The all new Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 is an excellent point and shoot camera embedded with Leica lens for wide angle shots and extra zooming. It is quite astonishing to see the incredible range of the lens implanted in a shooter of about 1.1 inch thickness. Thinner than its predecessor DMC – ZS10 the camera boasts of Panasonic Power Optical Image Stabilizer to offer clean shots by delicately handling the extra zoom range.
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Apart from the lens, the shooting quality under low lit conditions has improved as compared to its predecessors. The device also cuts back few control options and compensates with a faster shooting performance.
Features Of Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20
Dimensions And Weight
The Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 has dimensions of 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches and weighs around 7.2 ounces along with the battery.
The 14 MP Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 boasts of highly sensitive MOS image sensor measuring 1 x 2.3 inches and an LCD touch screen measuring 3 inches diagonally. The LCD screen has a maximum resolution of 460k dots, but it is devoid of a viewfinder. The Leica lens has 20x zoom feature accompanied by f3.3 – 6.4 aperture and 24 mm to 480 mm focal length equivalent to 35 mm film length.
The still picture format supported by the camera is JPEG, while the video formats include H.264, AAC (MP4) and AVCHD (MTS). The shooter can shoot still photos at a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240 pixels and videos at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 fps under AVCHD format and 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps under MP4 format.
The device supports both optical and digital image stabilization types. It uses rechargeable Lithium ion battery charged via the USB port using a computer system or the wall adapter. The battery is capable of shooting 260 shots at a stretch.
The storage media supported by the device include micro SD, SDXC and SDHC. Apart from the AC adapter and the battery, you will also get bundled software like Lumix Map Tool and Photofun Studio 8.1 Premium Edition compatible with Windows operating system.
The shot taken with 14 MP resolution is bound to get grainier if you crop heavily or enlarge them to their full sizes. However, the Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 is capable of providing decent photos with bright colours in well lit environment.
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Though the low light photographs are better than its predecessor, but it is far behind the competing products of Canon or Sony. In the previous models the photo quality was seen deteriorating from ISO 200, here at ISO 800 you will get reliable shots with reduced noise and softness.
The selling point of the camera is the video shooting capability. Sharp and smooth videos are guaranteed with excellent colour and exposure. However, the problem regarding the low light also persists while recording videos. It is solely for Web uploading and easy editing that Panasonic decided to incorporate MP4 as a recording format. Though you cannot zoom while recording, but you can definitely pick up the movement with the stereo microphone in a quiet surrounding.
Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 Price
The Panasonic Lumix DMC – ZS20 was launched with a price tag of $ 350.