Summary: The Panasonic Lumix TS20 / FT20 is a competitively priced point-and-shoot compact that is water-proof, dust-proof and shock-proof. It can be used underwater to a depth of 5 metres, dropped from a height of 1.5 metres and frozen to -10 degrees C. Its more conventional specifications include a 4x stabilised optical zoom lens, 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor and a 2.7inch LCD screen.
Pros: 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide angle., Slim and lightweight and inexpensive., Door lock warning., 8fps 3.1Mpx burst mode.
Cons: Less than sparkling image quality., Poor video quality., Small buttons and labelling.
Conclusion: The Lumix FT20 cannot be faulted for doing what it was designed to, it handles 'though' conditions with its solidly constructed body and will work in conditions other cameras will not and should be applauded for doing so. The image quality is ok the video quality also though this camera offers great value for money with art filters, scene modes and straightforward functionality in a camera that retails for under $300.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC FT20 is a mid range robust digital camera. In terms of performance it is mid range too when it comes to picture quality. It is one of those digital cameras that do not stand out from the crowd, but at the same time it is hard to come up with reasons not to buy it. Picture quality is fine for snapshot sized prints.
Excerpt: With an attractively low street price around the £150 / $150 mark, Panasonic's fourth generation toughened camera, coming after the Lumix DMC-FT1, FT2 and FT3, is the wallet friendly FT20 / TS20 (the more full-featured and expensive FT4 / TS4 is also available). The resolution has perhaps inevitably been increased to an effective 16.1 megapixels (from a 16.5 megapixel 1/2.33 type CCD sensor), which as we'll find out later doesn't do the camera any favours.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix FT20 (aka TS20) is an entry level waterproof camera from Panasonic, and features a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, 16.1 megapixel sensor, 2.7inch screen, and is also drop proof and freezeproof.
Pros: Good value for money, Rated up to 5 metres waterproof, Tough metal body, Good colour, Automatic panoramic stitching, Easy to use
Cons: FT20 / TS20 - Different names, same camera, Miniature mode takes 11 seconds to record, Average noise performance, Red-eye
Excerpt: Rugged, waterproof cameras aren't just for water-sports enthusiasts. They're also well suited to the beach, hikes, ski slopes and even just being casually thrown into a bag, ready to capture a shot at a moment's notice. Panasonic has a fine history of rugged cameras, but while previous models have cost around £300, the FT20 is considerably more affordable. It's built to withstand drops from 1.5m, submersion to 5m, temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade and dust.
Conclusion: Pansonics Lumix DMC-FT20 ist nicht ohne Schwächen: Störend fallen das hohe Bildrauschen und der grob auflösende Monitor auf. Allerdings stehen den Kritikpunkten die Unterwasser-Fähigkeiten und der in Anbetracht der Robustheit recht günstige Preis gegenüber. Wenn Sie für kleines Geld eine Zweitkamera neben der DSLR oder der hochwertigen Kompakten für den Urlaub suchen, die mit an den Strand soll, ist die FT20 ein tauglicher Kompromiss.
Pros: Schneller Autofokus, Outdoor-tauglich
Cons: Starkes Bildrauschen,, Schwache Detailtreue, Kleines Display mit schwacher Auflösung