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 print sizes.
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