Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20
26 March 2009
Summary: Another winner from Panasonic. With its wide angle lens, 4x optical zoom and truly accessible design, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 joins a line-up that raises the bar for what we can expect from the compact digital camera
Summary: In addition to the powerful Intelligent Auto Mode, 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.
Summary: Unboxing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 was déjà vu: “Didn’t I just review this camera?” As it happens, in a way I did, having recently checked out the FS20’s sister model, the FS3. While the cameras are strikingly similar, visually, with a wide-angle lens, more resolution, and a neat joystick controller, the FS20 makes it clear in a hurry why it gets top billing in this pair (actually, with the mid-level FS5, a trio) of new Lumix cameras.
Pros: Thoroughly impressive lens sharpness, Wide-angle range more than most, Good color, minimal processing, Noise reduction, if don't mind it
Cons: Noise reduction, if you find it intrusive, Battery life may not be enough for some, Questionable flash pictures, Too much price premium for too few upgrades?
Excerpt: Also featured is Panasonic's anti-shake system, MEGA O.I.S. This is an optical solution that uses gyros to counteract movement when taking a picture. At the rear is a 3in screen with a handy angle of view that makes composition a breeze. Panasonic has also included its Intelligent Auto mode which activates MEGA O.I.S, chooses the most appropriate Scene Mode, sets the ISO and employs Face Detection when needed.
Summary: The DMC-FS20 is every bit as impressive as the FS5; offering the same hassle-free interface with a slightly bigger LCD. If you're a casual happy-snapper with exacting standards (and zero patience), it will definitely satisfy.
Pros: Improved Intelligent Auto mode; vibrant 10.1Mp images; large, good quality LCD screen
Cons: Occasionally lethargic shutter response times, Easy Zoom seems pointless, not compatible with FS5 marine case
Summary: Just like the FX55 camera that it very closely resembles, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 is a stylish ultra-compact
that you can carry with you wherever you go. It's quite
quick focusing, even in low-light conditions, although the burst shooting mode of 2.5 fps for 3 images seems a little pedestrian these days.
Excerpt: Kompaktní digitální fotoaparát Lumix DMC-FS20 se širokoúhlým objektivem a stabilizací obrazu, rozlišením 10,1 Mpx, 4x optickým zoomem (30-120 mm), ISO 100-6400 a LCD 3,0 palce. Jeho hmotnost je 132 g.