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PanasonicLumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 245 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (157)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (209)
  • Zoom range/performance (208)
  • Good image quality (206)
  • Compact (188)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (176)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (56)
  • Short battery life (36)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • No image stabilization (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (183)
  • Family photos (166)
  • Landscape/scenery (164)
  • Sports/action (97)
  • Video (96)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (101), Photo enthusiast (96), Semi-pro photographer (28), Photography student (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (205), Yes (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive!

I've been waiting for the latest to upgrade from my Lumix ZR3 and I found it.
Picture quality is at least as good as from the ZR3 which is pretty darn good for a...Read complete review

I've been waiting for the latest to upgrade from my Lumix ZR3 and I found it.
Picture quality is at least as good as from the ZR3 which is pretty darn good for a pocket camera. Most impressive, aside from the 24mm to 480mm zoom is the burst speed. It just captures anything that moves including my dog in full flight. Everything is much faster. Autofocus is nearly instant. HD movie is of fantastic quality and with stereo sound. Menus are easy to navigate, even without my reading glasses. The zoom works very quiet and smooth and the camera has a nice grip and feel.
Getting back to picture quality, it is as good as I would expect from a camera this size. I also took the Canon S100 home and have decided that the slightly better IQ is not worth missing out on all the extra features that this ZS20 has, including faster focus,faster burst speed and of course the 20x zoom. Much to my own surprise, it's the Canon that has to go back.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

ZS20 problem

After extensive IQ testing of a ZS20 unit and comparison with my ZS7 it became obvious the ZS20 I got suffered from a rather large area of the image (about 25% in lower right...Read complete review

After extensive IQ testing of a ZS20 unit and comparison with my ZS7 it became obvious the ZS20 I got suffered from a rather large area of the image (about 25% in lower right quadrant) being out of focus. The excessive noise and randomly blotchy areas can be seen at 100X in photos taken even at 100ISO at different focal lengths and are quite unsettling. At higher ISOs (above 400) the noise is annoyingly distinct. The color rendition though as well as the HDR function are excellent. The slow motion, 3D and panoramic modes render images of somewhat disappointingly low resolution although are quite impressive and entertaining (and can be useful). The extreme zoom function is remarkable in itself thanks to the outstanding OIS, though hardly useful for anything but amazement and curiosity.

The video function is outstanding!

Hope these deficiencies are only found in that single unit I got and will be absent in the next one I ordered as replacement.

Reviewed by 245 customers

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4.0

Excellent compact camera.

By pablax

from Montevideo, Uruguay

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Flash

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

I bought it, since my baby born, to take good pics everywhere i go.
Versatile, compact, perfect for travel. Great zoom for its size. I have an DMC -FZ40 also, but never touched it since i bought this new one. Its much more confortable carry a small versatile camera.
The only thing i have to regret is the night indoor shots, and its flash.
Its FullHD Video is excellent!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Nice camera, but has mechanical issues.

By Chief G

from Maryland

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lens Cover Failed
  • Video Not So Good
  • Zoom Rocker Stuck

Best Uses

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

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

I liked the camera's features and nice, sharp images. The viewfinder is very good. Unfortunately the protective lens shutter jammed within the first year and had to be returned under warranty. It was repaired and returned. The problem has occurred again and is intermittent. The sutter won't close or open all the way, and when it's only partially open it causes significant vignetting.

Video shot with this camera is mediocre, it's ok in a pinch, but don't expect great video.

In addition to this problem, the zoom rocker became very stiff and sticky, for no apparent reason. Due to these reliability problems, I cannot recommend this camera.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Everything in one small package

By Mikey

from Trussville, AL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Flash

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

The wide angle is perfect for group shots. The 20X zoom is fantastic. The anti shake mode works great. I can get great hand held available light shots.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Very Good Camera:)

By Ania

from Illinois,Chicago

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

    Nice body,good quality,I like it!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Awesome Camera

    By Audrie

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

        Love the GPS feature on it!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bang for the buck

        By Kayaker

        from Great White North

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good Point Shoot Camera
        • Great Zoom
        • LEICA LENS

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Low light noise

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

        Two years ago I biught a ZS15 as I could not afford the ZS20. This time around at $ and needing an all around camera for one of the kids, I selected the ZS20 that is now almost half what I used to sell for 2 years ago. Compared it to a number Panasonic Lumix (XS25, XS30, ZS40, LX5, LX7), as well as Canona (SX280, etc.), and a number of Nikon and Sony Point & Shoots as well as a couple of mirrorless and 3/4 formats before going with the ZS20. So far it has not disappointed. It has a Leica Lense.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        What a difference a camera can make!!!

