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Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-ZS20S
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 20 x
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 2.3 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728ZBC0
  • Item model number: DMC-ZS20S
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (944 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,339 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2012

Product Description

Color: Silver

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD Display, GPS with Map View & Ultra Wide Angle - Silver


Never Lose a Great Shot and Never Get Lost, the ZS20K Digital Camera with Built-In GPS
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20K 14.1 MP GPS Digital CameraGeo-Tag Family and Friends, Built-In GPS notes your Favorite Landmarks and Locations Right from Your Digital Camera
GPS

This compact GPS digital camera is an excellent travel companion! Covering 203 countries/regions with landmark information for than a million spots in 82 countries/regions, your memory-making scenes will be attached to their real-time world locale with the LUMIX ZS20K GPS digital camera. Revel in a host of travel-friendly functions such as My Location, Auto Clock Setting, and My Landmark Function. When you select the GPS function, the name of the country, state, township or city that you are visiting will be recorded to your photo or video. Traveling in unfamiliar places? No worries! LUMIX GPS will point you to nearby landmarks, helping you find your way.

Let Intelligent Zoom Bring It Closer
24mm Lens

From stunning architecture to natural landscapes to the funny face your child makes, let Panasonic's powerful 20x optical zoom, with the ZS20K digital camera, bring them into your frame for those special moments. With Intelligent Zoom, extend your reach twice as far, from 20x to 40x, bringing your subjects even closer whether you are shooting pictures or filming a video. And take advantage of the 24mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens - rare on a compact GPS digital camera - giving you a wider range of creative shots due to its viewing space which is approximately 213% larger when compared to a 35mm digital camera.

Shoot like a Pro with these Professional-Grade Control Features on the ZS20 Compact GPS Digital Camera
Venus Engine

The ZS20K compact digital camera comes with the newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, and high performance image processing (LSI Venus Engine) provide high speed response, high sensitivity recording and superb image quality to capture even the most fleeting photo opportunities. The ratio of the MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine adjusts photos and videos taken in sensitive areas and creates clear, crisp imagery. For low-light images, the camera's Multi-process Noise Reduction System produces dramatically clear photos and videos. Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the digital camera's iA Mode overlays several still pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels and produces a single composite picture avoiding over or under exposure.

Take a Picture and Record It in Full 1080/60p HD with the LUMIX ZS20K Point and Shoot Camera
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20K 14.1 MP GPS Digital CameraAll-at-once: Shoot and Record in Full HD with Photo Style, Creative Video, MPEG-4, and 3D.
Full-HD

The camera's Motion Picture button lets you record while taking photos without having to switch modes. Make videos in full HD 1,920x1,080 60p in both AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) and MP4 formats. The 20x optical zoom, with its redesigned side lever for easier zooming access, captures highly natural expressions and fast-moving sports scenes that the naked eye may miss. Play it back in dramatic slow motion and see the difference. Creative Control and Photo Style render your unique style by coordinating colors to your subject and its surroundings. The Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting videos.

Snap in Under a Second with the ZS20 Compact GPS Digital Camera
AF Light Speed

Click in the moment with a quick start-up time of approx. 0.95 sec. and Light Speed Auto Focus. Get 12 fps full resolution photographs with the 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor as you take a series of shots. Snap consecutively at approx. 5.5 fps/2 fps with Auto Focus Tracking. And the GPS digital camera's newly added focus mode AF Flexible resets automatically when your subject moves. Even high-speed burst shooting is possible with the ZS20 camera's electronic shutter. In Intelligent Burst Shooting, the frame rate sets according to the subject's movement. And faster data transfer is possible as the DMC-ZS20 is compatible with the Ultra High Speed-I standard SDHC/SDXC Memory Card.

