera about 4 months ago and it's been working beautifully! Nice size display for viewing pictures. It's very easy to use w/ the auto intelligence. Read more ›
Just bought this camera before my trip to Turkey. Easy instructions...love the on screen menu. Great picture quality.. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

191 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2010
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Purchased camera for an upcoming trip. Wanted a point and shoot that was pocket sized and took good pictures. I was going to get a Canon Powershot but then started looking at Panasonic. I feel like I got more for my money. Maybe because Panasonic is not yet a household name in cameras. A few clicks online will reveal they are "joined at the hips" with Leica.

Using the iA mode delivered great pictures everytime. Did not take a bad picture yet, the smarts built-in really work! Focusing time is short, but you have to let the camera focus before pressing all the way. Zoom is great for such a small package, but image stabilization is a must without tripod. Also has wide angle lens which is a plus, not readily available in competing models. Have not played with any of the scene modes, I let iA handle that. And when I'll need the manual modes, I'll be reaching for the dSLR where I can play with buttons.

Played briefly with the video mode and was happily surprised. It is not a camcorder replacement, but it is better than expected. Sreen is large and bright under all experienced conditions so far. It does have a mode that adjusts LCD brightness to ambient light automatically. I do miss the viewfinder but I would trade a bigger LCD for a poor viewfinder anytime. Great point and shoot camera so far, good optics, it does what it should. Will probably look for a second battery soon, but I am a little confused at moment on which one to buy.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Mountainman on July 4, 2010
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First off. I'm not a professional photographer. I'm an average joe that loves to take pictures.Before I left on my trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming I knew I wanted a point and shoot camera. So, being a Nikon man, I looked at the Coolpix but when I started reading all of the great reviews on the FH20, I decided to give it a shot. The battery life, the 8x optical zoom, intelligent auto, 14 megapixel all make this camera remarkable. But it's the ease of use (I never opened the manual) and the fact that there is abosolutely no shutter delay.I shot with this camera 10 to 12 hours per day and still had juice left at the end of the day. To give it to you in a nutshell.This little camera that I carried around in the front pocket of my trek pants for 6 days, packs one hellava wallup!!!...Panasonic has done it!! And the FH20 is by far top of the line in point and shoot. I'm completely sold. Get this camera and I promise you will come back here and rave about it!! I just wish that I could somehow attach a couple of pics that I shot with this camera so as to show you just how stunning your pics will be.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By WayfarerK on September 2, 2010
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There are a lot of good things about this litte camera.
1. It's little. I purchased this for a hiking trip to California, so I needed it to be easily stowable. It is.
2. Ease of use. My previous camera was a Cannon, and I did not find there was any learning curve in adapting to a different menu set-up. I love the quick menu- it is incredibly convenient.
3. Ability to switch between file sizes easily. All on the quick menu.
4. Very good picture quality. I've been spoiled by Cannon, but Panasonic did OK.

My biggest complaint: the zoom. I wanted to upgrade my zoom from the 4x I had on my Cannon to something with a little more...Ooomph. I figured the 8x would be great. Except for the fact that this camera can't seem to be able to focus between 3x and 6x. If I'm set to one extreme or the other (either zoomed all the way back or all the way in), it's fine. But as I zoom in the camera can't seem to find a spot to focus on. I've tried pushing down the button slightly, getting the zoom box and trying to show the camera where I wanted it to focus on, but that doesn't work either. I've tried other cameras with high zoom and have not run into the same issue. As the camera zooms, the focus stays true. The FH20 starts off focused, gets blurry, and then focuses again. Pretty disappointing performance when you're trying to shoot landscapes, and everything seems to be in that middle range.

All in all this camera was an OK purchase. I like the burst shooting and the video recording, although I think it would have been better to add the video feature to the quick menu.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Doris C. Moran on May 12, 2010
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I've used a Canon for many years, recently bought the ultra compact Canon SP790IS. My original Canon was slowly giving out. Did research and checked out the FH1,FH3, FP8 and the FH20 along with the Canon 790. Received this camera several days ago, this FH20 rocks. Pictures are really very, very good. I couldn't believe it. The size is great, ease of use is beyond belief. I'm an artist and use my camera to take pictures of lighthouses, old barns and interesting buildings. This camera gives me what I'm looking for and more. So glad I took the plunge. As the first reviewer said she read a test of the FH20 by a pro photograher, I read the same article and it's all GOOD. I'd receommend this camera above all others. Thanks Amazon, once again you came through for me as did Panasonic.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By George M. Allen on April 12, 2010
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Ordered the camera and did not realize it did not come with a memory card. No big deal as it has 40mb of built in memory. Took it for a weekend trip to Dumont Dunes. It took 8 photos (at max resolution) and I simply loaded them on my MacBook, deleted, and took more. Great pictures, fair video (with limited memory we had to take short ones)but overall a great little camera. The "automatic mode" makes using it a snap. A great value, in my opinion.
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