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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20S 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

3.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • 10-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints
  • 4x wide-angle optical zoom; Mega Optical Image Stabilized
  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD; Face Detection
  • Intelligent ISO; Intelligent Scene Selector
  • 50 MB built-in memory; captures images to SD memory cards (not included)
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Simply set the 10.1-megapixel DMC-FS20 to iA mode and let the four Intelligent Auto functions team up to help prevent shooting errors. Intelligent Scene Selector chooses the mode that best fits the situation; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) helps prevent blurring from hand-shake; Intelligent ISO Control helps prevent motion blur; and Face Detection helps produce clear portraits by optimizing the focus and exposure settings. The 30mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 4x optical zoom takes wider shots than an ordinary 35mm lens. This is helpful in small rooms or crowded places, for example, letting you fit more people into a group photo. There's also an Easy Zoom button on the camera top - just press it, and the optical zoom and Extra Optical Zoom instantly extend to full telescopic position. This quick zooming lets you catch even fleeting opportunities. The brightness and contrast of the large 3.0" diagonal LCD adjust automatically in 10 steps as ambient light conditions change, so images are clear, bright and easy to see day or night, indoors or outdoors. f=5.2-20.8mm (35mm Equiv. - 30-120mm) Focal Length 3.0 Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (230K dots) Focusing Area Normal - Wide 50cm/ Tele 100cm - infinity, Macro / Intelligent AUTO - Wide 10cm / Tele 100cm - infinity 8 - 1/2,000 sec. Starry Sky Mode - 15, 30, 60sec. Shutter Speed Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode - Auto(1600 - 6400) ) ISO 27MB Internal Memory (additional memory recommended to store more photos and video) Built-in Microphone and Speaker SD/SDHC, MultiMedia Card Slot Built-in Flash with Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off modes DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB Connections PictBridge Compatible Approximate Battery Life - 310 pictures (CIPA Standard) Approximate Unit Weight - 0.319 lbs

From the Manufacturer

The Panasonic DMC-FS20 combines easy operation with a slim and sleek look, enabling both beginner and advanced users to take beautiful digital photos with a camera they can slip in their pocket. Featuring 10-megapixel resolution and a 30mm wide-angle Leica DC lens with 4x optical zoom, the FS20 also has Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced intuitive system of technologies that help users take better photos more easily.

Additionally, the fourth-generation, high-performance image-processing Venus Engine IV LSI helps produce higher-quality pictures with an advanced signal processing system. It adds a new high-performance noise reduction system that helps reproduce even the most delicate parts of images naturally and without color bleeding. The Venus Engine IV reduces shutter release time lag while still enabling high-resolution picture taking, making it easier to capture spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.

Other features of the DMC-FS20 include approximately 50 MB of internal memory and a 3.0-inch LCD -- perfect for easy-to-see viewing of images. Furthermore, the FS20 features an Intelligent LCD, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether dark or light; indoors or outdoors.

Lumix DMC-FS20 Highlights

Mega O.I.S. Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.

Intelligent ISO With Intelligent ISO, the FS20 can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.

Intelligent Scene Selector Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology, helps the consumer use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera, but often go unused, without making any manual adjustments.

Face Detection Panasonic’s Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Detecting up to 15 faces, Panasonic’s Face Detection can even track a face if the subject is moving.

Quick AF The Quick AF (auto focus) system starts focus on the subject by just pointing the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 6.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Item model number DMC-FS20S
Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #57,476 in Camera & Photo
#5,419 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 29, 2008

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Color: Silver
Before you get into this, please note that the 4 stars above should really be 3 and a half. I bought this camera as a replacement for my Casio Exilim EX-Z750, which was damaged by sand. I did a lot of research, and was almost set to buy the Canon SD870 IS, largely for the wide angle. However, while in the store, I saw the Lumix DMC-FS20, which had a more solid feeling than the Canon, and -to me- it also looked better.