Advanced Technology Reduces Glare and Minimizes Image Blurring
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20K 14.1 MP GPS Digital CameraMinimize blur and produce picture perfect photos with Nano Surface Coating technology.
Nano Coating

Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology, on the ZS20 camera, minimizes light reflection within the entire zoom range (380nm-780nm) thus reducing glare and producing super clear pictures. The LUMIX ZS20's powerful 20x optical zoom can be increased to the 40x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, taking advantage of its Intelligent Resolution technology which brings images to life. The LUMIX camera's POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) minimizes blur, even when zoomed, and Active Mode effectively suppresses handshake vibrations in both still picture taking and video recording.

A Long Zoom Camera that is Easy to Use
iA Intelligent Auto mode

Shooting subjects on-the-go under strong sunlight is easy thanks to a minimized screen freeze and the newly developed 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) that incorporates a 100% field-of-vision that adds high resolution to every scene. With an LCD that rotates 180° on its side and tilts 270° up and down, dynamic, artistic framing is possible with the ZS20 LUMIX digital camera. When propped on a tripod (using Auto Focus and iA Intelligent Auto mode), the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. In iA Plus Mode, you have a range of creative settings from Motion Deblur to Scene Detection and more.

A LUMIX Camera that Makes Sharing Your Photos With Your Social Media Circles Easy
Easy Uploading

With the ZS20 LUMIX GPS digital camera, upload photos and videos instantly to Facebook and videos to YouTube sharing the URL with family and friends via email. Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot in a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc player and view your content. You can also use an optional HDMI mini cable to export your images onto the VIERA Link. Viewing images taken in the 3D Photo Mode via the 3D VIERA TV will offer an exciting experience.

More Creative Controls & Photo Styles Tell Your Photographic Story
Photo Style, 8 new creative controls, and 3D Imagery will elevate your photographic journey.
Creative Control

Want a GPS digital camera that creates expressive and fun scenes? Choose from among 8 new and 6 original creative control effects as you play with a range from Toy Effect to Star Filter and Impressive Art. Add an artistic touch in Photo Style to your pictures and videos with 6 customizable color types, like Vivid. And get more shooting control with the new Panorama Shot, the Intelligent Handheld Night Shot (iA Mode generates an illuminated night scene), and the White Balance Bracket function, which shoots 3 consecutive photos while adjusting the white balance. You can even produce 3D Images with the LUMIX ZS20 compact digital camera. For advanced photographers, use the manual control mode for even greater creative license.

Accessorize Away with these Great Panasonic LUMIX Products
Accessorize Away with these Great Panasonic LUMIX ProductsMarine Case MCTZ30
Go underwater to take stills or to record marine life. Exposure and colors are automatically optimized with special functions.
Panasonic Gold Series SDHC Memory CardsPanasonic Gold Series SDHC Memory Cards
Choose from 8, 16, 32, or 64 GB memory cards in this gold series that meets your ever-increasing storage demand.
High Capacity ID Secured Battery DMW-BCG10High Capacity ID Secured Battery DMW-BCG10
Keep this replacement Lithium-Ion battery handy for when you need an extra power source for your LUMIX.
HDMI Mini Cable RP-CHEM15-KHDMI Mini Cable RP-CHEM15-K
High speed HDMI Mini cable with Ethernet 4.9ft long, transmits HD digital video up to 1080p resolution in 16-bit color

