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Panasonic TZ20 review

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

Panasonic TZ20 Review: Verdict

In the TZ20, it really seems as if Panasonic has pulled out all the stops. Serious upgrades to the Panasonic TZ10's feature set in the form of an expanded focal range, full HD video recording, touchscreen LCD and, yes, begrudgingly, a 3D mode, leapfrog Panasonic's travel zoom compact camera to the forefront of its competition.

And with the Panasonic TZ20 best price hovering just below the £300 mark on the UK high street, there's a lot of value for money to be had here.

Having the option for raw capture would be a very welcome addition, and some may be averse to the noise and smudging of details at higher sensitivities. But for all the capabilities and versatility the Panasonic TZ20 offers, it's quick AF, easy handling and overall strong image quality, it's hard to see why this latest Panasonic camera isn't the perfect travel camera.

We like

The Panasonic TZ20's focal range and Intelligent Zoom function make it a capable performer in nearly any situation. The touchscreen, while a bit redundant in capture, is brilliant in playback mode. Having more manual control was also a nice addition to the camera.

We dislike

Lack of raw capture. If you could shoot raw, the Panasonic TZ20 would be one of the top-tier compact cameras on the market.

Verdict

The Panasonic TZ20 fills every need for a compact camera to take on your travels. Its versatility, however, makes it a great all-rounder for everyday use, as well. Small, subtle and capable of producing sharp, punchy pictures, it's ideal for street photography or days out. But with the Panasonic TZ20 price at around £300, you could probably wait for other manufacturers to catch up with its feature set and grab it (or an equivalent) for a little bit less.

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
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