Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 Review

Last Updated (18 June’12):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Cameralabs

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 features a 14.1 Megapixels Live MOS sensor allowing you to shoot at 10 fps in full resolution with a 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC lens that has 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm) for capturing beautiful images. The camera also has a Nano Surface Coating technology on the lens for reduces ghost and flare. Offers a full HD 1920×1080 (50i) movies recording in AVCHD format with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD with 460,000-dot resolution for viewing your pictures and movie. Features include a 3D Photo Mode for capture 3D images equipped with GPS tracking in the camera. The camera measures (W x H x D) 104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4 mm (4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 in) and weighs 197g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.434 lb).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Review

Is the camera easy to use?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 is designed with a solid metal body and a good sized front hand grip, while the back has a raised bumps thumb grip that works well. The design will be very suitable for the TZ series users, because it uses a design similar to previous designs TZ series with the mode dial above, on/off, shutter and additional function button still located in the same place. These buttons are also very useful for providing quick access to 9 control of the most commonly used, such as ISO and White Balance, which allows users to avoid the menu system altogether.

In addition to having an external design that is easy to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 also has an user friendly theme. Just by pressing the menu button, you can directly access the camera features such as Recording, Motion Picture, Setup, and GPS. Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 has design and features that easy to use for users.

How does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 perform?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 camera is a competent camera that produces excellent image quality not only for photography enthusiasts, but also for travelers on the go. With consistently good performance, this camera has a start-up time about 1 second and Shot-to-shot about 2 to 3 seconds, but will be slightly slower when using the flash.

The camera has metering system that has proven able to cope in a difficult lighting conditions. Thus generating a nice contrast and vivid colors and is able to maintain a rich color images in low light conditions. Some purple fringing found in the highlight areas of some pictures taken on the bright conditions, but it was only upon close inspection. You will also impressed with the video quality of this Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 camera which can record Full HD Video up to 29min with stereo sound, and use an optical zoom while recording.

Should I buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 camera?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 camera offers a 14.1 Megapixels Live MOS sensor with a 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC lens that has 16x optical zoom to produces high images quality and video. It can produces images that have good colour and good detail includes a great Full HD 1920×1080 (50i) Video up to 29min with stereo sound. The camera also has a 3D Photo Mode for produces a beautiful 3D image that can be viewed on a VIERA 3D HDTV and equipped with GPS tracking for allows geotagged images. Those are the benefit that you can get from this camera, so it’s a camera that you need to accompany you when as travelers on the go.

Are there any alternatives out there?

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 is a great camera that has high speed shooting, improved screen, and Full HD video modes including a GPS tracking, but if you want other camera that competed with this camera you can see another brand that recommended for you such as Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, Casio EX-H20G, Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR, Nikon Coolpix S8100, Olympus Mju 9010, Ricoh CX5, Samsung WB650, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5. Those camera are great to competed of the design, feature, result, and of course at price.

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 Reviews

Cameralabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 and writes;
“The lens range is broader, the video recording now at Full HD, the continuous shooting significantly quicker and the GPS landmark database roughly doubled in size. There’s also now a touch-screen display along with new 3D and composite noise reduction modes, while the vertical streaking which plagued bright highlights in video on its predecessor has been banished.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 User Reviews

Took great photos in Alaska
“The burst mode is fantastic. I was able to finally get some great whale photos. As someone else mentioned, if you play with the different modes, you can get photos in all varieties of light.” – By Mary Beth Domaz
Rating: ★★★★★

These cameras just keep egtting better
“I like the switch that allows you to review your pictures without losing your shooting settings. You can use the touch snsitive screen to flip through your photos, rather than pushing buttons. There is a separate button allows you to start shooting video, again without fiddling with the settings dial. Video is up to 1920×1080 with GPS tagging also available.” – By Gracewing
Rating: ★★★★★

First Panasonic Owned, Coming From Canon
“I have tested this out mainly indoors and a few outdoors and it takes really decent pictures for what I need it for. I love how I can put it to touch screen and touch the focus of the picture on screen and have it snap a quick picture. The focus/shutter time is fast so you don’t miss your shot.” – By Elliott
Rating: ★★★★★

Took surprisingly sharp pictures
“Took it on a trip, where I mainly used the Intelligent Auto. I was impressed that this function detects when red-eye and fill-in flash is needed. Even with flash turned off, the exposure compensated quite well. Plant and people pictures were quite vivid and sharp, even in breezes.” – By Lottie
Rating: ★★★★★