Panasonic Point and Shoot Camera Comparison Chart
Dimensions (W x H x D)
125.2 x 86.6 x 110.2 mm / (4.93 x 3.41 x 4.34 inch)
110.5 x 67.1 x 45.6 mm / (4.35 x 2.64 x 1.80 inch)
120.3 x 80.8 x 91.9 mm / (4.74 x 3.18 x 3.62 inch)
104.9 x 58.9 x 28.2 mm / (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.11 inch)
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
10.1 Megapixels
16.1 Megapixels
14.1 Megapixels
Optical Zoom As the focal length of a zoom lens is changed, the subject is magnified. When an image is magnified via the lens, the resulting image looks natural.
24x
3.8x
24x
20x
Focal Length The distance from the middle point of the lens to the focus point. Assuming that the camera's position is fixed, the larger this value becomes, the larger the subject appears (telephoto). Conversely, the smaller this value becomes, the smaller the subject becomes (wide angle).
f=4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28 - 672mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
f=4.7 - 17.7mm (24 - 90mm in 35mm equiv.)
f=4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28 - 672mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
f=4.3 - 86.0mm (24 - 480mm in 35mm equiv.) / (28-560mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT (Nano Surface Coating) / 14 elements in 11 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens)
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX / 11 elements in 10 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED Lenses(1 Aspherical ED lens) / 1 Nano surface Coating Lens)
LEICA DC VARIO- ELMARIT / 14 elements in 10 groups / (2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical Surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens)
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 12 elements in 10 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots.
Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode(only for Video) / Off)
Power O.I.S. (On/Off)
Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode(only for Video) / Off)
Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode(only for motion picture) / Off)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent AUTO / motion picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity /Tele 30cm - infinity
Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Creative Control Mode
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color, Radial Defocus, Smooth Defocus
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, High Dynamic, Toy Effect, Miniature, Soft Focus
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, / Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, 3D photo
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, Glass Through, 3D Photo
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, / Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, 3D Photo
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Hand Held Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, Underwater, High Speed Video
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full- Resolution Image: 12 frames/sec Max. 12 images / with AF Tracking: 5.5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec / Intelligent Burst Shooting / High- speed Burst: approx. 60 frames/sec (recorded in 2.5M) / approx. 40 frames/sec (recorded in 5M)
Full- Resolution Image: 11 frames/sec Max. 12 images / with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec / High- speed Burst: approx. 60 frames/sec (recorded in 2.5M) / approx. 40 frames/sec (recorded in 5M)
Full- Resolution Image: 10 frames/sec Max. 3 images / with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec
Full- Resolution Image: 10 frames/sec Max. 10 images / with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec Max. 100 images / Intelligent Burst Shooting / High- speed Burst: approx. 40 frames/sec (recorded in 5M) / approx. 60 frames/sec (recorded in 2.5M)
Motion Picture Recording
[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [STD Video] 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [High Speed Video] 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (MP4) (Sensor Output is 120fps) / 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (MP4) (Sensor Output is 240fps)
[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p(SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [STD Video] 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [Hi Speed Video] 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps (MP4) (Sensor Output is 120fps)
[HD Video] / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps) / [STD Video] / 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps)
[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (GPH: 28Mbps, PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (GFS: 17Mbps, FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p(GS: 17Mbps, SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) / [STD Video] 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) / [High Speed Video] 320 x 240 pixels, 220fps (Motion JPEG)
Still Picture Recording
[1:1] / 2992 x 2992 (9M) / 2448 x 2448 (6M EZ) / 1920 x 1920(3.5M EZ) / 1536 x 1536(2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480(0.2M EZ) / [4:3] / 4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] / 4000 x 2672 (10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] / 4000 x 2248 (9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1440(3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (3D)
[1:1] 2736 x 2736 (7.5M) / 2304 x 2304 (5.5M EZ)/ 1920 x 1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536 x 1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ) / [4:3] 3648 x 2736 (10M) / 3072 x 2304 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 3776 x 2520 (9.5M) / 3168 x 2112 (6.5M EZ) / 2656 x 1768 (4.5M EZ)/ 2112 x 1408 (3M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 3968 x 2232 (9M) / 3228 x 1872 (6M EZ) / 2784 x 1588 (4.5M EZ)/ 2208 x 1248 (2.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (3D)
[1:1] / 3456 x 3456 (12M) / 2736 x 2736 (7.5M EZ) / 2304 x 2304 (5.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536 x 1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ) / [4:3] / 4608 x 3456 (16M) / 3648 x 2736 (10M EZ) / 3072 x 2304 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] / 4608 x 3072 (14M) / 3648 x 2432 (9M EZ) / 3072 x 2048 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] / 4608 x 2592 (12M) / 3648 x 2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072 x 1728 (5.5M EZ) / 2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (3D)
[1:1] 3232x3232 (10.5M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M EZ) / 2304x2304 (5.5M EZ)/ 1920x1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536 x 1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ) / [4:3] 4320 x 3240 (14M) / 3648 x 2736 (10M EZ) / 3072 x 2304 (7M EZ)/ 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4320 x 2880 (12.5M) / 3648 x 2432 (9M EZ) / 3072 x 2048 (6M EZ)/ 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4320 x 2432 (10.5M) / 3648 x 2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072 x 1728 (5.5M EZ)2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
GPS
n/a
n/a
n/a
Yes

