The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 updates the incredibly popular Panasonic DMC-TZ10. Now with a a 16x optical zoom, Full HD video and even a 3D mode. Just how does the TZ20 weigh up? The What Digital Camera Panasonic DMC-TZ20 review finds out...
Value & Verdict
Panasonic Lumix TZ20 review – Value
The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 does have a £349 recommended asking price. This is similar to the TZ10 that came before it and, based on how prices will slide over time, it’s unlikely the TZ20 will stay at such a high asking price for too long.
For the money you’re picking up rather a lot of kit though. Sure, we’d like it to be some £50 cheaper to have a more attractive price, but even then it’s certainly towards the upper ends of the price spectrum. Weighed up against something likes the Sony HX9 and it’s much the same in terms of price and spec similarities.
With the amount of features on offer, such as the manual modes, decent movie capture, and the big, rangey 16x zoom, the
Lumix TZ20 is well within the realms of expected price for a compact of its ilk.
Panasonic Lumix TZ20 review – Verdict
The TZ20 is certainly packed out with features. Whether a point-and-shoot user looking for the potential for more control, or just someone who wants a decent zoom range in a relatively small package, the TZ20 has plenty of ground covered. intelligent Auto (iA), full manual controls and the 16x zoom certainly see to that.
Image quality is good, if not fairly standard for a compact camera, and high ISO settings aren’t the camera’s forte. However, results are impressively sharp and well exposed and once experimenting with exposure you’ll certainly pull some quality results out of the bag. It’s a bit of a shame there’s no Raw capture option though.
It’s with the updated movie mode that we’re really impressed. The Full HD 1080i capture is noticably improved over its TZ10 predecessor and, despite still not being fully progressive capture, is a big step forward that adds big ticks in the features and performance boxes.
Trying to ignore the rather tall asking price for one moment and it’s clear to see that the TZ20 rolls together plenty of desireable features. This latest release is certainly better than its TZ10 predecessor across the board – and based on how good that model already was, the TZ20 is certainly a winner in our books. Recommended.