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Panasonic offers Lumix DMC-LZ20 budget 21X CCD superzoom

By dpreview staff on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMX-LZ20, a 21x superzoom camera offering a 25-525mm equivalent lens range. The camera is based around a 16MP CCD sensor, limiting its video capabilities to 720p video at 30 frames per second. This, combined with a mid-resolution 460k dot rear screen suggest Panasonic is aiming for the more modestly-priced end of the market (though prices haven't yet been announced).

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LUMIX LZ20 Super Zoom Camera Offers Users Shooting Versatility and Ease-of-Use

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic today announced the new LUMIX DMC-LZ20 which features a powerful 25mm ultra wide angle 21x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-525mm) lens with Optical Image Stabilizer.  A 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor and advanced image processing LSI supports shooting both high quality photos and video.

“The LUMIX LX20 is an ideal digital camera for users looking to capture exceptional, high-quality images in a compact camera body,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America.  “The camera’s 21x optical zoom can be extended to 48.5x*1 with the Extra Optical Zoom function to draw in distant subjects which is helpful in shooting dynamic landscapes.”

Blurring caused by a hand movement typically occurs in shooting using a high zoom setting, however, the LUMIX LZ20’s Optical Image Stabilizer prevents blur without deterioration of image quality.  Furthermore, linking smoothly with the camera’s 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor, the image processor produces high quality images even in high sensitivity recording at ISO 1600 and max. ISO 6400 in High Sensitivity mode.

To provide users with the ultimate ease of operation and reduction of error, the LUMIX LZ20 is equipped with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode.  A comprehensive integration of Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure, iA mode lets the camera do all the work so users are free to compose shots, aim and capture the subject. Face Detection sets appropriate AF/AE on the face of people in an image while removing the unwanted red-eye. Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash. Finally, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects one of six Scene modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation.  The LUMIX LZ20 can also produce a dynamic panoramic image in the camera by overlaying pictures shot horizontally or vertically with the Panorama Shot function.

In addition to capturing stunning photographs, the new LUMIX LZ20 also records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps in Motion JPEG. Users can enjoy high quality image playback that perfectly fits a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing together with HD (High Definition) photos taken in 16:9 aspect ratio. With the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 Lite Edition, videos can be easily edited and uploaded to YouTube to share with family or friends.

The LUMIX LZ20’s large, 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD assures high visibility in various lighting circumstances which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images.  The camera’s body design offers users a stable, comfortable grip despite it’s compact size. 

Pricing and availability will be announced 30 days prior to shipping.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit

*1 At 3-megapixel resolution

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• Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (3200 - 6400 with boost)
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–525 mm
Optical zoom21×
Maximum apertureF3.1 - F5.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range2 cm (0.79)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Screen LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Motion picture
  • Portrait
  • Sports
Scene modes
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food, Baby (birthday only)
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.80 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames )
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included109 MB internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)499 g (1.10 lb / 17.60 oz)
Dimensions120 x 76 x 80 mm (4.72 x 2.99 x 3.15)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo

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Total comments: 12
By kRunS (7 months ago)

Learn how to shoot in M (Manual) mode

By kRunS (Apr 6, 2013)

Check out the link below for more sample images

and check this link for lumix lz20 details

Double Dee
By Double Dee (Mar 12, 2013)

I used Lumix LZ20 to take these shots.. Take a Look

By kRunS (Dec 31, 2012)

very impressive performance by the lumix lz20

By ashish7t9 (Oct 16, 2012)

This is a budget camera for the people who wants a super zoom with minimal price. I am quite certain, no other company will give you any camera with same spec at this price. So before anyone comment the bad side of it, lets compare with other manufacturar and check what they can offer with this price. I will rate this camera as best at its price range.

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Luiz Sommerville Junior
By Luiz Sommerville Junior (Feb 6, 2013)

Yes, ashish7t9! "I will rate this camera as best at its price range." A great camera for value! Only a observation : for hd movies camera needs a SD speed 6 or high : in the specifications or in the manual there´s is nothing talking about this requirement.Greetings!

By buzzsolo (Sep 23, 2012)

Checked this out as I own the LZ8. I see it has yet to be released. Can't say I would be interested, it's got the same size sensor as my LZ8 and doubled the megapixels from 8 to 16! I don't know what Panasonic is thinking. The only thing I like is that it IS supposed to take 4 AA batteries and has a longer zoom (LZ8 only has 5x) but with that size sensor I can't imagine they'll sell many no matter how budget friendly it is.

By coastcontact (Jul 20, 2012)

They would have been smarter bringing back one of their older models. Apparently many people love the FZ50. I have an FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. That camera did include RAW format. Improvements on that camera would have been a wiser decision.

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By ConanFuji (Jul 19, 2012)

Loved the concept with Super CCD.
But No RAW?? Dealbreaker!
Not a fan of Panasonic anyway... Haha...

By peevee1 (Jul 18, 2012)

Don't they make 21x zooms in flat cameras now?

1/2.33" sensor + f/3.1-5.7 zoom=junk.

By Shunda77 (Jul 18, 2012)

It looks like a re-badged Fuji superzoom.

By Babya (Jul 18, 2012)

According to Panasonic's global site at, the DMC-LZ20 takes AA Battery and not a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger.

Can you check and confirm what kind of battery is used?

Total comments: 12