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Panasonic FS20 Review

Review Date: Apr 29, 2008

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20


This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched except where specified.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 is a new entry-level series that retains the beautiful design and attention to detail that has now become characteristic of every Panasonic digital camera. It is ultra compact and easily slips into a jeans pocket, shirt pocket or small fashion purse.

It has fast performance with approx. 1 sec. startup and no practical shutter lag in good lighting and with contrasty subjects. Auto focus is fast and precise. It is equipped with a 4x 30-120mm wide-angle optical zoom that is perfect for wide landscapes and group shots. The 120mm tele coverage is ideal for portraits.

An extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor with a high 230,000 pixels resolution makes viewing very comfortable. You can display a guide of horizontal and vertical lines to aid composition. Construction and build is very good.

Image quality is good at ISO 100, with low noise and good image detail. As is often the case for models in this category, images tend to suffer from noise and loss of detail at the higher ISOs.

The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode really works well, selecting the appropriate scene mode, ISO and shutter speed to minimize blur and optimize correct exposure.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 will appeal to point-and-shoot photographers desiring an easy-to-use ultra slim and stylish digital camera with a wide-angle lens and image stabilization.

What I like about the Panasonic FS20:

  • Wide-angle 30mm is great for wide landscapes and group shots.
  • Good image quality at ISO 100.
  • Effective Image Stabilization, plus Intelligent Auto tackles almost any photographic situation.
  • Fast performance, no practical shutter lag, fast and precise AF.
  • Availability of Manual WB.
  • CA negligible.
  • Availability of Guide Lines (2 patterns).
  • Stylish, ultra slim, flush design.
  • A finger grip that is not slippery.
  • Very good build and construction; a beautiful camera.
  • 22 Zoom steps for precise focal length positioning.
  • Accepts large capacity SDHC card.
  • Very good Menu Structure and intuitive Controls.
  • Availability of 15, 30 and 60 sec. in Starry Sky scene mode.
  • Hinged door for easy access to terminals.

Improvement wishlist:

  • Less aggressive noise reduction. High ISOs pictures limited to small prints and for Web display (due to high noise and loss of image detail).
  • Dedicated REView button with instant return to RECord mode.

With its effective image stabilization, wide-angle zoom and fast performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 will please point-and-shoot beginner photographers desiring an easy-to-use and beautifully designed ultra compact.

See if you fit the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 User Profile below:

Panasonic FS20
User Profile
Desire a quality 10.1 MP resolution ultra compact digital camera (at ISO 100).
Want a wide-angle lens coverage with effective optical image stabilization.
Want fast response times with no practical shutter lag.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dial as long as they are precise and responsive.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Like a beautiful digital camera.

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