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Specification for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Main Features
Resolution 5.36
Optical Zoom 12
Battery Type Rechargeable

Features:
  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (16 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)
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    ★★★★★
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “Everything OK except exclusive dealer [no direct...”

    Written on: 10/02/2011 by thunderous (1 review written)

    Everything OK except exclusive dealer [no direct charger to camera , no cigarette's charger , the memory(MMC) 16 MB included only ; other memory(SD) not compatible with it like Transcend,Kingston & SanDisk . Value for money ,I bought it about 640$ 5 years ago . I suffer to charge the battery (switch off then charge it alone by adapter)… Read Full Review

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “I found this Lumix Fz20 a very nice camera in general,...”

    Written on: 12/10/2007 by natalielou (1 review written)

    I found this Lumix Fz20 a very nice camera in general, it can be simplistic on the 'simple' mode which is useful for quick flicks. However it can be altered to become more advanced for the more educated photographer… Read Full Review

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “I am not new to digital cameras, but when I found the...”

    Written on: 28/06/2005 by Steve Laugher (2 reviews written)

    I am not new to digital cameras, but when I found the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 in my local shop it was as if I had suddenly found the camera I was looking for in digital. The price was what I expect to pay, but what I got was far beyong what I expected for the price.
    The Leica lense system (13 lenses in 8 groups) gives the very best clarity I have seen in a digital camera, coupled with the fast response (I take a lot of natural history stuff) which allows me to capture the actual shot I want… Read Full Review

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 is a mixed bag. The lens...”

    Written on: 10/05/2005 by tedzebear (1 review written)

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 is a mixed bag. The lens is amazing along with image stabilization. It's fast to respond and images are beautiful. But the controls are too fiddly. The evf and screen will not brighten in low light - so forget taking pictures in the dark with an external flash! And you can't be sure if an external flash will fire as the settings have to be precise. Evf is low pixel and can become too cluttered with overlaid info. It's frustrating to own a camera with such… Read Full Review

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    Rarinrob's Response to tedzebear's Review

    Written on: 18/08/2005

    Perhaps you should have read the manual before using it. Yes, it is complicated, but that's only because it offers so many manual options for the user. Once you've experimented with it you soon get to know what's what. A slightly unfair review for what is a very good - and well-priced - camera.

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    Biffo1262's Response to tedzebear's Review

    Written on: 14/08/2007

    The comment about the quality of the EVF is a very fair one. You only have to look at the now obsolete Minolta Z series to see what is possible with a viewfinder - it was streets ahead of the FZ20. Yes it is a quality camera and I have owned one for two years but I don't let that blind me to the facts. The viewfinder is only one issue; the poor performance of the CCD in low light conditions and the max. ASA 400 rating leaves me VERY frustrated indeed. If Panasonic have improved the CCD noise issue and the poor performance of the EVF then later models will be worth considering. As it stands - if you favour using the viewfinder over the LCD perhaps you should look elsewhere or later models than the FZ20. If you want superb lens quality, the EVF isn't important and you don't want to shoot above 100ASA (200ASA is a tad noisy as well) then go for it as the build quality ,handling and picture quality at 100ASA are superb.

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    Photoboffin's Response to tedzebear's Review

    Written on: 23/02/2006

    I disagree...It is incredible value, pure quality, a joy to use and a reliable quality photogaphic tool.

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    Tedzebear's Response to tedzebear's Review

    Written on: 27/08/2005

    Sorry rarinrob I still hold my opinion. I have used complicated cameras for 40 years and always read the manual. However I was making a comparison with other complicated cameras who's manufacturers make them easier to use that Panasonic. Look at Kodak or Konica just to see how they use jog wheels and buttons that fall readily to hand and you can feel. Some of us have work hardened hands that just can't feel those silly little buttons. Its called ergonomics. Also these companies realise that the inventive user will want to use their cameras in less that ideal lighting conditions. So they have gain on the EVF so you can see the subject through the viewfinder in low light. Yes this camera is a beauty.. But It has flaws that take its overall value down. If panasonic would only listen and make just a few changes the FZ20 would be hard to beat. As it is, its a compromise.
    <br>I rest my case

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    ★★★★★
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “Overall, excellent value for money. The Panasonic...”

    Written on: 29/04/2005 by crramesh123 (1 review written)

    Overall, excellent value for money. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 has all features of a DSLR whilst at half the price. Truely great buy. (See good points)… Read Full Review

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “Great Looking, Great Performance, Lovely to handle and...”

    Written on: 25/02/2005 by bazthecat (20 reviews written)

    Great Looking, Great Performance, Lovely to handle and own. The Panasonic FZ20 must be digital photography's best kept secret. Like all Panasonic equipment, the FZ20 oozes quality. Very much like a 35mm camera to look at, the FZ20 offers a huge 12x optical zoom "yes optical zoom" plus a 4x digital zoom which gives an overall 48x zoom lens. The image stabilise has to be tried to be believed and even at 48x zoom, produces crystal clear hand held shots. The lens is made by Leica (and you… Read Full Review

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    Bazthecat's Response to bazthecat's Review

    Written on: 30/03/2006

    It's now been over 12 months since first buying the FZ20, and dragging it all over the place, the camera works as well as it did the day I cracked the box open.
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    <br>The pictures I have taken have been superb, and when using it, I still get the same buzz I did the day I bought it.
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    <br>This really is a stunning camera for a sensible price.
    <br>I would love the FZ30, but why?...
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    <br>I really do think that when it comes to any kind of TV or Video images, that you can pretty much buy anything Panasonic and relax in the knowledge you have one of the best products around.

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    ★★★★★
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “Comparative to my previous digitals, some with a...”

    Written on: 25/02/2005 by Big Richard (1 review written)

    Comparative to my previous digitals, some with a higher spec. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 rates the best for the money. (See Good Points)… Read Full Review

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

    “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 is very good! Not very...”

    Written on: 12/01/2005 by nikkigolfer (1 review written)

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 is very good! Not very expensive!… Read Full Review

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