Summary Panasonic DMC-TZ20

Prices Price
Camera only
$311
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 63
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 71
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 16x
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Aperture
Help f/3.3
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Wide angle
Help 24 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
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Also known as: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Replacement

Panasonic has replaced the Lumix DMC-TZ20 with the TZ25, TZ30 and TZ40.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 announced January, 2012
3D Takes 3D photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Has in-camera HDR

Compare the new Panasonic TZ25 vs the DMC-TZ20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 announced January, 2012
3D Takes 3D photos
Zoom More zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera

Compare the new Panasonic TZ30 vs the DMC-TZ20

Panasonic Lumix TZ40
Panasonic Lumix TZ40 announced January, 2013
3D Takes 3D photos
Zoom More zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen

Compare the new Panasonic TZ40 vs the DMC-TZ20

Videos

Panasonic ZS10 / TZ20 video test
  • Sample video
  • Demo
  • 1080p Full HD
Lumix TZ20 ZS10  FullHD Video
  • Sample video
  • Demo
  • Zoom
  • Autofocus

Pros

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The Panasonic DMC-TZ20 vs other recent compacts

Zoom Above average zoom Help
16x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type CMOS Sensor Help
Better in low light
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
220 fps
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

Cons

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The Panasonic DMC-TZ20 vs other recent compacts

HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Thickness Thick Help
1.3"
Announced Old Help
January, 2011
Weight Heavy Help
219 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Size Slightly large Help
Compact 105x58x33 mm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO

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Discussion

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crag (6:42 AM, July 27, 2012)
Hi
I wondered if anybody knew how to disable the AF Focus lamp when in iAuto mode. I wanted to be able to use the touch focus but without the red AF lamp illuminating. 
 
Avatar for wang wang (2:54 PM, March 09, 2012)
I have own and used this camera. I have never had problems of blur photo. All the photos i have taken are sharp and clear. The color reproduction is like the real thing. I think the reviewers that criticize this camera are enlarging the image to large poster size. If this is the case than all camera image will be blur. When i review the image i have taken on my PC monitor.  All image are sharp. However, i still cannot find a way to zoom till 135x as claim in some website. if anyone can do this please let me know.
 
Frank McDickkens (9:16 AM, January 08, 2012)
This Camera is amazing. For the perfect little travel camera. I have taken excellent photos with it. The picture quality is really good in daylight. But don't even bother trying to use it at night. IT really sucks at nighttime photos. It has excellent zoom and an easy to use menu interface. I bought it over the sony dmc hx9v because I'm not paying extra money just to buy a 3d sweep panorama feature.
 
Vipul Sachdeva (9:48 AM, October 07, 2011)
Honestly, I have found TZ10 to be a better deal and by far the best SLR camera in the market, period.
 
Avatar for Earn Money Earn Money (1:51 AM, August 09, 2011)
Is it possible to convert 30fps to 24fps without loosing much quality?
 
Rach Weiss (9:09 AM, July 08, 2011)
I'm a novice and looking to purchase this camera - is the image quality issues I'm reading about relevant only to those used to dslr's, or poor image quality full stop? I've narrowed my search to the TZ10, TZ20 or the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7 / HX9. Any help greatly appreciated!
 
Quietmuse (8:35 PM, June 15, 2011)
 how bad IS the picture quality? many online reviewers pick two major flaws - blurry images and inability to see what one is shooting when it is sunny. should i buy or not?
 
Ambrose (7:49 AM, May 02, 2011)
Please ... I want to know that the TZ20 shows up what I'm taking in broad sunlight than the Lumix I've had for the past 2 years ...and loved, apart from NOT being able to see what I'm shooting in daylight!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:10 PM, April 25, 2011)
Hi Engima, cameras usually offer a max "normal" ISO, but you can increase the ISO past that limit using a special feature. The reason for this is that the image quality usually suffers dramatically, so the camera company is saying sure you can use ISO 6400 if you want, but you should be aware your image quality will be much worse, so we're going to make it one step harder to turn on.
 
enigma (11:59 AM, April 16, 2011)
hey snapshot. could you plz tell me about boost iso 6400?? this cam has only 1600 iso. what is the different between normal iso 1600 and boost iso 6400... i am new to the digi cam world.thanxxx
 
Umeshishanka (11:57 AM, April 16, 2011)
hey snapshot. could you plz tell me about boost iso 6400?? this cam has only 1600 iso. what is the different between normal iso 1600 and boost iso 6400... i am new to the digi cam world.thanxxx
 
Freefieldindia (7:03 AM, April 14, 2011)
when will they launch in India
 
Alan (7:05 AM, March 20, 2011)
Hi, This sounds a camera great camera from a spec point of view. Some reports I've read now that it's been released is that the image quality is not as good as the previous TZ10, which was not as good as the TZ7 - have you guys run any photos? and can you offer an opinion please?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:16 PM, March 19, 2011)
Hi Bear, on our specs page we've listed all the resolutions and FPS we are aware of. Some cameras do have many different resolutions they record high FPS at, usually the higher the resolution the FPS. As far as we know 320x240 is the only resolution that the TZ20 records at high FPS.

As example, the Nikon P100 records at 320x240 @ 240fps, and 640x480 @ 120fps.

You can also use the explore feature at Snapsort to browse all cameras that shoot video at 60fps or higher.
 
Bear (0:52 PM, March 19, 2011)
Ok, so I found that it can record 220 fps video at QVGA (320×240) resolution, which isn't all that relevant really. Who watches stuff in that low resolution any more?
But I would like to know if it can record "slow motion" (high fps) video at higher resolutions also, and what the fps on those resolutions would be in that case.
Anyone know?
 
Bear (0:36 PM, March 19, 2011)
Does it really have 220 fps high speed video recording?
I can find no articles describing this anywhere...
How much slower would this be compared to normal recording? 5x?
 
knud (9:51 PM, February 11, 2011)
Sorry, no 24 p movies. Great zoom
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:47 PM, January 31, 2011)
Hi Andrew, from what I've read they'll be available in March, and pricing will be announced 30 days before they're available.
 
Andrewburns (4:06 AM, January 29, 2011)
hi there, when will this be on the market
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:09 PM, January 28, 2011)
Good catch, thanks, we'll fix that up asap.
 
Blitzbri182 (5:27 AM, January 28, 2011)
hello there. The sensor type is not CCD, it's CMOS. thank you