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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 14.1 Megapixels
  • 8x Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens
  • 2.7" LCD
  • High Speed Autofocus
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent Scene Detection
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 6400)
  • HD Video Recording
  • Advanced Face Detection

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH20 is a 14.1Megapixel digital camera with an 8X zoom lens in a compact body. The lens starts at a wide 28mm and goes up to a long telephoto 224mm. This way you can shoot large subjects in a tight space or subjects far away. You can also get an Extra Optical Zoom up to 16.9x using the center of the CCD chip.

The camera is perfect for fast-moving subjects and in low light with features that include High Speed Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, and High Sensitivity ISO 6400. You can even capture HD quality video. Taking both stills and video is easy, framing and playing back your images on the 2.7"  230,000-dot high-resolution LCD screen. Other features that make taking photos easy include Advanced Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Detection, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, Intelligent ISO Control, Auto Backlight Compensation, and different Scene Modes.

After you take the photos the fun does not end. You can use Text Stamp to mark the birthday and name of your subjects right on the image. You can also enter your destination and the date of travel in advance in the Travel Date setting. The included PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Software allows you to organize and fix your photos. You can also create slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader, even in HD (High Definition) quality.

14.1-Megapixel High-Resolution CCD
The DMC-FH20 features a 1/2.33" CCD with effective 14.1-megapixel high-resolution.
2.7" 230,000-Dot High-Resolution LCD
The DMC- FH20 features a 2.7" 230,000-dot high-resolution Intelligent LCD and High-angle Mode.
28mm Wide-Angle 8x Optical Zoom Lens in a Compact Body
The DMC-FH20 features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high-quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm) in a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes an outstandingly slim and compact profile, yet achieves exceptional optical performance.
Up to 16.9x Extra Optical Zoom
The Extra Optical Zoom uses the center of the CCD to further extend the powerful 8x optical zoom when a resolution of less than 14.1 megapixels is used. This extends the zoom ratio up to 16.9x (35mm camera equivalent: 473mm) for images with 3-megapixel resolution or less. Adding the Extra Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 67.5x.
Sonic Speed AF
The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FH20 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second for auto focusing. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.
Quick AF
The DMC-FH20 features Quick AF. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed half-way, while Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject. This dramatically reduces the shutter delay time and lets you take images quickly. Its super-fast focus is ideal for capturing quick images of active children and pets. By setting the camera to Quick AF, images of sudden shooting opportunities won't be out of focus or blurry.
Fast Start-Up Time
The previous linear processing program has been replaced with parallel processing to save 0.23 second off the start-up time. This has resulted in ultra high-speed start-ups of approx. 0.97 second.
Release Time Lag
The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.006 second, making it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.
Venus Engine IV
The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-speed, high-performance shooting. Venus Engine IV also effectively raises the precision of various functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Along with its extremely high performance, Venus Engine IV reduces power consumption thanks to a number of energy efficiency improvements.
Extended Battery Life
The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery - which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies - work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH20. This lets users take approximately 300 shots on a single battery charge.
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
The Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you snap off consecutive shots at approx. 1.5 frames per second until the memory card is full. You can take a series of shots, then choose the one you like the best and delete the rest. You can also select High-speed Burst Mode or Flash Burst Mode from Scene Mode.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode by simply pressing the dedicated button and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose iA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. 4 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize the settings, so you get stunning photos every time.
Intelligent Scene Selector - Scene Detection
When the camera's in iA Mode, the Intelligent Scene Selector automatically sets the Scene Mode to one of Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, or Night Scenery. Sunset has also been added to the DMC-FH20. The camera judges the scene from the various detection results, such as the focusing and brightness levels of the circumstance. You are free from annoying settings every time the scene changes when taking images with these most frequently used Scene Modes. The scene modes will help you get beautiful results even before you know it.
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Shake Detection
The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-FH20 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images. The Venus Engine IV controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens with even greater precision to further increase the detection accuracy and correction effect of MEGA O.I.S. It works for zoom shots and macro shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake, and lets you shoot in dimly lit rooms or evening illumination to preserve the mood. In short, it lets anybody take beautiful, blur-free shots with ease.
Intelligent ISO Control - Motion Detection
The Intelligent ISO Control function in the DMC-FH20 made possible by the Venus Engine IV, detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, it automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when the subject is still and no movement is detected, it takes beautifully natural photos with a low ISO setting. Intelligent ISO Control gives you stunning images with ease because there is no need for complicated settings.
Face Detection AF/AE - Face Detection
The Face Detection AF/AE function detects faces and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure settings. It prevents the blurry faces that happen when the camera focuses on something in front of or behind the subject, and keeps faces from appearing dark when shooting indoors or against the light source. It detects up to 15 faces at a time, making it extremely convenient for group photos. Once the camera detects a face, Face Tracking follows it even when the subject moves around. Plus, the system keeps on detection if a face turns sideways to the camera. The DMC-FH20 is also equipped with Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal). The camera takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash, to ensure attractive facial expression.
Auto Backlight Compensation
When there is strong backlighting, the background appears nice and bright, but the subject is dark. This function detects backlight condition and compensates it automatically.
HD Movie Recording
The FH20 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-image recording even in low-light settings. The FH20 can also record full-size motion images in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).
Scene Mode
The Scene Mode lets the camera make the optimal settings for you automatically, so anybody can take superb photos with ease. The versatile Scene Mode range, which handles just about any situation and subject type, is a major LUMIX feature. And to make it even simpler to use, the icons and display are designed for easy visibility. The DMC-FH20 lets you store a frequently used Scene Mode setting in the My Scene Mode.
Macro Zoom
You can pull subjects even closer than the closest point possible with the wide-angle setting by using 3x digital zoom, and capture dramatic close-ups.
Selectable Focus Icon
When using 9-area AF, the camera automatically determines the most appropriate AF area from the nine points. This ensures accurate focusing even for difficult compositions. You can also select the AF setting from Face AF or 1-area AF. With the DMC-FH20, you can select the icon from among 6 types that appears when the shutter button is pressed half-way.
Slideshows
The DMC-FH20 can play a slideshow with music. Choose from 4 types of music: Natural, Slow, Swing and Urban. Then, select the transition effect to match your music. For musical slideshows created with the included PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0, you can choose your favorite iTunes music file as background music.
Text Stamp
The Baby Mode and Pet Mode let you enter the date of birth and name of your subject in advance. You can also enter your destination and the date of travel in advance in the Travel Date setting. The name, age based on the birth date, date of travel information, and date of shooting are displayed during playback, and can be printed on photos.
Quick Menu
Frequently used functions can be quickly retrieved and easily switched by using the Q.MENU button. The function names are displayed in text form, making them easy for anyone to understand and use.
View Photos on a Large-Screen HDTV
The DMC-FH20 can take 16:9 HD (high-definition) quality photos that perfectly fit a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing. You can enjoy slideshow of photos taken with the LUMIX in stunning HD quality by inserting an SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card in to the SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot with the VIERA HDTV (VIERA Image Viewer).
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 Software
The latest version of exciting PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 software comes bundled with DMC-FH20. With quick start-up and fast read-in of images, the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken, but also of those stored in your computer. The Face Recognition function recognizes the faces in the image, to automatically sort the photos by the registered faces without picking out each photo one by one when you only want images of a specific person. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader, even in HD (High Definition) quality. The new PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 also lets you create a 360° rotation panorama file in MOV. The software is, of course, compatible with the Windows 7. Experience and feel the outstanding benefits of the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0; it will allow you to view, edit and archive your captured photo and motion images with greater ease and fun.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 14.5 Megapixel
Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33" Primary Color Filter
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MJPEG
Max Resolution 14MP: 4320 x 3240
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens 9 elements in 7 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 5-40 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-224 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 5.9 (T) to f/18
Zoom Optical: 8x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.64' (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 6.56' (200 cm) - Infinity
Wide Macro: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
Tele Macro: 39.37" (100 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: Auto, 1600-6400)
Shutter 8 - 1/1600 seconds
15 - 60 seconds in Starry Sky Mode
Exposure Metering Multi
Exposure Modes Modes: Program
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Halogen, Manual
Burst Rate Up to 4.6 fps at 3 MP
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Remote Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 19.03' (0.6 - 5.8 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 10.50' (1 - 3.2 m)
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Built-in Memory 40MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video
Video Clip Length Limited by Memory Card Capacity
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 2.7" LCD (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity DC Input
DC Input
Power
Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 740mAh
AC Power Adapter AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.1" / 100.0 x 56.5 x 27.8 mm
Weight .30 lb / 136 g (Camera only)
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Black)
  • CGA-S/106B Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Panasonic USA Warranty
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    PanasonicLUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 262 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (164)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (87)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Image stabilization (196)
    • Zoom range/performance (194)
    • Nice body color (178)
    • Short lag time (139)
    • Easy to use (135)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (31)
    • Short battery life (15)
    • Lag / shutter delay (13)
    • Poor flash (11)
    • Limited zoom (6)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (207)
    • Travel (169)
    • Landscape/scenery (166)
    • Low light (124)
    • Video (69)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (155), Photo enthusiast (82), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (121), Yes (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Point and Shoot

    I am a serious photographer but don't always want to carry a bag of equipment with me! My grandson won his pack pinewood derby, and got to go to the district meet. I...Read complete review

    I am a serious photographer but don't always want to carry a bag of equipment with me! My grandson won his pack pinewood derby, and got to go to the district meet. I decided that instead of wagging around camera, lenses and other photographic stuff, I wanted to be able to catch snapshots of his race. I have an excellent point and shoot aps camera - but I couldn't get film in route to the race, so I was stuck with a disposable camera and a cell phone camera for his event.