There were only few reviews about the FS20 online (mainly good), and I had read good things about other Lumix models, so I ordered it. This camera is basically like the FS5, except for three things: the FS20 has a bigger LCD screen and a joystick-like control, instead of buttons; the FS5 has, among its accessories, an underwater case. The FS-20 is slightly bigger. The reason I went for the FS-20 was the joystick, with which I fell in love immediately.

The camera has a limited set of manual controls, which become even fewer if you choose the "intelligent" mode, so if you like being able to adjust most of your setting, this is not the camera for you. However, there are a few things one can set manually in the non-intelligent mode (and I discovered that I'd better use them), and quite a few scene modes (including one for sport). Not much can be done to the photos in the camera, but I use Paint Shop Pro, so I don' t mind.

Although I only had this camera for a few days (and not in a place where I can get great panoramic photos), I am, overall, pleased -but not delighted- with it:

What I like:
I am very impressed by the stabilizer. My previous camera did not have it and, boy, does it make a BIG difference!

Good close-ups: one can get really good, crisp photos at 5 cm.
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Color: Silver
I use a DSLR when I want great photos, and a "snapper" when pocket-size portability for travel and for fun are more important. My excellent, old Casio "snapper" was 2-1/2 years old, without image stabilization like my DSLR, so it was time for a new one. I seriously looked-at, tried-out, and read all the literature and reviews I could lay my hands-on for four models retailing under $240 (in July 2008): Nikon CoolPix S600, Canon PowerShot SD850, Casio Exilim EX-Z200, and this Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20. Each of these cameras has their own virtues and their own faults.

I do not have the space to review all four cameras properly and mention each of their good points, so I will limit this to mostly a couple of downside issues I saw in each:

** CoolPix: This snapper probably would get my vote for best overall images, HOWEVER, it has a very annoying - and for me, hard-to-use -spin/scroll-wheel control, is slowest to focus, slowest to record image, has ill designed internal software menus, manual controls are lacking, and it has a horribly short battery life.

** Powershot: Obvious barrell distortion due to the lens (why Canon, why?!), more noise in high ISO photos than Nikon or Lumix, oddly designed rounded body does not allow the camera to stand upright (for selftimer for example).

** Exilim: This camera has a lot going for it - especially great software and incredible battery life that seems to go on-and-on-and-on, HOWEVER, the photo quality is worst of the group with noticeable blue-purple haze at edges where highest contrast areas meet (e.g. sky and trees). This not visible if you are only viewing images on your computer screen at normal sizes, or are not making enlargements, but it is there none the less.
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Color: Pink
I'm a dSLR shooter, bought this for the wife as mother's day present with great expectations. But in the end, I wasn't completely thrilled.

* Eye pleasing all-metal design. High quality construction. The pink color in far better looking than the images on this website
* Excellent Leica lens with good edge-to-edge clarity and little distortion thru out the useful 30-140mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range
* Optical image stabilizer works as advertised
* Large 3" LCD, although screen quality is just average
* By far the best manual system ever came across. It took me 15 minutes to learn to use the camera without even reading a single page of the instruction manual
* "Joy-Stick" dial offers easy navigation and it's a pleasure to your figures
* Three picture sizes...4:3, 3:2 (APS) and 16:9 (Wide) aspect ratios
* Excellent movie mode. A fast HCSD card is recommended for movies. I use a Sandisk Extreme III 4 GB card
* Quick AF speed and very capable under low lighting
* Powerful onboard flash. AF assist light works very well in darkness

* Noise reduction is present at all ISO settings
* Ultra-compact size makes it difficult to grip
* iA (Intelligent Automatic) Mode gets confused from time to time. A multi-colored dress wore by my girl got the camera "thinking" I'm shooting flower, it turned into the Macro Mode
* No auto image rotation
* Images with ISO above 400 is good for viewing only

The bottom line:
3-1/2 stars. I may had too high of expectations out of this camera based upon on the specs alone. The biggest disappointment, however, is the IQ.
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