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Panasonic DMC-ZS20 Digital Camera Review$349.99
Speed and Timing
One of the high points of the ZS10's performance was its shot-to-shot time, a performance element that continues on the ZS20. The DMC-ZS20 will feature a full-resolution burst mode of up to 10fps (maximum of 10 frames), shot with an electronic shutter. The camera also features a high-speed burst mode which can shoot 40fps at 5 megapixels or 60fps at 2.5 megapixels. In addition the ZS20 has the typical self-timer modes, and features slower burst shooting modes of 5fps and 2fps that can continually track a subject, keeping it in focus.
Drive mode is set on the ZS20 by going into the main menu and finding the "burst" setting under the [REC] menu (these are also available in the quick menu). This will let you select the type of burst to be employed, including the speed and resolution of each image, or whether to turn burst off and return to normal shooting. When recording a burst of images, regardless of whether they're full or reduced resolution, the entire group is kept together in playback, so that you can see the entire group played back at once. The camera will also let you see individual images, and group playback isn't available when using the GPS area play function.
We found that the Panasonic ZS20 did live up to expectations with up to 10fps shot-to-shot speed in a 10-shot burst. Unfortunately, that was only for at most 3 shots in the middle of that burst. On average the speed across the 10 frames came out to around 8.5fps, with some variation. The fastest shots were, indeed, only 1/10th of a second apart, but the camera could not keep that pace up for the entire burst.
The ZS20 includes only the simplest of self-timer options on the camera, which can be accessed by pressing the left key on the rear control pad (with the etched stopwatch symbol). The camera only allows for selecting either a two- or ten-second burst, with no custom options or interval timers available.