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Just Posted: In-depth Review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30

By dpreview staff on Apr 27, 2012 at 00:21 GMT

Just published: Jeff Keller's in-depth review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (TZ30 outside the US). The ZS20 is the slimmest 20x zoom camera on the market, with a lens covering a 24-480mm equivalent range and featuring the company's latest Power O.I.S stabilization. The 14MP high-speed MOS sensor allows the ZS20 to autofocus in as little as 0.1 seconds, and shoot at up to 10 frames per second (5fps with AF-tracking). It also has GPS and an updated mapping function to show photos on a map with greater detail. The ZS20 can capture 1080p60 movies in AVCHD or, in an interesting step for one of the creators of AVCHD, it can shoot 1080p30 in MP4 format.

This review is based on one originally published at The Digital Camera Resource Page, enhanced with a full set of our own product images, our usual studio comparisons and an expanded samples gallery, plus the addition of a standard dpreview score. We've been fans of Jeff's work at dcresource for years and we'll be working with him to bring some of his top-quality reviews to dpreview.com in the coming months. We want to give you as much high-quality content as we can, in as timely a fashion as possible and we believe this is a great way of diversifying our reviews. Let us know what you think.

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Gesture
By Gesture (Apr 27, 2012)

Jeff has paid his dues. Good move.

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IEBA1
By IEBA1 (Apr 27, 2012)

Love Jeff's Stuff. Hopefully he's getting paid what he's worth here. I bought my Canon S2 IS and used it heavy for 5 years per his recommendation.

Jeff's recent review of the ZS15 was much more favorable than the ZS20.
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/panasonic/dmc_zs15-review

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Apr 27, 2012)

Good move, always liked Jeff's no nonsense approach.

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BayAreaWZ
By BayAreaWZ (Apr 27, 2012)

Yes! What a great move. More Jeff on the site please!

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Apr 27, 2012)

These little Panasonic Lumix are amazing cameras, I still have the TZ6 for when I need to travel light

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FRANCISCO ARAGAO
By FRANCISCO ARAGAO (Apr 27, 2012)

Please more reviews like this.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Apr 27, 2012)

More coming soon :)

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Apr 27, 2012)

"More coming soon :)"

Just don't overlook the Nokia 808 ;-) Eagerly awaiting the review.

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yslee1
By yslee1 (Apr 27, 2012)

I love Jeff's reviews - he writes in a way most of my non-tech inclined friends can understand. Good to see his work appearing here too!

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riccichang2004
By riccichang2004 (Apr 27, 2012)

Same price as 10mp LX5, but IQ not nearly as good.
I guess I will forget about the long lens range and stick with LX5.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 27, 2012)

They can make a nice pair. ZS to shoot long and LX for wide and near. Still much smaller than a m4/3 with two lenses.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
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lksdpr
By lksdpr (Apr 27, 2012)

Great idea

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alaska_tim
By alaska_tim (Apr 27, 2012)

Brining in Jeff is a great idea. I hope to see continued collaboration in the future.

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