Product Description

The LUMIX DMC-ZS20 digital camera with an impressive 20x optical zoom, a 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and the ability to shoot full-High Definition (HD). The newly-redesigned lens system, the LUMIX ZS20 features a new mechanical structure and optical system to further improve image quality and with Nano Surface Coating technology, the LUMIX ZS20 offers stunning image clarity with minimized ghosting and flare. Beyond the quality of its lens, the LUMIX ZS20 integrates an enhanced built-in GPS*2 functionality, making it easy for users to pinpoint locations where photos were taken and share with family and friends on internet maps.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

very impressive camera. The picture quality is very good it's 20x zoom is very impressive. An amazing camera at a very good price. Read more ›
It does excellent job outdoor. A few months back we had taken some outdoor wedding pictures, the results were fantastic. For indoor use, I would suggest to stay as close as… Read more ›
The GPS feature does use battery more quickly so I only turn…I take this camera on tips when I don't want to bring my larger SLR and the picture quality is outstanding. Read more ›
Replaced my Nikon, that I dropped, with this camera after using a friends to take some pictures. Very easy to use and the picture quality is exceptional Read more ›
I've had this camera for 2 years and it has never failed me! The quality of the pictures are outstanding and it has many options to choose from in regards to scenes. The… Read more ›
Videos are also very good. The 20x optical zoom with image stabilizer is really great! Now, why 4 stars...I would give 4.5 stars but I can't! Read more ›
This camera is awesome if you get it for the right price. The supper zoom is very fast. I recommend the VGear 3x DSLR LCD Viewfinder with this camera for video shooting. Read more ›
Great little camera - sharp photos and small enough to put in your pocket. Zoom is good - about all you really need. The GPS for keeping up with travel photos is nice. Read more ›
I love this camera for the most part. The zoom is excellent. The settings are accessible. Read more ›
I'm so glad I purchased this camera! The zoom is excellent for the price and size of this camera. Distant pictures can be zoomed in with great clarity! Read more ›
Very good compact camera, easy to use; small but has every thing is needed to take impressive photos; the zoom is excelent. Read more ›
I love the handhold on the front and the wrist strap. It's quick, it's got a wide angle, it takes great action shots (in good light), and the zoom is fantastic. For me,… Read more ›
I had…All the camera functions work well and they take great pictures (with and without flash) as well as videos, the menus are easy enough to navigate, and setup was easy. Read more ›
I am still learning to use the manual controls, and I wish it had come with a full paper manual (instead of the cd rom and online materials), but even in point and shoot… Read more ›
I reviewed alot the P&S camera's before settleing on this one. It has a qualty lense, and the features are great. Small enough to fit in my wifes small purse, and can take… Read more ›
1. Many of the features are not intuitively obvious and will take some time to learn. As an example, try to locate the function to format the card! Read more ›
Fun, easy to use camera. Lots of control ability, yet the auto mode is excellent. It fits in a pocket but does as much as many want to be SLR's. Read more ›
I love this camera!!! The pictures are clear, the video is HD quality, the manual settings are great for concerts. Very satisfied with my purchase! Read more ›
Dropped my Lumix ZS3. ZS20 is just as easy to use and has longer zoom. ZS3 has Read more ›
We love the lumix series cameras. The pics are clear, camera compact, easy to use. The only issue we have had with earlier models, is dust getting into lense. Read more ›
Very good low light performance and the zoom is great. Easy to use but allows you a good degree of control. Read more ›
