Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20 14.1MP Digital Camera, 1/2.33" MOS Sensor, 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens, 3" LCD, 20x Optical Zoom, USB, White

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About Panasonic DMC-ZS20

The Panasonic DMC-ZS20 pocket-sized compact camera boasts a 20x optical zoom in both photo and video recording. With a powerful zoom, a 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and the ability to shoot full-High Definition (HD), the Lumix ZS20 is an extremely versatile point-and-shoot model. The ZS20 also features a large, 3.0-inch 460,000 dot Smart Touch LCD screen, Lumix Image Uploader and flexibility of USB charging or conventional AC adapter charging methods.

The LUMIX ZS20 features a new mechanical structure and optical system to further improve image quality and with Nano Surface Coating technology, the LUMIX ZS20 offers stunning image clarity with minimized ghosting and flare. Beyond the quality of its lens, the LUMIX ZS20 integrates an enhanced built-in GPS functionality, making it easy for users to pinpoint locations where photos were taken and share with family and friends on internet maps.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (15),Easy to use (13),Convenient (9),Durable (7),Inexpensive (7),Image stabilization (5),Exceeded expectations (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (3),Landscape/scenery (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Features

  • Powerful 20x Optical Zoom: The DMC-ZS20(TZ30)'s powerful 20x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm) draws your subjects right up close and lets you freely capture decisive sports scenes, along with the natural expressions of people and animals and details that you can't even see
  • 40x Intelligent Zoom: The Intelligent Zoom is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, however, you can even draw the subject 2x closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology
  • 24mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens: The 24mm ultra wide-angle lens - rare on a compact camera - gives you a wider range of composition possibilities with approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to that of 35mm camera. The super-high-quality LEICA DC lens minimizes distortion at the wide end
  • LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens: The LEICA DC lens system that achieves both high image quality and small size is redesigned to further extend its powerful zoom to 20x (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm)
  • Nano Surface Coating: The Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating boasts extremely low reflectance ratio and it is applied to DMC-ZS20(TZ30) for exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity by minimizing flaring and ghosts
  • POWER O.I.S: The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed
  • 1920 x 1080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) Full HD Video in AVCHD Progressive Format: The DMC-ZS20(TZ30) can record high-resolution full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
  • Progressive Recording: 1080/60p / 1080/50p (progressive) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture
  • High Quality Sound: Incorporating a stereo zoom microphone, the videos also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the video. Mechanical noise caused by a zooming operation is suppressed to improve the clearness
  • 20x Optical Zoom in Video Recording: The powerful 20x optical zoom with 2-step zoom function is available in video recording
  • Auto Wind Cut Function: The Auto Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind automatically making the human voice to stand out
  • Creative Control: The Creative Control renders highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings. In Miniature Effect Mode, the video recorded is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch
  • High-speed Video: High-speed videos at 220 fps in QVGA size (320 x 240 pixels) let you capture scenes that you can't see with the naked eye and play them back in dramatic slow motion
  • 14.1-megapixel MOS Sensor: The 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is newly developed for the DMC-ZS20(TZ30) for even higher image quality. This boasts better S/N ratio compared with the 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor in the DMC-ZS10(TZ20)
  • Venus Engine: The DMC-ZS20(TZ30)'s Venus Engine processes large amount of progressive full HD data at high speed. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine, the Venus Engine realizes a super-fast response time
  • Intelligent Noise Reduction system: The excellent S/N ratio of the MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine make both photos and videos shot at any sensitivity from low to high and boast outstanding clearness
  • Intelligent HDR: The DMC-ZS20(TZ30) integrates Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the iA Mode. Several still pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure)
  • GPS System with World Map Information: You can copy the map data of designated city to an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card out of a bundled map DVD which comprehends detailed map of approx. 90 countries worldwide on a scale of 1/25,000 or more precise

Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
14.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1/2.33-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor / 15.3 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
F3.3 - 6.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 8.0 (W), F6.4 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom
Focal Length
f = 4.3 - 86 mm (24 - 480 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
(28 - 560 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
28.1x (4:3 / 7M), 33.8x (4:3 / 5M), 42.2x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom
12 elements in 10 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
2-Speed Zoom
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (Only for Motion Picture) / Off)
Digital Zoom
4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
AF Macro / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp
Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), AF Tracking
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23-area) / 1-area / Spot / Touch Area
Shutter Speed
Approx. 15 - 1/2,000 sec
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
3D Image: MPO
Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4, QuickTime Motion JPEG (on High-speed Video)
Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
Intelligent Auto, P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), C1 (Custom), C2 (Custom), 3D Photo, Scene, Creative Control
Creative Control Mode
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, High Dynamic, Toy Effect, Miniature, Soft Focus
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, Underwater, High-speed Video
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image: 10 frames / sec, Max. 10 images
with AF Tracking: 5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec, Max. 100 images
Intelligent Burst Shooting
High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 40 frames / sec (recorded in 5M)
Approx. 60 frames / sec (recorded in 2.5M)
Motion Picture Recording: HD (1920x1080)
[NTSC Model]
AVCHD, 60p (GPH, PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
AVCHD, 60i (GFS, FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD, 50p (GPH, PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
AVCHD, 50i (GFS, FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
Motion Picture Recording: HD (1280x720)
[NTSC Model]
AVCHD, 60p (GS, SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
MP4, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD, 50p (GS, SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
MP4, 25fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
Motion Picture Recording STD Video
640 x 480 pixels (VGA): [NTSC Model]
MP4, 30fps (4Mbps)
[PAL Model]
MP4, 25fps (4Mbps)
Motion Picture Recording
High Speed Video: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA), Motion JPEG, 220 fps
Continuous Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GPH, PSH]: Approx. 55 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GFS, FSH]: Approx. 65 min
MP4 with picture quality set to [FHD]: Approx. 70 min
Actual Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GPH, PSH]: Approx. 30 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GFS, FSH]: Approx. 35 min
MP4 with picture quality set to [FHD]: Approx. 40 min
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, ±2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing
1/3 - 1 EV step, Max. ±1 EV, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 - 6400)
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
Still Image Recording (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
4,320 x 3,240 pixels (14M),
3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ),
3,072 x 2,304 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Still Image Recording (3:2 Aspect Ratio)
4,320 x 2,880 pixels (12.5M),
3,648 x 2,432 pixels (9M EZ),
3,072 x 2,048 pixels (6M EZ),
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ),
640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Still Image Recording(16:9 Aspect Ratio)
4,320 x 2,432 pixels (10.5M),
3,648 x 2,056 pixels (7.5M EZ),
3,072 x 1,728 pixels (5.5M EZ),
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Still Image Recording (1:1 Aspect Ratio)
3,232 x 3,232 pixels (10.5M)
2,736 x 2,736 pixels (7.5M EZ)
2,304 x 2,304 pixels (5.5M EZ)
1,920 x 1,920 pixels (3.5M EZ)
1,536 x 1,536 pixels (2.5M EZ)
480 x 480 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality
Fine / Standard (3D Mode: MPO Fine / MPO Standard)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / White Balance Adjustment
Color Mode
Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Vivid (in P / A / S / M Mode), Happy (only in iA Mode)
Digital Red-Eye Correction
Yes (Red-Eye Removal)
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, GPS Area, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Yes (Touch Magnification)
Calendar Display
Set Favorites
Show Histogram
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Creative Retouch / Auto Retouch
Resize / Cropping
Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation
Video Divide
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
3.0" (7.5 cm) TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 6.4 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.3 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in Memory
Approx. 12MB
Microphone / Speaker
Stereo / Mono
mini HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High Speed
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895 mAh)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Included, connect with USB cable, playback only)
Battery Life
260 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
104.9 x 58.9 x 28.2 mm (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.11 inch)
184 g (0.41 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
206 g (0.45 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
Mfr #

Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Reviews

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Reviewed by 16 customers

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Amazed what Panasonic packed in camera


from Madison, WI

I've used this camera for a few months and each time I use it I learn even more about all the options and controls. I still need to read to full-length manual, but the short get-started manual is a good start. I don't think I'll get board anytime soon checking out all the features. One thing that some people may have gotten frustrated with is… in some ways it’s not the typical consumer point and shoot. You need to try out the settings, see what works for various circumstances and what doesn’t.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Think about the DMC-ZS19


from Huntington Sta, NY

Purchased the DMC-ZS20. Have yet to figure out the GPS on the camera. Turned it off, while in Asia. It took really good photo's, especially through windows riding on a bus. I do find the battery life is very short and will shortly purchase a second battery. Most of all I miss a view finder. In bright sunshine I cannot see the image on the LCD screen. I purchased this camera because of the lens speed and size. I do most of my photography with a DSLR. This camera was bought to put into my purchase and I do not have a good camera on my phone. Did take my photos with it in Asia. Hope Panny comes up with a camera the size of the DMC-ZS 19 or 20 with a lens finder.


This Camera suits my photo needs


from Chattanooga, Tn  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted another small compact camera that will take great pictures when my SLR is not needed. This is a very good camera.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


External Battery Charger Available


from USA

I bought one when I purchased the camera, and only because the many reviews I read listed this as the primary CON on the ZS15 and 20 models. It's not made by Panny but works just the same. I got an extra battery as well so I can swap them out, presto-change-o, when I'm on the go. No worries.


Great little camera


from Bel air, md  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my third lumix, the Leica lens is great and the zoom gets better with each new model

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Correcting a misunderstanding regarding charging


from Oregon

I just want to focus on one issue. Geoff reviewed this camera but unfortunately he didn't realize that an external charging solution is possible (although it might be a little difficult to source) but there are two parts together that can provide the external (and therefore faster charging needed).

(29 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera, beware what is missing!


from Undisclosed

I was so excited to buy this camera as an updated replacement for my DMC-TZ5. I have always LOVED the Lumix cameras from Panasonic, but BEWARE there is NO external battery charger available. Which means you can only charge the battery inside the camera. This might not be a big deal to you, but I loved that I could buy an extra battery and be shooting pics, while charging the other battery. I have never owned a Panasonic camera that didn't have an external charger. Was more than a little disappointed to learn this AFTER I bought the camera.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


from Portland, OR

Panasonic Lumix zs20, I have had this camera for a few weeks and have taken hundreds of pictures and tested all the video functions, all work so well and the pictures and video even look great on my Panasonic plasma television, the 3-D capability of the camera is so great to see on the television, so much better than I had expected, to have the ability to put the SD memory card from the camera into the telrvision is such a huge plus and works so well. If I were to loose or break this camera today I would replace it with the same one, it is so user friendly.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)




from St Louis, MO

I have had a series of Lumix DMC cameras for a few years now, this one offers great zoom and pretty decent detail, colors are a bit weak, and hot spots (light) have a tendency to bleed into the colors giving the images a washed out look. But in overcast days, evenings, early morning, stunning images I would recommend this camera for its all around features, especially for travel, or easy carry situations, perfect pocket camera. Good camera for the $$$$

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)




from Houston, TX

I'm a LUMIX fan, so I decided to buy this camera because of its potential and all the features it has. What a mistake! The quality of the pictures is just average (a lot of noise and poor colors). Autofocus is no that fast and sometimes it doesn't work, specially at mid range distances in automatic mode, so pictures are sharpless. Even the GPS is not relocating properly and it labels the pictures with previous pictures locations.The only thing I would recommend about the camera is the Full HD video recording mode, as we're used to see in Panasonic's digital cameras. But I supose you don't want this kind of camera just for recording videos. Be careful with the zoom, its noisy when you change it and seems weak. In fact, it fails autofocusing at mid range distances in my case. If you like useful and good quality cameras, don't buy this one. Don't get wrong with such an amount of promising features, its most important features doesn't really success.


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Reed N  do you have this camera in red?
THOMAS D. L  Reed asked if the you have the camera in Red. I purchased a White Color Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20w. I have been using the camera for almost a month and have not found anything I don't like about the camera!!!!! Pictures & Video have been excellent in my opinion.
Shopper  dose take panorama shots?
PIOTR R  It does but it is very lousy quality - when viewed at 100% details are smudgy. I've decided to never use it - waste of time.
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