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 the 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.

Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Includes

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • DVD (Map included)
  • Panasonic Warranty

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
Aperture F3.3 - 6.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 8.0 (W), F6.4 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 20x
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 40x
12 elements in 10 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces / 2 ED Lenses)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
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 Yes
Focus 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
Exposure 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 Yes
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 Yes
Set Favorites Yes
Show Histogram Yes
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Retouch Creative Retouch / Auto Retouch
Resize / Cropping Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
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
LCD 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
Interface mini HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High Speed
Power 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)
Weight 184 g (0.41 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
206 g (0.45 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
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