I read tons of reviews about tons of different cameras before…It has an incredibly long/clear zoom for such a small camera, takes great pictures, and is very easy to use. Read more ›
A lot of features. Good pictures, great zoom and somewhat easy to use. I still need to review the op manual to learn the manual side of this camera. Read more ›
Certainly, the "professionals" would find plenty to pick at, but for the goal of having a convenient, easy to use camera to record and share the trip, this camera… Read more ›
This camera is so user friendly, and takes fabulous pictures. The videos are awesome too. Love it. Read more ›
I am using a SanDisk 16G Ultra micro SDHC with adapter to SD size. Video quality is good. Battery life, so far acceptable, but a spare battery and charger is a plus, since… Read more ›
The backlight program is excellent, the size and feel are very nice, and picture clarity is very good. Video is very easy to use and everything works as expected. Read more ›
If you are looking for one that can zoom in to objects, this is it. Video quality is also good, it takes full HD and has stabilizer built in which works pretty well. Quality… Read more ›
The battery life seems to be very good (I bought a spare and never had to use it). Videos are especially nice. Excellent zoom. Read more ›
It's a bit thicker than the…But the photo quality is great and taking videos is much easier thanks to the record button on the top (no need to switch modes anymore). Th… Read more ›
I bought this as a gift for my wife when she lost her old digital camera. For the price, this is a great camera. Her only issue with it so far is that it doesn't take good… Read more ›
if you can test out this camera do so, I think you'll like it and the price is very good. Read more ›
We are amazed at the quality of the photos and the…For a pocket camera that can do it all even some portraits, you can't beat this camera and the price is simply great. I… Read more ›
Kudos to Panasonic for this. The price is too good to be compared. However, charging limits user's freedom to a space. Read more ›
I have never been this happen on a camera. Every picture comes out perfect and the price was wonderful. Read more ›
Video is also really good. The price point is great too! Read more ›
Neither do I take millions of photos (cough...like some of you ladies...cough…The battery life is great, the size is perfect in my hands and fits well in my coat pocket. Read more ›
I bought this model for my wife. It's a bit bigger than the earlier version but the size is well worth it. I'm amazed at how good the zoom is on this compact camera. Read more ›
I purchased this camera because I loved all the bells and whistles that the Panasonic offers. The size is perfect for traveling as it fits in my pocket. I have the larger… Read more ›
I'm getting great results from my new ZS20 which does a very good job…The zoom in a camera of this size is simply amazing and the scene modes are also outstanding. Read more ›
Excellent camera, light weigth, funtional, great zoom. Compact size is a good idea for travel an other occasions. Really good product... Read more ›
The camera is everything I had hoped it would be and more! The small size is perfect for travelling and takes wonderfully clear pictures and is super easy to use. Read more ›
Be careful this camera is so sensitive to…I love the optics and the Leica Lens is absolutely great but what good is a great lens when the camera is a cheap piece of junk. Read more ›
The camera is compact, light weight and easily fits in your pocket. The Leica lens is outstanding and the photos are sharp, crisp, and as good as many higher priced cameras. W… Read more ›
At first, I was impressed but then 9 months later I had the first problem. The lens cover was not fully opening. Ruined most photos from a vacation grip. Read more ›
Best photos done in bright light outdoors. Zoom feature and lens are great for a point/shoot camera. PIcture quality is ok, but not SLR quality of course. Read more ›
But as a professional, it has features like the panorama feature that I am using professionally as well as the HDR multiple exposure still feature…The Leica lens is superb. Read more ›
