Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30

Last Updated (15 October’10):
- Review by CNET

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 is a 14.1-megapixel digital camera features 8X optical zoom (28-224mm in 35mm equivalent.) with Mega O.I.S, Light Sensitivity ISO 80-1600, HD Movie recording, Venus Engine IV Processor, and 2.7″ TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots). The camera measures (W x H x D) 100.0 x 56.5 x 27.8 mm and weighs 35lb with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 Reviews

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 and writes;
“The good: Easy to use; flexible lens in a compact metal body; very good value for features, performance, and photo quality. The bad: Feature set might be too basic for some. The bottom line: Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FH20 is a very good value for anyone in need of a basic point-and-shoot with a midrange zoom.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 and writes;
“So while photo enthusiasts will inevitably want to cast their steely gaze elsewhere, for £179 the DMC-FS30 feels good value indeed and will more than satisfy those users looking for a portable pocket camera for their travels – and who are content to simply point and shoot in the main.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamera-hq reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 and writes;
“The FH20 is easy to handle, designed in a way that makes sense, has quick enough operation to capture fast-moving things like children or pets (a shutter speed of just 0.006 seconds, according to the official spec sheet), handles most lighting situations smoothly, and has enough fun options to let you experiment without feeling like you’re getting in over your head. It’s meant to take good pictures without much effort on the user’s part.”
Rating: N/A

Imaging-resource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20′s Macro mode captures sharp details at the center, though blurring and chromatic aberration are strong in the corners. Minimum coverage area is 2.09 x 1.57 inches (53 x 40mm), and color balance is a little warm with the studio lighting.”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 User Reviews

photo nut | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is solid enough, picture quality is generally goo to excellent w/o reading the book which would be a good idea. I shot over 300 pics; indoors & out and the scenery ones were terrific compared to my older pics of same locations with an Olympus 7 meg/3x optical…” – By ThinkerMan

Excellent Value | Rating: ★★★★☆
“So I think this camera, which is very fast at focusing and fun to use, would work for family photos IF it can face detect and you are close enough to the people indoors. Outdoors in good light it should work fine. General scenery and yard type photos would do well as long as there is light. ” – By Pamela K. Apfelbeck

Good Basic Camera | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a super basic camera excellent for holiday documentation, party documentation and random photo takings. It works well for accident documentation for your vehicle. It is super clear and ease to use. All extras had been eliminated, hence able to keep the price so low. This had made it so value for money. I will and had recommended so many of my friends this camera due to the simplicity of this camera.” – By Francis Lim

Excellent Value | Rating: ★★★★★
“Obviously this camera does not compare to the quality of my DSLR, but it is very good in comparison to other pocket cameras. The video is decent enough. For $150 I don’t expect miracles, but this is an all around decent performer.” – By John Painter

A Real Winner | Rating: ★★★★★
“There are times when I need a smaller camera and my DMC-FH20 is perfect. It is easy to use and the results are great. The movies are quite good eliminating the need for a video camera. I would highly recommend this camera. ” – By Barbara Janaskie

Great camera! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was looking for a replacement for my dinosaur Fuji, and this Panasonic had every feature that I wanted at a great price. The screen is large and bright. The zoom is deeper than most in this category. The menu is easy to navigate. The good low light reviews was the reason that I picked this camera over the others.” – By R. Pahl

Great Value | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’m sure as I encounter different environments for taking pictures I’ll have to play with the settings a little more, but I’m confident this camera offer superior quality to my Sony and is a good replacement for simple high-quality point and shoots needs.” – By D. Forbes

A great middle | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this as a replacement for an earlier Panasonic I had (the screen broke), and the biggest difference between the two is the 8x optical zoom (double my previous). The 8x zoom is great, the only draw back is you can’t manually focus it, but this isn’t an SLR and I haven’t seen any point and clicks that let you manually adjust the focus. Best deal for a camera I’ve ever gotten.” – By Jacob Estes

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Samples

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 Sample Photos

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

Manual

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20/FS30 Features

28mm Wide-angle Lens
The 28mm wide-angle lens* lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.
* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

Powerful 8x Optical Zoom
The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can’t get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don’t know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don’t have time to make any settings, simply choose iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode by simply pressing the dedicated button and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. 4 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time.

HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG Format)
The DMC-FH20) can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FH20 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).

Extended Battery Life
The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH20. This lets users take approx. 300 shots on a single battery charge*.
* Based on the CIPA standard.


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