Reviews and Problems with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20
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Camera prone to lens problems
2 December 2013
Summary: Lens stopped operating within a year and this is the second Lumix camera in my family with the exact same problem. I have read and heard about many others running into the exact same problem, and hence buyer beware. I am spending almost $100 per camera to repair the two that our family owns.
Summary: At first, I loved this camera, it took great shots. It had all of the features I was looking for. I used the camera on a Caribbean cruise and it worked perfectly. The next time I tried to use the camera, the inside of the camera looked like broken glass. There is no evidence of damage or mishandling on the outside of the camera whatsoever. The camera was placed in a quality padded case and never left my sight. The camera was sent to Panasonic to be repaired or replaced.
Summary: I got this camera for Christmas and loved it for the 5 months that it worked. Now there is a dark spot on every single picture. It's on the middle left so it is not an area that you could easily edit out. There are other reviews of this camera (listed without the cloths)and there is another person with this exact same problem. I looked into sending it in for repairs but that starts at $160. And it appears that Panasonic does not honor its warranty.
Summary: Panasonic has a quality issue with these cameras. I ordered one after seeing a good overall review score. I had hoped to get a good unit. The first unit came and no matter what I did I could not get a nice clear picture. I tried all kinds of settings as suggested in different reviews here. So I gave up and set it back for a replacement. When the replacement showed I took a quick set of pictures. Low and behold the first shot was much cleaner. I was happy... but...
Summary: they do not warranty the camera the repair centers are not local and they charge so much that you lose the $200 paid for the camera Used to like Panasonic, was in love having a 'reasonably priced' Leika lens, but it was a fiasco
Summary: This is my second Lumix after having Canons. I had a ZS3 with 12X optical zoom. I absolutely loved that camera (a friend dropped it). I took a picture once on full zoom out of a plane window of a ship in the water below at least 2 miles away. It was just a speck in the distance. I then magnified the image on the camera's screen and I could see the color of the ship, how many stacks it had, etc. It was simply amazing.
Summary: The camera offers high quality pictures and the zoom is amazing. The problem is, after a few months it starts generating spots on the pictures. I wonder if that is because of the 20x zoom, as the manufacturer no longer offers models with that much optical zoom... ======================================================================================================================= I am editing this review and "downgrading" to a single star because I sent the camera to...