I bought the ZS20 in Austraia in september 2012. In august 2013 the lense was full of particles. Under the world-wide warranty the camera was sent back to Australia and… Read more ›
Panorama shots are trivially easy and a great way to capture the scenery here in Hawaii. Color rendition is excellent. I was very surprised at the clear nighttime photos I… Read more ›
It virtually removed all reflections. The quality of the photos ( crispness and color) is excellent. I was really surprised by the quality of the HD video that was taken… Read more ›
It says 20x zoom, but you can take up to 40x (it picked up a license number half a block away), but for the xtra zoom use a tripod. Color rendition is perfect. I've really… Read more ›
I took pics side by side with these two cameras, and here are my observations: 1. color: panasonic colors were generally cooler with more green/blue vs. the canon's warmer… Read more ›
Photograph a rocky outcropping across a canyon with very good detail. * Color rendition is very good. * Shoot stills or video (HD) at will: not necessary to change modes… Read more ›
Even from a moving car or at a great distance, my camera took clear pictures. The colors were perfect, no red eye effect at all. Love, Love it. Read more ›
Neat and compact. Easy to carry in your pocket Read more ›
An easy camera to carry and to use. Lot's a features I don't know about or understand. Read more ›
This camera zooms in on distances that I never knew I could reach with a small camera. It is easy to carry and takes great pictures. I did some hiking and found people… Read more ›
It took great pictures and videos. This camera is the perfect size to carry during travel to foreign counties. Only one problem and that is the on/off switch should be… Read more ›
I often use it for snapping birds and butterflies, etc. As they say, "The best camera is the one you have with you," and this one is easy to carry. Read more ›
However, if you simply want a point and shoot, you have that also. The size is very compact, and easy to carry wherever you go (suggest a carry case for protection). Read more ›
The panorama capability is great fun and a real advantage both for landscapes and when you are in a tight spot,…Auto focus does a good job, as well as lighting exposure. Read more ›
The zoom is fantastic. The touch-to-focus is really nice & fast. I really had no complaints about it. Read more ›
It is amazing how far you can zoom with it and still get the quality in the photo. The auto focus works very well and quickly. I am a big fan of doing panoramic photos and… Read more ›
The camera turns on quickly and shutter lag is minimal. Auto focus is very quick and can actually track an object (great for kids or animals). Read more ›
I don't take dozens of shots in a session with this camera, so can't say…The photos are clear, colors true, focused and much much better than my old Nikon point and shoot. Read more ›
The downside, and the reason this gets four stars instead of five is the sometimes amazingly slow focus. The thing will sometimes hunt for more than a second trying to lock… Read more ›
Time to focus and cycle time (time to write a photo to the card and be ready for another shot)are also fast (I am using a 32 MB Class 10 45…And the LCD is clear and bright. Read more ›
The images are crisp and beautifully exposed.. Screen is bright and easy to see in all but the brightest light. Lens range is brilliant. Read more ›
I'm just saying I think I can…--Touch screen works well, but still prefer the buttons to take pictures, because I can do it with one hand (which this camera does have BTW). Read more ›
The zoom is simply amazing. The display is superb. The low light performance (shutter speed) is outstanding. Read more ›
The LCD screen is bright and clear, and I'm a fan of the quick-switch b/t taking pictures and viewing. (definitely a complaint I had with my first model) But, really, if… Read more ›
- Learning curve for touch screen is faster than I originally felt - Video looks great at good light, low light performance for video is not great compared to my panasonic… Read more ›

