Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
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Budget compact megazoom
The ZS20 is our top camera gift pick because it offers excellent photos and videos for its class, a broad feature set, and fast shooting performance, all at a reasonable price. It's a great fit for anyone who's looking for a long zoom lens in a pocketable package that can be used for snapshots and movie clips.
- Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 4 user reviews
Starting at: $299.00
The good: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 has an excellent design and feature set, including an ultrawide-angle 20x zoom lens, GPS, and semimanual and manual shooting modes, as well as fast shooting performance and improved low-light photo quality from previous versions.
The bad: Using all of the ZS20's high-performance features, such as its near-pointless touch screen, can really cut into battery life. Also, photos are noisy and soft when viewed at 100 percent.
The bottom line: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's 20x zoom lens might be the main attraction, but the camera is all-around excellent.
October 31, 2012 3:00 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Lori Grunin, Joshua Goldman
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