Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30

Last Updated (30 July’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Digitalcamerareview

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 is a 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom. It features include High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, Full HD Video Recording, Built-in GPS Functionality, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, Special Effects, and 3.00-inch LCD touchscreen. The camera measures (W x H x D) 104.9 x 58.9 x 28.2 mm (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.11 inch) and weight 206 g (0.45 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Reviews

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“Panasonic’s ZS20 is a very attractive compact digital for a variety of reasons,.. Add in good still image and video quality, manual exposure controls, a responsive shutter, quick autofocus acquisition time and a capable stabilization system for shooting at long focal lengths and it’s pretty clear the ZS20 oozes versatility.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“Overall image quality is pretty good – especially when you consider the amount of zoom power the TZ30 manages to pack inside its diminutive little body. Used on the ‘Standard’ My Colour setting in iAuto mode the TZ30 produces pleasingly lifelike images that tread a happy medium, being neither overly muted nor overly saturated. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMAG reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“Noise is kept under 1.5 percent through ISO 800, and image detail holds up very well through that setting. At this setting images look a smidge better than those from our Editors’ Choice, the Sony HX30V, although the HX30V has an edge at ISO 1600 and 3200.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameralabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“I’m pleased to report the miniaturisation has not compromised optical quality and the lens performs similarly to models with shorter ranges. As such there’s an inevitable reduction in contrast coupled with softness in the extreme corners when zoomed-in, but overall the range delivers good results.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“There is one key area where the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 thankfully improves on its predecessor, namely the image quality at higher ISO speeds. Noise doesn’t become apparent on the TZ30 until ISO 800, a 1-stop improvement on the TZ20, and even the fastest setting of ISO 3200 is still worth using in a pinch. The TZ30′s new 14.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor really has made a big difference to the TZ30′s low-light performance.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“the Panasonic DMC-ZS20 is a fine camera, an extended zoom model that doesn’t sacrifice too much in key areas (color accuracy and lens performance) while surpassing our expectations in others (high ISO performance). For a camera that provides a very attractive combination of size and zoom range,”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 and writes;
“The Lumix DMC-ZS20 produced fairly good color, though bright reds and blues, and even some greens, are pumped a little high. A few shifts in hue are also present practically all around, including the slight yellow to green shift we’ve come to expect from Panasonics, though purples and deep blues are closest to their accurate hue.”
rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“The past few top-of-the-line ZS models from Panasonic have been very good, but the Lumix DMC-ZS20 finally makes it over to excellent. The lens is nice, but it’s really the overall combination of features, improved low-light photo and video quality, and fast shooting performance that takes it up a notch. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

About.com reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“The overall response times for this camera are really good, and it works especially fast outdoors. It’s a little slower when working in low light conditions indoors”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 leaves a good impression. The extensive zoom, excellent optical image stabilisation and spritely autofocus mean it’s a responsive and easy to use camera. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCresource reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“the ZS20′s photo quality is quite a bit better than on the ZS10 that came before it, there’s still a fair amount of room for improvement. Exposures were generally accurate, though since the camera has the tendency to clip highlights, you might want to bracket in high contrast situations. Colors were nice and saturated, though like its fellow Panasonic cameras, the ZS20 tends to lean in the yellow direction under artificial light.”
rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“In Intelligent Auto mode, the Lumix ZS20 captured understated photos that earned scores of Good in most of the PCWorld Labs’ testing categories. Our panel of judges rated the Lumix ZS20′s images as Good in exposure quality, color accuracy, and sharpness; in image distortion, however, we gave it only a Fair grade.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 and writes;
“Image quality is good, with good colour and detail and the high speed shooting and rapid focus certainly help get good shots. Video is impressive with a high speed option as well as the ability to record GPS information with videos.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 Video Review by CNETTV

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30 Video Review by CameraHouseAus

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Samples

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Panasonic.net

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Flickr.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Digitalcamerainfo

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Techradar.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Reviews.cnet.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Digitalcamerareview.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Trustedreviews

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Cameralabs

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Dcresource.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Cameralabs.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Digitalcamerainfo.com

- Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine.com

Manual

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Features

With a 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensors which combine with a Venus Engine feature, the camera provides high speed performance to capture stunning images quality even in low light conditions. While the 20x optical zoom increases its power to the equivalent of 40x which powered by Intelligent Zoom function and with the Intelligent Resolution Technology, it is able to reduce the deterioration of image quality.

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Additionally, the camera allows users to record amazing videos in 1,920x 1,080 50p Full HD AVCHD video with a stereo microphone. There is High Speed Video mode, which lets you capture super slow-motion videos where you can playback effects. Not only that, Panasonic DMC-ZS20 (TZ30) also comes with GPS (Global Positioning System) function which combined with map data.

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There are other interesting features which make taking photos more fun than before such as Creative Control mode which consists of Miniature Effect, Panorama Shot, Creative Retouch and Auto Retouch. Also, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which allows users capture beautiful images which supported by variety functions like HDR (High Dynamic Range) together with POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector, and more.

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1 Comment »

Comment by Nomadic Samuel
2012-05-20 23:31:17

It’s been great watching this series evolve over the years. The optical zoom capabilities it now has is phenomenal!

 

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