Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Review

Overall 36
Imaging 5
Features 27
Size 74
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expands to 6400)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 120 x 76 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Panasonic LZ30.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-LZ20 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jul 18, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Panasonic has replaced this product with their most recent model LZ30.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #229 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1130 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 380 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 has the following external dimensions 120 x 120 x 80 mm (47.24 x 29.92 x 31.5″) with the weight of 499 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 80mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 — 380 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 — 80 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 — 499 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 6400.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-LZ20 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-LZ20 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-LZ20 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 offers the highest battery life that reaches 380 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-LZ20 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (120 x 76 x 80 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 can be called a 38 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small battery life (380 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (499 g)
  • Big size (120 x 76 x 80 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 can be called a 12 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-LZ20
Announced Jul 18, 2012
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 2
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.8
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO 6,400
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 499 g
Physical Dimensions 120 x 76 x 80 mm
Battery Life 380 shots
Battery Type 380 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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