By Gavin Stoker
Reviewed: 17 Mar 2011
Review Price £281.31
"So perhaps the major nettle to grasp here is the TZ20's cost, with a high-ish street price of around £350 on launch making it just £50 or so cheaper than a starter digital SLR with kit lens. Moreover, you can pick up other very capable super zooms, like Panasonic's TZ20, for under £200 so, which until the price of this model drops it what we'd be inclined to do. "I assume you mean TZ10 "like Panasonic's TZ10, for under £200 so" ???
Just wondering how you'd rate the video quality in the HD recording mode? Can you zoom without losing audio and is the O.I.S effective at keeping a steady video picture?(My days of lugging a DSLR and seperate video camera around are over. Nowadays I'm in the market for small "do it all" compact device that I'll always have with me. I can accept some trade-offs in image quality and video quality as long as they are not too pronounced.)
Maxik.Also consider the Canon PowerShot SX220 which is about £70 cheaper in the UK.
Hmmm.Take a brilliant camera - the TZ7 - change the superb sensor for an inferior one and increase the price to get the TZ10. Then take that one, put what looks like an even worse sensor in it, change the awesome lens for something that looks like it's been recycled from a beer bottle and **then** have the cheek to charge even more.What are you doing Panasonic !!!!
Like Maxik, I am left wondering how the camera's video features stack up.I've always bought separate Video Camera's, but with the increasing convergence of still & video technology, it'd be useful if TR could cover this off in their reviews.Similarly, with multi-functional/all-in-one printers, there's usually very little coverage of features beyond basic printing (and then only with default driver settings).Theese are not a criticisms, just suggestions that might bring increased readership through some value-add to the template-like review format TR have adopted. Formats are good - but they do need to evolve over time.
I've had a TZ 3,5,6, and currently 7 so am fairly well equipped to answer the above questions ;)I think the video is excellent, zoom is active and sound records while zooming, something you don't find on most zoom compacts. The zoom itself is quiet enough that it doesn't detract from video. I bought the TZ7 over the TZ10 and never regretted it, much cheaper, image quality identical, 12x zoom is plenty for most situations, and I have spare batteries :) An example of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... which I took at 6-12x zoom, unstabilised, in the barbican theatre in show lighting, at a significant distance. This isn't even at max quality. Considering I was 25m+ from the musicians, I think the sound comes out fantastically! Also there are stereo mics which you again don't get from all that many compacts.Battery life is excellent, 300 odd photos per charge although the big zoom kills power if you keep zooming in and out. Rapid autofocus, good on moving objects, decent indoors compared to most equivalent cameras. I'm not a pro by any means but most of the time you get sharp, well coloured, balanced photos. There isn't that much by way of tinkering with settings possible but that can be a pro for some people.All told, TZ7 is a fantastic piece of kit, cheap to boot. Buy one as a pocketable second camera or a main camera for casual users and you will be a happy bunny :)
I'm dissapointed with the 20. I've owned the 5, 7, and 10(No I don't collect them! The 5 got smashed by Delta airlines, and the 10 got nicked!), and I assumed that the 20 would be a good step forward.It isn'tThe sensor is so noisy, that for the first time ever, not only do I have shots that are unusable, but you can even see the poor quality on the screen at the back!All the new "Features" aren't anything to write home about. The various hyper zoom options give a truly horrible result-and you might as well just crop the image to give a higher perceived zoom. The low light level options are really horrible, and the new touch screen is really badly implemented.I could carry on, but the best advice is DON'T ASSUME, as I did, that a new offering from Panasonic would be better than the last-'cos it ain't. Go check it out in a retailer yourself
After doing all the usual reviews and write ups I have had a TZ20 for three days which was to replace my trusty TZ7. What a mistake!The sensor is really noisy and the picture quality is not as good. But the worst thing that I have found is the touch sensitive screen. Turn the camera on and just inadvertently place a finger on the display and the camera takes a picture! I have looked through the manual to see if there is a setting to turn off this setting, but have not found anything as yet!I would be interested to hear of anyone else experiencing this problem, or is it just me, my camera or a software glitch?Oh, and the GPS has still not managed to find enough satellites for it to work, and yes I was outdoors.Having had a TZ7 since they first came out, Panasonic seems to have lost their way with the TZ20.Unhappy bunny
Power-hungry camera, certainly when using GPS, and TINY battery. Budget for buying a spare. Echo comments here about noisy sensor.
Thanks everyone for your comments - I have a TZ3 and for a still image camera am delighted with it. 99.9% of the time I get excellent results. But its video mode is only 840x480 VGA with 8 bit mono sound so I am now looking for a combined digicam with better video. Having read comments here I can see that newer variants are not neccessarily better. Also, who wants / needs big brother 24/7 tracking with GPS? Simon
The TZ7 and TZ10 use the same batteries. I have both these models.
It's been really useful reading all the readers comments here. I have a Lumix TZ7, and a Lumix TZ 10. After reading all about the pros and cons of the TZ 20, the specs are maybe just to stay ahead of the competition. I have tried the camera, the 3D mode is interesting, the touch screen is a nuisance, but the comments about picture quality dropping with max zoom, and lens quality differing from the TZ7/10, maybe i will just stick to the 7 and 10., as the touch screen is enough to put me off. I will never ever part with the TZ7. p.s. My wife has a new Panasonic DMC FS 35. I can't find any comments on this site about it.
Dear All Please note
Panasonic DMC Tz20 is the third class camera d'note buy this camerapicture quality bade pure night mode allways dark picture onlyi was sent to panasonic service center two time this camera for repair within 6 months i sujjest to all of one please do not to gowith panasonic camera very badd camera i have no word for thiscamera is my bp is go high after purchased this third class camera oh my god very horrible camera buy any onether brand camera rather than panasonic DMC TZ20
I have had a DMC TZ20 for almost 2 years and it goes everywhere with me as my second camera. It has taken thousands of images and I have yet to find a fault or annoyance with the camera.I have read comments from other users about touch screen issues, but I'd had the camera for months before I even bothered to try using it. Having tried it, I felt more comfortable using the menu system as it was the same as the TZ10 I was used to. I still have my TZ10 but just leave it in my car as a spare and it never gets used because the TZ20 has not let me down.Yes, the GPS is power hungry but I'm aware of it and have it 'off' most of the time. I always carry a spare battery (which is the same as for the TZ10), but on a days shooting of stills, I have never needed to change or replace the battery. No probs with noise, either from the sensor or on my zoomed images so I can't find anything to complain about.Very happy with the wide-angle which is great for photographing building and the 16x zoom has provided more that adequate pics of aircraft. If I had to find fault, it would be that it does not take good macro shots in poor light and there you have it! Otherwise it is perfect for my needs.
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