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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker



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A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 in a variety of shooting conditions.


An image taken with the TZ20's zoom at its widest, 24mm equivalent, setting. Good edge to edge sharpness with any barrel distortion well hidden amidst the natural setting, even if we are getting some obvious pixel fringing where tree branches meet sky at the upper corners of the frame. Also the image is a little flat straight out of the camera and could do with contrast being tweaked to give it a bit more visual oomph.


The same is true in terms of lacking contrast at maximum 384mm equivalent telephoto setting, but comparing these two images should provide a very good idea of how close you can get (and from how far away) with the lens provided.


An example of how well the lens copes about a foot away from its subject and with macro/close up mode selected. We get a sense of the texture of the stone (and the Victorian era grafitti!), which is nice, but again a little more edge definition would have been appreciated.


And here's an indication of the quality of JPEG delivered when shooting with the camera in 3D mode, which principally generates a MPO file, viewable only with a suitably 3D-equipped viewer. The JPEG is visibly low res and has the appearance of a video grab, so arguably really only of value as a reference tool.


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