Reviews and Problems with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20
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Value for money 10
Ease of use 8
Overall quality 8
Think about the DMC-ZS19
28 April 2013
Summary: Purchased the DMC-ZS20. Have yet to figure out the GPS on the camera. Turned it off, while in Asia. It took really good photo's, especially through windows riding on a bus. I do find the battery life is very short and will shortly purchase a second battery. Most of all I miss a view finder. In bright sunshine I cannot see the image on the LCD screen. I purchased this camera because of the lens speed and size. I do most of my photography with a DSLR.
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Easy to use, Durable, Convenient
Cons: Poor documentation, no lens finder, gps hard to understand
Summary: I bought one when I purchased the camera, and only because the many reviews I read listed this as the primary CON on the ZS15 and 20 models. It's not made by Panny but works just the same. I got an extra battery as well so I can swap them out, presto-change-o, when I'm on the go. No worries.
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Easy to use, Convenient
Cons: need to buy a 2nd battery and external charger
Summary: I purchased both the ZS20 and ZS15 to compare the two cameras and decide which one I like better. Since the ZS15 was significantly less expensive than the ZS20, I decided it was worth trying both. As far as I can tell, the technical differences between the two are A) 20x optical zoom vs 15x optical zoom, B) 14.1 MP vs 12.1 MP, and C) the ZS20 has GPS but the ZS15 does not.
Summary: A good performer but with similar specs the Fuji FinePix F770 or the updated version F800 would be better buy. The 1 catch here is the Leica name on the lens. The Fuji F800 you need to keep your finger on the On/Off and Play button for a few s to activate to prevent turning on accidentally. Here you have a switch instead of a button.
Pros: Very compact, Price competitive with Leica-quality lens, Good overall resolution, Has On/Off switch and Play/Camera switch instead of buttons. A good way to prevent accidentally turning on the camera in your pocket., GPS & WiFi
Cons: Resolution: Fuji FinePix F800 has better resolution at 16 MP., Fuji has better lens at F5.3 than 6.4., As good as Intelligent zoom is, when you are in the digital zoom area, you are still cropping the image to give the impression of zooming closer before writing to an image file. Having 40x digital zoom your camera will operate at 20x for optimal resolution even with Intelligent zoom.
Summary: I've only had this camera a few days, but so far I'm really happy with it. The low-light sensitivity and optical zoom work as advertised. The only complaint I have is that the on/off switch is located such that the camera can easily be inadvertently turned on when inserting it into a Case Logic case, or closing the zipper. When that happens, the lens can start to expand against the inside of the case, possibly causing damage to it.
Summary: I have had a series of Lumix DMC cameras for a few years now, this one offers great zoom and pretty decent detail, colors are a bit weak, and hot spots (light) have a tendency to bleed into the colors giving the images a washed out look. But in overcast days, evenings, early morning, stunning images I would recommend this camera for its all around features, especially for travel, or easy carry situations, perfect pocket camera.
Summary: I have had the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 camera for several weeks. For a compact camera, the ZS20 is very good. I can recommend it. For my complete review and personal observations, see: [...] My rating: 4 stars. It would be a solid 5 if the camera had an optical viewfinder and an easy manual focus option. I will not rate any camera a 5 without these. Quick and dirty Pro/Con list: In general: PRO - 1. High quality photos. Excellent HD videos.
Extremely fun camera with great zoom, speed, and panorama
8 May 2012
Summary: Product is very easy to use but a bit too small for my hand. Very portable due to its size, yet has fantastic reach. Color is a too strong using "Happy" mode. The Panorama and Hand-held Night Shot mode is amazingly fun. Drains the battery extremely fast even when GPS is off. You would need to get at least 1 spare battery, for a full day shooting, you would probably need 2 spare batteries.
Summary: I previously owned the Lumix DMC-TZ5. I think I have had it for about 5 years now and I have a lot of really good pictures from it. The screen just recently cracked in the corner and turned black, but it still works well. I bought the Sony DSC-HX9V because Cnet gave it such a good review, but I took it back because I didn't like the pictures. They looked too soft or more like a water color painting to me.