Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Lumix DMC-TZ30)

Announced Jan 31, 2012 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 480 mm (20×)
kgaston
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I bought this camera to replace an Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 I had bought two years earlier. That camera got a piece of dust or similar inside the lens, so all pictures show a smudge. This camera took decent pictures, but recently I dropped it on a dirt trail. Surprisingly it sustained no scratches, but the lens cover will not fully open or close now. When I turn on the camera is says "System Error Zoom". I found some YouTube videos on how to take both cameras apart and clean them, but I feel ...

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Bought as successor to an FX150, the ZS20 is always in my pocket so I've got many great photos I would have missed if I'd depended on my high-end pro cameras & lenses. Pluses:  Great 20:1 zoom, responsive, sharp lens, moderate low-light performance, good video. Minuses:  Complex menu, lens cover sometimes needs nudge to fully open, after a year of very heavy use camera may need to be retired in which case I'll replace it with another 14MP ZS20 as 18MP ZS30's smaller pixels are reported to be ...

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This camera was purchased cheaply, due to a closing down sale. I would not have bought this camera otherwise. It has won a lot of reviews, though the TZ25 has edged it in some. The image stabilizer is very good. The picture quality is fine, the speed in use is good most of the time except the slight delay when switching on in review mode. The touch screen is a bonus, you can take focus pictures of the target person or object. The TZ30 fixed a few issues of my trusty old TZ6 - mode dial does ...

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Old Master
 
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What may be a design defect causes the electronics to fail on this and similar models, which Panasonic will not acknowledge. When it works it is a wonderful camera, and mine lived in an air conditioned New York City apartment before it failed. Panasonic refuses to honor the one year warranty within the warranty period because they determined "moisture damage" to a connector on the main circuit board (a few pins appear to be corroded), but were not willing to discuss any other design defect ...

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JohnEwing
 
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Or rather, 5 stars for features and -2 for IQ. Giverny? Monet.

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JohnEwing
 
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Impressive features, around 50% of which I haven't touched yet and many of which I'll never need. My gripes are entirely with the image quality: even at low ISO with "intelligent" resolution the details appear smeared. I bought this as a replacement of my TZ3, but I'm beginning to regret it. Anyway, 2.5 stars for features and 0.5 for IQ. Panny can do better than this.

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consultant1027
 
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Instead of picking this camera apart on its own, I actually purchased all the competing models and used them. The ZS20 has no major flaws. Lens is sharper with less detail smearing in noise reduction than Sony HX90V. Sony does better in low light. ZS20 acceptable to ISO400 buy to much color noise above. Operates faster than HX90v. Sony slightly more accurate colors. Canon SX230 has least noise but auto focus in less reliable. Get Canon if noise is #1 for you. Fuji latest has virtually ...

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Marius Mioc
 
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CONS: NO BATTERY CHARGER! So if you have a spare battery, you cannot recharge it without rendering your camera unusable for a few hours. An all this just to keep the price with about 10 USD down. Or maybe they want to force you buy their expensive charger unit... This is absolutely stupid and inexcusable! So I rated the camera at 2 stars now to compensate my previous rating of 4 stars.

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Marius Mioc
 
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Pros: 1. excellent ergonomics and functionality 2. excellent lens 3. excellent ease of use 4. very responsive 5. excellent image stabilization Cons: 1. use of mechanical switch to toggle between photo taking mode and photo playing mode can cause you to miss important shots (if you forgot the switch in the wrong position) 2. noise levels at ISO 400 and up is quite significant 3. panorama mode poorly implemented (you cannot use the zoom; it produces fairly low resolution images; occasionally ...

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I have older generation and it's good enough. I wanted to have the new features, by they are useless. Problems: HDR- useless Panorama distorted and low resolution GPS slow

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