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Panasonic TZ20 review

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

Panasonic TZ20 Review: Photo samples

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

The Panasonic TZ20 is capable of picking up excellent textures and detail. View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

The Panasonic TZ20's sleek design and wide focal range made it perfect for street photography – particularly when shooting from the hip. View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

In mixed lighting, the Panasonic TZ20 still managed to reproduce colours accurately. View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

In high-contrast scenes the Panasonic TZ20 holds the highlights well and produces a nice range of tones. View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

The Panasonic TZ20's wide focal range let me stand at the back of a crowd hovered around this group of buskers and zoom in for a more intimate portrait of the guitar player. View the full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

Pinhole mode. Sometimes this effect worked well; other times it didn't at all. View full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

Stretch mode. This is the Stretch Tall effect, which makes an interesting picture with the right subject but it doesn't seem to be a mode one would use all that often. View full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

HDR mode. The Panasonic TZ20 HDR mode produces surprisingly subtle results compared to many other digital cameras with HDR functions. On one hand this is refreshing to see, but on the other the Panasonic TZ20's dynamic range is quite good already, and in many cases during this test the non-HDR version of a scene in tricky light conditions looked better. View full-size image

Panasonic tz20 review
Panasonic tz20 review

HDR turned off. The same scene as the image above, this time shot in Aperture Priority mode. View full-size image

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
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
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
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