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...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix TZ20

Image Quality:85%
Overall score:89%


  • Excellent image sharpness, rapid focusing, useful optical image stabilization


  • Manual control access, underused touchscreen, high ISO image quality


Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Review


Price as reviewed:


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.


Metering System:Multi-pattern, Centre Weighted, Spot
Other:Full manual controls, 1080i HD Movies, 3D shooting mode
LCD:3in touchscreen
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
White Balance:Auto, 4 Presets, Manual
Exposure Modes:iAuto, P, S, A, M, 3D, MyScene x2, Custom, Scene (42 Scene Modes)
Flash Modes:Auto, on, off, Redeye reduction, slow sync
Power:Rechargeable li-ion
ISO Range:100-6400 (3200-6400 restricted to low light scene modes only)
Dimensions:104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4mm
Lens:24-384mm, F3.3-5.9
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000 sec
File Formats:JPEG, M-JPEG, AVCHD, MPO 3D
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix TZ20 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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