Flip Animation: Allows you to
create your own frame-by-frame animations.
Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD
polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
Hot shoe for external flash
Mega Burst Shooting Mode:
Shoot up to seven images at three or two frames-per-second in standard
resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is
designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action,
such as a sporting event.
Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. A 16 MB
SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB
connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows
98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any
PictBridge standard. PictBridge is a technology
that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible
printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an
industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by
many different manufacturers.
Learn more about PictBridge.
This camera supports the
Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger).
It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.
What's in the Box
DMC-FZ20S digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 16MB SD memory
card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and
Interesting. It looks like an SLR but it really isn't. Instead of changing
lenses, it's got a 12-times zoom lens that goes from wide-angle to large
telephoto focal lengths, equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film
camera. Not an ordinary lens either, Leica Vario Elmarit. It's a Lumix
Digital-camera and it stores still and movie images on SD or MMC memory
cards. Here's a rare feature: Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main
reasons why cameras produce blurry images. We don't expect everyone to
have hands of stone when taking pictures--that's why Lumix cameras help
solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image
Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ20 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects
any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the
camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor
then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide
incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice
it working--all you'll see are the outstanding results! It's time to get a
Lumix and smile. Up to 2560 x 1920 still image resolution / Up to 320x240
QVGA digital video resolution at 10 or 30 fps with audio / A still image
may have up to 5 seconds audio 2 LCD Screen SD Memory Card Slot USB and AV
Cables and ports for image transfer to PC - Macintosh - TV Includes 16MB
SD memory card but we suggest buying an optional 256MB memory card (or
larger) for practical use with this high-res camera Includes Rechargeable
Li-Ion battery and Charger Includes Lens Cap, Hood Adapter, Wrist Strap
Includes Image Transfer and Editing software suite Built-in multimode
electronic-flash / Hot Soe for adding an optional external
electronic-flash PictBridge Unit Dimensions HWD - 3.43'' x 5.02'' x 4.18''
/ Weighs 1.14 lbs
This is the camera that switched me to digital for good, April 10, 2006
Reviewer: Brendan A. MacWade
I bought the DMC-FZ20 back in May 2005, just before a trip to London.
After thousands of fabulous pictures in virtually all conditions, I can
confidently say that this is the camera that permanently switched me to
digital. Unlike previous generations of prosumer cameras, this was the one
to offer practical advanced features that I don't ever want to be without.
This camera allows you to shoot in a true HDTV mode, or 1920x1080. That
comfortable, widescreen frame allowed me to take most of my pictures in
that format, and make professional-looking pictures for presentation in
any media - print, LCD projector, plasma TV, or LCD monitor. More
important, this camera gives you the features of an SLR in a single-lens
design. The F-Stop settings range from 2.8 to 8.0, and shutter speed
ranges from 8 seconds to 1/2000th of a second. This allows for
photographing still subjects in low light conditions (without a flash), or
action shots in daylight or sporting events. The big Leica lens gives this
camera the performance of many film rangefinder cameras, as well as SLR
zoom lenses (30mm - 432mm optical zoom is quite adequate for most users).
If there was a camera that made the case that SLR's are only for
journalists, red carpet, and wedding photographers, this is it. You will
need no other digital camera except this one and its successors.
Best Camera Ever!, February 16, 2006
Reviewer: Carol A. Rooney "Mot-Mot Lover"
I love this camera! I have a Camedia with a great zoom, but this camera
has a great zoom, lots of megapixels for clear pictures and is lighter and
easier to use! We used it bird-watching in Mexico and the pictures are
magnificent! I love the option to manually focus pictures - it's like a
digital SLR for half the price!
I strongly recommend this camera to anyone who's looking for an all-round
easy to use camera that will meet their needs for the next ten years!