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Panasonic TZ20 review

With its 24-384mm focal range, is this the ultimate travel compact?

Our Verdict

For

  • Incredible focal range
  • The touchscreen is brilliant in playback and Touch AF mode
  • More manual control

Against

  • Lack of raw capture
  • Touchscreen seemed rather pointless for zooming or pressing shutter in capture mode

Panasonic TZ20 Review: Overview

In updating a camera released just a year ago, one would (or has become accustomed to) expect a few tinkers to the design and maybe a new scene mode or two.

But with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20, Panasonic has made a number of significant changes to its flagship consumer compact that, at least on paper, mark a significant improvement over the TZ10.

The biggest standout over its predecessor is the Panasonic TZ20's staggering focal range. Beating the TZ10's 12x optical zoom, the TZ20 brings a new 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with an incredible reach of 24-384mm that effectively pins the cape on this super-zoom compact.

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

The Panasonic TZ20 keeps the 1/2.3in sensor size, but with 14.1 million effective pixels in its new CMOS sensor, the Panasonic TZ20 marks another significant upgrade over the TZ10's CCD sensor with 12.1 million effective pixels.

The overhaul continues with the addition of 1080p HD video recording, a 3D shooting mode and a GPS function.

Perhaps the most Marmite-like feature of the Panasonic TZ20 specs list, however, is its 3in, 460,000-dot LCD screen with touch screen functionality.

With the touch functionality enabled, photographers can press any area on the screen they want to be in focus and the AF system locks on to that subject, tracking it as you or the subject moves.

The touch shutter mode also also allows you to eschew the shutter button altogether and take a picture simply by pressing the LCD with your finger. What's more, the Panasonic TZ20 allows you to zoom in and out of your scene via the LCD screen. No doubt this will prove handy for some, but an annoyance for others.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)197 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Flash Memory Capacity18 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution15.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height57.6 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 68.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ20
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ20 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ20EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-TZ20 features a 24mm ultra wide-angle 16x optical zoom LEICA DC lens(35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm), including Nano Surface Coating technology which dramatically reduces ghost and flare. The 16x optical zoom is also available in movie recording. The 24mm wide-angle lens captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to a normal 35mm lens. The 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor enables to shoot 10 fps in full resolution. The Venus Engine FHD, featuring Intelligent Resolution technology and 21x Intelligent Zoom, is also incorporated.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ20 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker