Panasonic TZ20 review

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

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Panasonic TZ20 Review: Image quality and resolution

As part of our image quality testing for the Panasonic TZ20, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Panasonic TZ20 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

ISO 100 – 20 View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

ISO 200 – 20 View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

ISO 400 – 18 View the full-size version

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

ISO 800 – 14 View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

ISO 1600 – 14 View the full-size image

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.6 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 68.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-TZ20
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ20 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ20EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

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