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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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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!!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 7
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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.[...]

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 7
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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