Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 review

March 19, 2011

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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The successor to our Compact Camera of the Year 2011 is here, and Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ20 with increased zoom lens, higher resolution and even more features could be the compact camera you are looking for.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 at a glance:

  • 14.1 million effective pixels
  • 24-384mm, 16x optical zoom
  • 1080i HD video
  • 3in, 460,000-dot touchscreen
  • GPS
  • 60fps burst mode
  • Street price around £349

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 review – Introduction

Panasonic’s previous flagship TZ model, the Lumix DMC-TZ10, was AP’s Consumer Compact Camera of the Year 2011. It was not just the impressive 12x optical zoom lens that won it the accolade, but a host of great features, too. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 replaces this model, and a glance at the specification suggests it offers significant changes to most of the key features.

Of the more notable refinements to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 it is the Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 16x optical zoom that is likely to stir the most interest. It has been expanded at both the wide and telephoto ends, and offers a staggering 24-384mm focal range.

Furthermore, with its super-fast frame rates, built-in GPS and both auto and manual exposure controls, this could well be the lightweight and versatile camera to keep in your pocket.

  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 preset, custom
  • Output Size: 4320x3240 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: None
  • Memory Card: Internal memory (15MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • White Balance Bracket: 3in, approx 460,000-dot LCD touchscreen
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in, 15.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor with 14.1 million effective pixels
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, panorama, 30 scene modes
  • Weight: Approx 219g (with battery and memory card)
  • Power: Lithium-Ion 895mAh battery included
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 16x, 24-384mm (equivalent f/3.3-5.9)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec
  • File Format: Still: JPEG. Video: MPEG, AVCHD and AVCHD Lite
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 2 or 5fps with continuous AF and 10fps in single AF all at 10MP, 40 or 60fps burst mode at 5 and 2.5MP respectively. self-timer
  • Dimensions: 104.9x57.6x33.4mm
  • Focusing Modes: Single AF, continuous AF. AF modes: Tracking, single, 11 point, face detection
  • ISO: Auto, ISO 100-1600
  • Metering System: TTL Intelligent Multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • RRP: 369.99
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI

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