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- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
- The Panasonic DMC-ZS20 follows up and improves upon last year's dud, the DMC-ZS10.
Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera Review$349.99
The physical mode dial on the Panasonic ZS20 lets you select from a variety of creative, automatic, and manual shooting modes, including program auto, manual exposure, aperture priority, shutter priority, creative control, 3D shooting, scene mode, intelligent auto, and two custom user-savable modes. The amount of control isn't staggering, but it's right in line with other high-end travel zoom cameras that fall just short of the enthusiast-driven camera series.
The ZS20 allows users to take partial or full manual control over exposure settings, setting aperture and shutter speed as they need. The camera is capable of shutter speeds ranging from 15-1/2000th of a second (manually selected), and an aperture range of f/3.3-8.0, though that shrinks to f/5.9-8.0 when zoomed all the way in. The camera also provides control over ISO sensitivity, with an automatic setting and whole-stop selection ranging from ISO 100-3200 (1600-6400 in high sensitivity mode).
The ZS20 is capable of recording images with a maximum resolution of 14.1 megapixels (4320x3240). The sensor natively provides an aspect ratio of 4:3. The camera lets you select image sizes almost anywhere between 14 and 0.2 megapixels, with ratios of 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 available. Like other cameras in this class the ZS20 does not provide RAW shooting, recording images in JPEG with "fine" and "standard" quality available.