A feature-packed camera in a beautiful package, easy to use
“Photos at full optical zoom are terrific quality (a real difference from our former point and shoot camera). There is no recognizeable shutter lag, another nice upgrade for us. The 16x optical zoom is an amazing feature on such a small camera, and the Leica lens is huge plus.” – By CMW
Rating: ★★★★★

Lumix scores again
“From a first day testing perspective, the ZS10 has shown its mettle, an improvement (significant, if not huge) over the ZS3, and in most situations where a personal camera is useful, takes excellent pictures, and has a reasonably useable menu.” – By R. Overall
Rating: ★★★★☆

Know your modes
“I was recently shooting in Yosemite and my shots of Yosemite Falls (with all the reflective granite) were looking washed out and hazy. Disappointed, I then tried the “Snow” setting and… OMG – I got beautiful tones & a sharp image! Experiment, get to know the modes better and you will be really pleased with your purchase.” – By Earthling
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome Camera and Image Quality
“This new model is amazing! The low light photos are clean and have low level noise as compared to the ZS6 and ZS3… The lense quality is simply amazing. The detail in the photos is remarkable. I would highly recommend this camera.” – By TheWindyCity
Rating: ★★★★★

Great camera for candid, event, and wildlife photography
“The 10 reliably gives me usable images, images that capture precious moments, that are worth printing, and that people love, in situations that were a photographic crapshoot until the 10 came along. To me, that’s a big plus in photo satisfaction.” – By Martin
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sample Photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 Sample Photos Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority AE
Image Size: 4,320 x 3,240 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Aperture: f/4.9
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
Lens Focal Length: 16.00 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 89 mm)
File Format: JPEG


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 Sample Photos
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority AE
Image Size: 4,320 x 3,240 pixels
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Aperture: f/3.3
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
Lens Focal Length: 4.30 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 mm)
File Format: JPEG


Manual

Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10 User Manual (PDF 2.4MB)

Specifications

Model Name:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20/ZS10


Number of effective pixels
14.1 Megapixels


Image sensor
1/2.33-inch MOS sensor with primary color filter


Storage Media
Internal memory (Approx. 18MB)
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card


File format (still image)
Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3),
3D Image: MPO


File format (movie)
AVCHD, QuickTime Motion JPEG with Stereo sound


Number of recorded pixels
M:<1:1>3232×3232 (10.5M) <16:9>4320×2432 (10.5M)
M:<4:3>4320×3240 (14M) <16:9>3648×2056 (7.5M EZ)
M:<3:2>4320×2880 (12.5M) <16:9>3072×1728 (5.5M EZ)


Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens
Focal length: f=4.3-68.8mm (24-384mm in 35mm equiv.) or (29-464mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Full-aperture: F3.3 – 5.9
Constitution: 12 elements in 10 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
Aperture: F3.3 – 5.9 with Multistage Iris Diagram


Sensitivity
ISO: Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
ISO: High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
ISO AUTO Control available


Exposure mode
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual exposure


Shutter speed
Still: 60 – 1/4000 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Shutter Interval: 0.3 sec


Continuous shooting
Full-Resolution Image, 10 frames/sec Max. 15images
High-speed Burst Shooting: Max. 60 frames / sec
(recorded in 2.5M for 4:3, 3M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 2M for 1:1)


Auto bracketing
AE (AE) Bracketing (1/3 ~1EV step, Max +/-1, 3 frames)


White balance
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set


Flash modes
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 – 5.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)


LCD monitor
3.0″ TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating
Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode


Movie recording
AVCHD with picture quality: approx. 70 min (GFS, FSH), 85 min (GS, SH)
MOTION JPEG with picture quality: approx. 85 min
AVCHD with picture quality: approx. 35 min (GFS, FSH), 40 min (GS, SH)
MOTION JPEG with picture quality: approx. 40 min


Dimensions
104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4 mm / (4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 in)


Weight
Approx. 197g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.434 lb)
Approx. 219g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.482 lb)


Accessories included
Battery Charger
Battery Pack
Stylus Pen
AV Cable
USB Cable
Hand Strap
CD-ROM


See also: Digital Camera | Panasonic | Point & Shoot Cameras





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