    When I got home, I immediately began looking for a point and shoot digital with a good zoom for snapshots. After pouring over reviews for more cameras than I care to mention, I ran across the FH20. The 8x optical zoom, fast auto focus, image stabilization, HD video, and a large selection of scene modes convinced me to give it a try.

    I am very pleased with the camera for point and shoot snapshots! I found a wallet type case for it, and I keep it in my purse at all times.

    It takes great shots of the grand kids playing - the auto focus is fast, the facial recognition feature is spot on, The sport mode is great for catching the kids running, jumping and playing. The battery life is good for around 300 shots.

    I can catch good shots of the kids special events without having to carry (and babysit) a load of gear.

    Because the camera was selected for a specific purpose, and met all of the criteria I had established prior to purchasing, I have no complaints. Panasonic's description of the product was informative - and the camera more than meets my expectations.

    If you need a lot of control - stick with the dslr, but if you want the convenience of getting good shapshots while being able to participate in an event or activity - you can't beat it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Somewhat disappointed

    I have a digital SLR but don't like carrying it around with me constantly. I purchased this camera to carry around with me to take pictures of my kids. So far I am pretty...Read complete review

    I have a digital SLR but don't like carrying it around with me constantly. I purchased this camera to carry around with me to take pictures of my kids. So far I am pretty disappointed. It's very basic as far as settings go. I have had problems with pictures turning out too dark, and unfortunately you can't manually change the ISO to compensate for this. The focus is not nearly as crisp as I would hope for, it is actually quite soft.
    Am I expecting too much for a camera in this price range?

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    1.0

    Worst camera ever!

    By Chercur

    from Calgary Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Black):

        I switched from a Canon because the reviews for this camera were very good, what a shock I got when the pictures I took were lacking in focus, crispness and color. What a disappointment. It doesn't improve no matter what scene mode you choose. I will scrap this camera and go back to Canon, don't waste your money on this one.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        I'm enjoying using this camera

        By DD

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

          This is my first camera. It has special features, but it's also made so that a novice like me can easily use it.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Little Camera

          By BugsMe

          from Illinois

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

          I bought this camera for a recent trip. I am not a "photographer," so I wanted a camera which would be easy to use in all settings (day, night, indoors, outdoors) without having to change the settings. I took hundreds of photos in different light settings and using the zoom feature while using only the IA (Intelligent Auto) setting. Every picture turned out great. Flash pictures were never too bright and outdoor shots were spectacular. Battery life was good with battery life remaining over 3 days and hundreds of shots.

          There was a bit of a lag in writing to the card even using a Class 6 SDHC card with plenty of capacity, but as I wasn't taking action shots, it wasn't a big issue. In the future, I will try a Class 10 SDHC card to try to improve lag time.

          Overall, for the price, this is a great-performing, easy-to-use camera.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Very happy with my pictures!

          By Laras

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

            I visited New York for the first time and I bought this camera when I arrived there. Back in Argentina, everybody flattered the quality and sharpness of my pictures!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great features and even better images

            By gear junkie

            from Boston MA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

              This camera starts off by taking very true to color pictures on its most basic settings and goes on to offer the most options I've seen in a camera in this price range. The black and whites are wonderful, the option for extended shutter times for night pictures is great, and there are so many different options. I have yet to try them all out, but like the ones I've seen so far. Is light weight and the battery seems to be pretty long lasting too. Takes a bit longer to store photos than other cameras I've used, but is a great product.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Decent camera, fair price

              By richieb

              from Westport, Connecticut

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                Bought a series of Panasonic cameras for a wedding one of which was the FH-20. Camera is step up from FH-2, which were given out. FH-20 has larger lens, more zoom power. Excellent shots in daylight. Flash is adequate for close up night or indoor shooting, but any distance pics become grainy. This is to be expected. No shutter lag, compact enough for pocket and good size LCD. I shoot Canon Digital SLR as my main camera, but have found Panasonic point and shoots to be reliable for these types of scenarios, with no repair issues.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Buy it if u want a simple camera

                By Sam

                from bellevue , wa

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                  Everything single thing is great about the camera

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  The Perfect Pocket Camera

                  By Casual Camera Geek

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                    This is my second Lumix. It's easy to use and takes great photos.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very pleased with camera's features

                    By Blackbart

                    from Sugar Land, Texas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                      I use camera for general picture taking and extreme close ups of small items. It has features found in many higher priced cameras and is backed by Panasonic's reputation for reliability. A great product with a reasonable price.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Pretty Good for the Price

                      By gumboho

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Bulky size

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Red):

                        I've had better; the navigation buttons feel a bit plastic. I miss my Canon Powershot, but this camera is a great sidekick fo a DSLR. It's quick and the shots are pretty good.

