Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Lumix DMC-TZ30)

Announced Jan 31, 2012 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 480 mm (20×)
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The Lumix DMC-ZS20 is arguably the most full-featured travel zoom on the market. Its Intelligent Auto mode and decent set of manual controls combined with an elaborate GPS setup and 1080/60p movie mode make it a traveller's delight. Unfortunately its image quality is not as good as the rest of the package, and enthusiasts may miss things like RAW and manual focus.

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75%
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Good for

The traveler who wants a zoom that can cover all situations, a smart Auto mode, and a fancy GPS system with landmarks and maps.

Not so good for

Those seeking a full suite of manual controls (RAW included) and noise-free images at low ISOs.

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Other reviews
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Review
By: Imaging Resource (Jul 12, 2012)

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Panasonic Lumix TZ30 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Mar 8, 2012)

The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a serious advance to the TZ-series and delivers in every area. If you're after a pocketable, powerful and easy to use compact camera then the TZ30 is up there with the very best.

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DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Feb 27, 2012)

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is a very capable travel zoom camera that I enjoy using. Panasonic has improved the image quality to the point where I can now recommend the ZS20 (which was not the case for its predecessor), though it still needs some work. While I'm yet to try them, I'm pretty sure that Canon and Sony's latest travel zooms will best the ZS20 in the image quality...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Lumix DMC-TZ30) review

Panasonic originally invented the concept of a pocket super-zoom camera, but now shares this lucrative market with all the big names. As such when it comes to the annual update of its best-seller, the company is increasingly pulling-out all the stops to make improvements and stay a step-ahead of rivals. So now the latest ZS20 / TZ30 boasts a longer 20x optical range squeezed into a slimmer...

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