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On January 31 2012, Panasonic announced two ZS-series SuperZoom compact cameras - the DMC-ZS20 (aka DMC-TZ30) and DMC-ZS15 (aka DMC-TZ25). At only 1.3 inches thick, the ZS20 is the world's slimmest digital camera with a 20x optical zoom 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens. The ZS15 has a 16x optical zoom instead. The ZS20 features a newly developed 14.1 Megapixels High Sensitivity MOS sensor. When coupled with the advanced image processor Venus Engine, the LUMIX ZS20 features high speed, high sensitivity image recording. High speed burst shooting at 10 fps in full resolution and Light Speed AF. The ZS15 sensor is 12.1 Megpaixels.
The ZS20 can record full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) format (or 30p in MP4). The 20x optical zoom with 2-step Zoom function is available in video recording. The Auto Wind Cut function helps to block out wind background noise and mechanical noise caused by zooming. In addition, the ZS20 has manual control options, allowing the user to adjust shutter speed and aperture, and 3D Photo Mode. The ZS20 is listed for $349.99 in black, red, white, and silver options. Here's the summary of first look preview by TrustedReviews:
"We were able to secure some hands-on time with the camera and the first thing we noticed is how fast it was to focus. Shutter lag is a main gripe among users of travel camera, but the TZ30 achieved some very impressive results in our test. The manufacturer claims the Light Speed Auto Focus can focus on an image in just 0.1 seconds, and it outperformed its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 in a test involving toy cars whizzing around a track. In addition, the camera can manage continuous shooting at 10 frames per second, ensuring you not only capture the action in focus, but you get the shot you want. In keeping with the range, the TZ30 is compact and fits nicely in the hand, at 104.9 x 58.9 x 28.2mm although the screen size of 3in is a bit of a compromise. However it is a touchscreen and shouldn't be a problem for most smartphone users who are happy typing away on their handset.
The TZ30 sports a wide angle Leica DC lens capable of 20x optical zoom and 40x digital zoom and it is paried with a 14.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Video is shot in 1,920x1,080 50p Full HD AVCHD video recording at 120 frames per second (fps) compared to the TZ20 which only managed 60fps and audio is recorded via a stereo microphone. The camera also features GPS tagging which not only records the name of the country, but also the city and in some cases the sight you are shooting. In low light tests, the TZ30 performed very well compared to its predecessors and produced high quality images which make us keen to test the full product ahead of its March launch in the UK. The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a worthy successor to its popular range of compact cameras. With fast focus and low shutter lag, it's a great all round camera with a broad appeal packed into a small package."
Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Imaging Resource: "The Lumix DMC-ZS20 produced fairly good color, though bright reds and blues, and even some greens, are pumped a little high. A few shifts in hue are also present practically all around, including the slight yellow to green shift we've come to expect from Panasonics, though purples and deep blues are closest to their accurate hue. Dark skintones show a big push toward orange, while lighter skin tones are almost dead-..." - Jul 15 2012 More »||N/A|
|MacWorld: "Traditionally, Panasonic's cameras have met the challenge in our lab's subjective tests for image quality. The Lumix line usually errs on the side of underexposure and muted colors in Intelligent Auto mode, which is rare for today's cameras; everything from a smartphone camera to a DSLR tends to oversaturate and punch up colors these days, as the masses gravitate toward vibrant images with bright colors. If you'd pr..." - Jun 02 2012 More »|
|ePhotoZine: "Detail is good in the centre and to the edges and the camera copes well with lens flare. There is some purple fringing in the shot of the trees above, but little in other shots. There is some distortion with barrel distortion at the wide end and pincushion at the telephoto end of the zoom. Vignetting was not noticed. Macro performance is very good letting you position the subject roughly 3cm from front of lens, it's..." - May 06 2012 More »|
|Trusted Reviews: "Overall image quality is pretty good - especially when you consider the amount of zoom power the TZ30 manages to pack inside its diminutive little body. Used on the 'Standard' My Colour setting in iAuto mode the TZ30 produces pleasingly lifelike images that tread a happy medium, being neither overly muted nor overly saturated. Of course, should you want to boost vibrancy you can opt for the 'Vivid' setting, or indee..." - May 03 2012 More »|
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