        By Jungle Boy

        from Ontario, Canada

        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

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

          I am not at all a camera person. So, I had a friend, who is, recommend a camera that would best meet my needs. This was her choice. I am not a techy kind of person, and therefore I need technology that is willing to meet me somewhere in the middle. This is indeed "the camera for me". It has far more capability than I could ever want, and almost all of it is staged so that I can easily move from, 'point and shoot' with intelligent cababilities, to 'user aided' experimentation, to independent control of the various advanced capacities of the camera. I love this camera! I could not be happier. It is the first piece of technology that I have ever owned that helps me to become increasingly more experimental and independent the more that I use it. I took it on a two week trip into the jungles, and onto the coasts of Mexico, and it seemed incapable of taking a bad photo of 'no matter what' I aimed the camera at, in 'no matter what' kind of lighting or day conditions. I do not know how I ever survived without it. It is reliable, easy to use, and facillitates my learning experience. It has become a new constant, and best friend. If I were asked to comment on, "things that aren't so great about it" this would be that it does not yet cook me dinner. Other than that it is a miracle.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          My First Camera 'Upgrade'

          By ballpark_frank

          from Bay City, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

          First, my older camera had a very limited zoom feature, so that was one of the major things I was looking for (and which I love about this camera). I mainly roam around my local area, taking landscape photos, shots of buildings, and many photographs along the nature trails here. I've always been frustrated when I see wildlife (birds, deer, etc.), knowing full well that I wouldn't be able to get a detailed shot of them. So, that's the main feature that sold me on this camera. As for things which aren't so 'great,' I'm not too qualified to actually make any statements along those lines, other than the fact that I'm a little hesitant to 'use' the camera - by that, I mean I try to handle it with more than extreme care, but I should be able to finally get a feel for it soon.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice camera for the money

          By jp8nuu

          from mesa,az

          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

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

            Easy to use

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            dont waste your money

            By Alan

            from Oceanside, New York

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

            After one year, error message on screen says "error message zoom", which means, there is a tiny piece of something that is screwing up the camera. I looked it up and it is a very common problem with this camera....to fix it csts more than to buy a new one...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Panasonic Lumix-First non Nikon camera

            By JMSUT

            from Davis County, Utah

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

              I love the versatility, the panaramic feature, the colors, the ease of understanding the settings and how to set them up. I have a great eye for framing a picture but setting up our Nikon D200 has always been a negative experience for me. I love this camera. It was rated well for battery life, number of pics per battery charge and short shutter delays, all things I personally rate at the top of my list. We've only had it a week so as far as durability and dependability I shall have to wait and see. So far great! I did buy an extra battery and external charger to be able to charge both in camera and externally at night for no disappointments filming in Hawaii. A practical investment and inexpensive.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As expected

              By David

              from NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Quick Picture processing

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The best Camera I ever purchased

                  By Randy

                  from Jersey City, Nj

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                  This camera is the best after messing with it and fining the right settings takes superb photos I highly recommend you to get this camera takes clear pictures videos is awesome what more can I say about this camera but that's my feel on this try it out and see for yourself on how this camera is.

                   
                  4.0

                  Extraordinaria

                  By Horace

                  from San Nicolás, argentina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Muy simple de usar

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    alot for the price

                    By Stick

                    from Jax,Fla,USA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Not too small
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                    • No Wifi

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                    fits my big hands well. Pictures are good, for a small sensor P&S. Zoom is very cool, Leica lens is hard to beat at this price.
                    I would rather it had WiFi than GPS. Fast enough and easy for me to pocket.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great little camera

                    By Andi

                    from Athens, GA

                    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
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                      This is a perfect little camera that does just about everything. I highly recommend it. It's small and compact. The only thing I wish it had was a German menu.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Little Camera

                      By Lynn

                      from Norfolk, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I bought this camera to use as my all purpose carry around camera. It's small enough to fit in my purse, but is packed with features. I love how easy and fast it is to change settings, the incredible zoom range, and its great looking photos and video. One minor thing I've noticed is that even though it has a great zoom range, it's hard to control when using the lever around the shutter button because it zooms pretty fast. Even though the photos OOC are really sharp and colorful, I do wish the camera had sharpness, contrast, saturation, noise reduction controls like the FZ150 has and a little viewfinder would be nice to use when it's too bright outside to see the LCD. Other than those minor quibbles, I think its a great little camera that takes great pictures and amazing videos.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Recommended by photo buff - sound choice

                      By Gerry

                      from Kennett Square, PA

                      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
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                      A semi-professional photographer friend recommended I purchase this camera. He owns one himself. It is easy to use as a point and shoot, but has many features of a more expensive camera. Great camera to take to sporting events because of speed and size. Small enough to fit in your pocket. Plan to leave my SLR home when traveling. It will take some time to take full advantage of its features. But, from day 1 I was able to take excellent pictures.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      good camera

                      By lumix-owner

                      from jerusalem, israel

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                      the camera works as described. it produces decent quality photos. it's a bit bulky, but still possible to fit in one's pocket. it's a little confusing to figure out the features and it would be nice if a proper manual was included, instead of a disk with a pdf. sometimes i can force the flash on with the settings -- but sometimes it does not have such an option.

                      recently, i took a bunch of photos in the morning, facing the sun. they appeared to come out well. but when i off-loaded them to my computer, they have glare and do not show up well. i did not have similar issues with previous cameras.

                      nevertheless, on the whole, it is a good camera and the photo quality and ease of usability is good.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great camera in its class

                      By Ed W

                      from Houston TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I did a lot of online research before choosing the ZS20. Because it is a year older than the comparable ZS30, it is a lot cheaper. The differences between the two will not affect me much. Lots of sites compare the two, FYI. B&H had a lower price than almost everyplace else. The camera works fine, for movies, stills, and it's easy to navigate it's menus. I'm very satisfied with it.

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