Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Review

If you’re looking for more than just a simple point-and-shoot, you may want to consider the compact Panasonic DMC-FZ150 with CMOS-powered 24X superzoom. Combining a 12MP sensor with an excellent 25-600mm equivalent lens and 'Nano Surface Coating' gives you the power to take incredibly vivid images. The DMC-FZ150 shoots in JPEG but can also record Raw images and 1080p60 HD movies in the AVCHD Progressive standard. Take those features, and with an articulated, 3 inch LCD screen with 460,000 dots and a built-in EVF, you have endless photographic possibilities. The versatile lens generally gives crisp, vivid images at all focal lengths with the image stabilization function, from wide angle scenes to extreme telephoto shots. It also capably manages high ISOs quite well for its class. Noise reduction may take its toll on fine details from ISO400 going higher, but a little tweaking can fix it. The Panasonic FZ150 may be a little on the bulky side but it’s got a sturdy build and still harnesses a user friendly design like a contoured, rubberized grip to ensure stability and comfortable shooting positions. The dials and buttons that make up the controls are conveniently laid out, easy to reach and operate. A large mode dial makes it easy to navigate between shooting options manual, semi-manual and automatic exposure modes along with 3 custom settings, creative options, scene modes, and movie mode. The zoom control and triple focus switch are also conveniently located on the lens barrel, enabling you to make your adjustments as you are supporting the body. However, with a ton of functionality and customization features in the main menu, you might get slowed down by the sheer number of choices you have. At least, with the Quick Menu bringing up the most changed settings, it’s not going to be as time-consuming to set up a scene fast. Some pre-set advanced modes are also worthy of note, like the Soft Skin option that smoothens out skin blemishes and the amazing 3D mode that captures a series of images and combines two to form a viewable MPO image. Additional connectivity is also not a problem as hooking the camera up to the computer enables quick editing and immediate uploading to social networks. Taking a video with the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 is no less an incredible experience as an impressive plethora of features, including a workable built-in stereo mic, make capturing high-definition movies a cinch. It’s good that there’s a connection for an external mic too as normally captured sound could stand to be better even if the built-in mic’s sound is good enough for ambient and day-to-day use. Naturally, such high quality files would eat up memory, so expanding the memory card would be a great idea. Overall, the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 compact megazoom camera looks good, handles well and is chock-full of features to satisfy enthusiasts and casual users alike. Even at 12 megapixels, the combined hardware and software produces an incredible image quality that can face off with competitors in the market.
  • Pros:
    Solid and capable JPEG and RAW capture compact for travel and everyday use manual and auto features and pre-sets high quality images and video more affordable than a DSLR!
  • Cons:
    HD video eats up memory low quality sound features may be too much or complicated for casual users may be expensive for non-photographers and casual users.
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 is manufactured by Panasonic and was added in December 2014 in the Digital Cameras section
  • This product has a rating of 4.3 out of 5

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