This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-ZS20 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Apr 26, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product ZS15 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one ZS15.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #37 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #481 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 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.
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-ZS20. 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has the following external dimensions 105 x 105 x 28 mm (41.34 x 23.23 x 11.02″) with the weight of 206 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 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-ZS20 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-ZS20 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact 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-ZS20 features a 14.0 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 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-ZS20 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 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.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-ZS20 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Lumix DMC-ZS20 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 provides a shooting life of 260, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20’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-ZS20’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-ZS20 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 can be called a Underclass 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 26. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 can be called a 26 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 can be called a 31 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.
|Announced||Apr 26, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Syncro|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.08 x 4.56 mm|
|Sensor Area||27.72 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4320 x 3240|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||105 x 59 x 28 mm|
|Battery Life||260 shots|
|Battery Type||260 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|