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                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Picture quality is not great

                        By Nat

                        from Atlanta GA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Poor Image Quality
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Red):

                        Picture quality is not so great. Produces grainy pictures in low light conditions. Planning to return it to B&H.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 6
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Panasonic wows yet again

                        By orthotomeo

                        from la paz, bolivia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Excellent zoom
                        clean and crisp 720p HD video
                        battery life is a bit lacking
                        wide aperture

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        A camera for the rest of us

                        By Ed

                        from RAF Lakenheath, U.K.

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I had a Canon A70 which was stolen and this the replacement. The FH20 is a superior camera for much less money. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, yet takes great still and video. As has been noted the telephoto is noisy when shooting video, but that's about my only complaint. The FH20 has most of the features found on the the more expensive top of the line point and shoot cameras. I would like a viewfinder.

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                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Decent Bang for the Buck

                        By Mom of Toddlers

                        from Chicagoland

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I have two toddlers, so I need a camera to be quick, to have a good zoom, and to work indoors and out. Using iA (intelligent Auto) is a must for quick indoor shots, since Normal mode results in poorly lit and blurry photos. Outdoor photos were fine in Normal mode.

                        Pros for this camera are the quick start-up time, large display, handy iA button, clear pics, long zoom, and small size. Cons are the lag time between photos (about 2-3 seconds lag while camera stores photos--and I got a highly-rated class 6 memory card) and poor indoor shooting in normal mode. For the price, the pros outweigh the cons--but I sure do wish I could take pictures in faster succession without the work of turning the burst mode on.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera..Easy to Use

                        By redmarebyers

                        from Byers Colorado

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Red):

                          Great small camera that is very easy to use with excellent features and clarity of picture. The Zoom and wide angle are simple and the camera shoots well in low light!!

                          I am excited to take this camera to Europe with me in June and know I will get fabulous pictures!!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Camera at a Great Price

                          By Shep

                          from Atlanta, Ga.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

                          The picture quality and clarity are great. The camera has screen prompts which are very helpful with all of its many features. There are only two things that I'm not fully satisfied with 1) The low lighting capability of the camera is very poor. 2) The video doesn't seem to have a pause feature allowing you to move to another location without filming within the same clip. But for a 14 megapixel camera with 720P video resolution at this price you cant expect it to have every feature a 400 dollar camera would. Also once the video clip is started the zoom feature is no longer available and neither is focal adjustments but this has not been a problem for me. It has a very wide angle lense which I find even more useful than telephoto for taking shots in tight areas and still getting everything in the shot. The 20x optical zomm is amazing, the first time I tried it out with video on 720p I was really sold at that moment I realized the quality of this camera was actually better than cannon model I had at twice the price. The only other thing I noticed was that when panning your camera during a movie the frame shots can get somewhat jerky but again at this price and with this picture quality what more could you ask for. Maybe a few hundred dollars so I could get the super deluxe.

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                          • 7
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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          great camera!

                          By Leeanne47

                          from Beeton, Ontario

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                            This camera gives you a lot of picture for a great price. Very easy to use and the pictures are fantasic. I did some research before deciding to go with this one, would recommend to my friends/family.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            The Perfect little package

                            By JO the Mom

                            from Landstuhl, Germany

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Travel

                              Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

                              Travel, kids daily activities...all places when you need to capture the moment without the heavy gear!

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 8
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              easy to use

                              By cindy

                              from silver spring, md

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Blue):

                                very easy to use, very compact in size

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 9
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                'Pleased customer

                                By The Historian

                                from St. Helen, MI 48656

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Nice Body Color
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                                • No Viewfinder

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about LUMIX DMC-FH20 Digital Camera (Silver):

                                I have only had this camera for a few days so my opiniion is not too solid I did research before buying the camera and thought that the Panasonic was a good buy and would meet my simple needs. [...] I am just learning the capibilities of the camera but it is doing quite well. I ordered a card and a case but I should order a second battery for emergencies.[...]

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                                • 7
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                                • No

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