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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 / FZ15


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
Rollover image with mouse to see silver body version of the FZ20

Category: Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 is targeted to serious amateur photographers with 5 megapixels resolution, 12x optical zoom that is image stabilized, a Leica lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range (quite a feat!), and macro as close as 5 cm (2 in.).

It has full flexible exposure control, scene modes, shutter speed range from 8 sec to 1/2,000 sec., Program Shift, a large 2 in. LCD monitor, and an AF Assist Lamp to aid focusing in low-light situations. You can shoot consecutive shots until the memory card is full. You can also display grid lines on the screen (EVF and LCD) to aid in composition.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 comes in two flavours: all black body, or a mixture of silver and black. The image stabilized ultra zoom with large maximum aperture is a combination not seen in any other digital camera so far, and sets the FZ20 apart from its competitors. Though the image sensor is quite small, take a look at the image samples from Panasonic to see if the image quality is what you're after.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 is similar to the FZ20 but sports 4 megapixels resolution, lacks a hot shoe for attaching an external flash, lacks audio dubbing and still image audio recording, and records movies without sound. Both are PictBridge-compatible.

Panasonic FZ20 / FZ15
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 Home Page  
  Image Sensor FZ20: 5.0 effective megapixels
FZ15: 4.0 effective megapixels
1/2.5 in. CCD
  Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit  
  Focal Length FZ20: 6.0-72mm (36-432mm, 35 mm equivalent)
FZ15: 6.0-72mm (35-420mm, 35 mm equivalent)
  Aperture F2.8 (wide to telephoto) - F8  
  Optical Zoom 12x (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer)  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus Auto Focus System, Normal/Macro (Dial), Continuous AF On/Off, Manual Focus (Ring), One-shot AF; AF Assist Lamp  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Program AE (with Program Shift), Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Macro
SCN1, SCN2: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Landscape, Panning, Night Portraight, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Moving Image, Playback; Burst Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec. (FZ15: 4 frames/sec.) or 2 frames/sec., Max. 7 images (Standard Mode), Max. 4 images (Fine Mode); Movie 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps, 10 fps, Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity
  Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
AEB: +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, Flash, White Set; White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto WB)  
  Viewfinder 0.33" diagonal Color EVF (114k pixels); Field of view: approx. 100%  
  LCD 2.0" diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (130k pixels); Field of view: approx. 100%  
  ISO Sensitivity

FZ20: Auto; 80, 100, 200, 400
FZ15: Auto; 64, 100, 200, 400

  Storage Media SD Memory Card; Multimedia Card  
  Battery Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh)(Included)
Battery Charger (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included)
  Included Accessories
FZ20: 16MB SD Memory Card
FZ15: 8MB SD Memory Card
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh); Battery Charger (Input: 110-240V AC)
Lens Cap, Lens Hood & Adaptor
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft, SD Viewer for DSC)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.43 x 5.02 x 4.18 in.  
  Weight (Camera body only) 1.14 lbs  
  MSRP FZ20: US $599 / CDN $799.99
FZ15: US $499

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