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1,555 of 1,572 people found the following review helpful By Artemaria on September 27, 2012
Color Name: Black
I couldn't decide between these three cameras (and their variants, the Sony HX30 and the Panasonic ZX20) because many of the reviews of each made the cameras sound very similar. So, I went out and bought (from merchants who accepted returns) one of each of these three cameras (I didn't need WI-FI or GPS, so that's how I settled on these less expensive variants). And then I took photos and videos in various conditions. I am not a professional photographer, and I didn't do Imatest or any other specific tests on the images (you can read C/net for that), but this is an experience of a regular person who was taking pictures and videos with these three cameras side by side, which is a comparison that you do not often see.

The bottom line is that these three cameras are very similar with a few minor differences, but those differences set them apart and may make you decide that you like one more than the other.

Generally speaking, NONE of these cameras is a DSLR replacement. Whomever writes that the pictures are as good as a DSLR is not speaking accurately. Also, none of the cameras is a replacement for a high end camcorder.

OUTSIDE PICTURES

If you are taking pictures outside on a sunny day all of these cameras will take very nice pictures for small to medium enlargements (no bigger than 8 x 10). The cameras all produce nice fairly sharp images that would be well suited for that purpose. And, like most people, I don't remember ever enlarging a picture more than 8 x 10, so it is not a common problem.

What might be an issue is if you are zoomed in all the way and wanted to crop a photo (which sometimes happens), the differences in the way the cameras' photos look when you "pixel peep" might make a difference.
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402 of 409 people found the following review helpful By stevefoobar on May 31, 2012
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I tried the models that directly compete with this camera from Canon, Sony, and Nikon and much to my surprise, overall, this camera was superior in almost all areas that matter most to me. That would be the quality and flexibility of the video, the quality of the optical image stabilization, and the overall quality of the still pictures it takes. I didn't care about the GPS as it is largely a gimmick in my opinion and all the major competitors have it now or they feel they won't be able to compete.

You should realize that the GPS built into this camera (and most cameras) is NOT the same GPS you may be used to in your car or smart phone. It does not have detailed maps, does not have a large database of places or landmarks, and is not as accurate. It is basically for tagging your photos and videos with the latitude and longitude of where you took the image so you don't have to take notes manually to sort out what you shot and where later. That's why I consider it largely a gimmick.

Briefly then, this camera had by far, the best video quality and flexibility. You can select AVCHD video in several quality levels including full HD at 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (if your computer can handle it--many can't), MP4 video in several quality settings including full HD 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps, and even a (not too useful) 320 x 240 setting for high-speed video at 240 fps.

FOR TECHIES ONLY: Note that most of these video settings output progressive video but one of them outputs interlaced (can't remember which AVCHD setting). This makes me suspicious that the internal video circuitry may be interlaced and not progressive and they simply convert (deinterlace) the video when they create the progressive video file on the memory card.
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537 of 553 people found the following review helpful By Dubi on April 6, 2012
Color Name: Black
I had the original ZS-3 which served me well until it broke down. I purchased the ZS-10 and was disappointed with the low-light performance to the extent of returning it. The ZS-20 is a major improvement over the ZS-10.
I have taken only 100-200 pictures but the low light performance is much better and comparable (or slightly better) to the ZS-3. I don't have hands on experience with the other supercompacts but the panasonic worked well for my needs

Pro's
-The Zoom is phenomenal (but comparable to other super compact out there)
- AF speed is very good.
- Low light performance is ok (major improvement but still just ok)
- Flash works surprisingly well to improve overall picture quality
- Small, easy to carry around
- Same battery as previous model, so if upgrading, you can re-use old peripherals

Con's
- Menus could be better, 2-3 clicks to get somewhere, too many buttons and dials *** see update below
- Touch screen is confusing - unclear when it's used vs. the navigation buttons *** See update below
- Preliminary but I feel that the OS can do a better job. Might be because of the extended zoom

Overall
Great compact superzoom, small, light and produce great pictures. Does well what its intended to do.

UPDATE: April 9

- Learning curve for touch screen is faster than I originally felt
- Video looks great at good light, low light performance for video is not great compared to my panasonic camcoder
- HDR works great with minor caveat - do not shoot moving objects as the processing gets confused and the blended picture includes multiple fragments of the moving object (in my case kids).
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