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Panasonic FS20 Review

Review Date: Apr 29, 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS series is Panasonic's brand-new digital camera models targeting the entry-level point-and-shoot crowd. The Lumix DMC-FS20 features 10.1MP resolution, a 4x wide-angle optical zoom with Image Stabilization, and an extra large 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

Stylish and slim, the Lumix FS20 can be easily carried in a jeans pocket or small fashion purse. The 30mm wide-angle starting focal length is perfect for capturing wide landscapes and large group shots of family and friends.

The FS20 features Intelligent Auto Mode, which is comprised of five functions:

  • MEGA O.I.S. - Gyrosensors detect camera shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent a blurry image.
  • Intelligent ISO - With Intelligent ISO, the FS20 determines if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed to freeze the subject movement, thus preventing a blurry image.
  • Intelligent Scene Selector - Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and automatically selects the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode.
  • Face Detection - Panasonic's Face Detection detects up to 15 faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp.
  • Quick AF - The Quick AF system starts to focus on the subject as soon as you point the camera to the subject, thus minimizing the AF time.

The FS20 also features Intelligent LCD, which detects the lighting condition and adjusts the brightness level of the LCD for optimal clarity.

You can view High Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels images with a 16:9 aspect ratio on your living room's large-screen HDTV by simply inserting an SDHC/SD Memory Card containing your photos into an HDTV equipped with an SDHC/SD Memory Card slot.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 is an affordable and easy-to-use take-anywhere ultra compact digital camera. It is available in Pink, Black and Silver (availability of models and colors may differ depending on the country).

For about US $50 less, you can purchase the Lumix DMC-FS5 which is similar except for a 2.5-in. LCD monitor.

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Panasonic FS20
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site JeansPocket Certified  
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.33", 10.7 Total Megapixels CCD, Primary Color Filter  
7 elements in 6 groups
(3 Aspherical lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 5.2 - 20.8 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 30-120 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 7 Mega, 5.7x for 5 Mega, 7.1x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 6 Mega, 5.7x for 4.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 5.5 Mega, 5.7x for 3.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 16.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 28.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Aperture Wide: F3.3 / F8.0
Tele: F5.8 / F8.0
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
  AF Metering Face / 1-area / 1-area high speed / 9-area  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On / Off  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600 - 6400)
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set  
  Exposure Program AE  
  Scene Modes SCN: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed Burst  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1sec, 3sec, Zoom, Hold  
  Review No  
  Color Mode Standard/Vivid/Cool/Warm/Natural/Black & White/Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF Corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size

Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3648 x 2432
3072 x 2048
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3648 x 2056
3072 x 1728
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080


Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
  Burst Shooting Mode - Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec
- Full-Resolution : Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
- Unlimited, approx. 2fps
- In Hi-Speed Burst scene mode, you can to take up to 100 pictures at a fast 6fps (resolution limited to 4:3 2M, 3:2 2.5M, 16:9 2M)
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes
(Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.)
  Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume / Motion Zoom Yes / No / No  
  Still Image Rec. with Audio No  
  Audio Dubbing No  
  Real-time Histograms No  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory approx. 50MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation No  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Text Stamp / Date Stamp Yes / Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.6 - 6.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 3.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (230k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
  Playback Mode 30 & 12-thumbnail display, Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max.), Playback of Favorite Pictures, Category Playback, Slide Show, Image Rotation, Resizing, Trimming, Protection, Aspect Conv. DPOF Print Setting  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
  Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Included: Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1000 mAh)
Optional: AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)
  Battery Life (Approx.) 280 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger
- Battery Pack
- Battery Carrying Case
- AV Cable
- USB Cable
- Wrist Strap
- CD-ROM: PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft® MediaImpression™, ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™, USB Driver

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 94.9 x 57.1 x 22.9 mm /
3.74 x 2.25 x 0.9 in.
  Weight (Approx.) 132 g ( 0.29 lb)
154 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.34 lb)
  MSRP US $299.95 / CDN $299.99  

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50% humidity; LCD on***; using Panasonic SD/SDHC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

- Main Parts and Controls

- Advantages of a 30mm wide-angle lens

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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