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The new DMC-FZ20 is the first Lumix Digital camera to combine 12x optical zoom with an optical image stabilizer. The 5-megapixel DMC-FZ20 features a high-performance Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens.
Panasonic introduces the first digital camera to combine 12x optical zoom with an optical image stabilizer. Integrating unrivalled optical and digital technologies with ergonomic design, Panasonic's new 12x zoom Lumix DMC-FZ20 achieves a new level of performance for a digital camera. The DMC-FZ20 5-Megapixel camera features a versatile, high-performance Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with powerful 12x zoom (equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera) and F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range. Combined with it's telephoto features and precision image stabilizers, this camera is engineered to capture every detail of distant or quick-moving subjects with superb brightness and clarity.
Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and optically compensates for hand movement by shifting internal lens elements, enabling the user to capture crisp, clear, distortion-free ultra-telephoto or macro shots of distant or moving subjects, even in low lighting conditions.
The DMC-FZ20 also featurea an extra-low dispersion (ED) lens to minimize color aberration (color bleeding) - a common problem in high-magnification / large aperture lenses. ED lenses are typically exchangeable lenses designed for single-lens reflex cameras and high-end, professional cameras.
Panasonic has also added other improvements to their technology with the new Venus Engine LSI. Operating as the brain of the camera - it converts the optical data into digital information. The new Venus 2 Engine LSI handles all image processing functions simultaneously - from displaying the image on the LCD to writing data to the memory card - as soon as the CCD captures the image signal. This simultaneous, parallel processing results in a quick start-up, increased shutter speed and reduced lag time. The improved LSI also allows faster consecutive shooting than its predecessor. If desired, the camera will keep shooting until the memory card is full.
A conventional LSI generates a luminance signal from the green component of the incoming light. Panasonic's Venus 2 Engine LSI generates the signal from the red and blue components, as well as the green. This rich information in the luminance signal helps to boost the diagonal, horizontal and vertical resolution, resulting in superb images. The system also uses a low-pass filter to accurately handle the borders between colors and a noise-reduction circuit to help boost image sharpness and clarity.
The DMC-FZ20 also includes a host of sophisticated features such as MEGA BURST consecutive shooting mode, real-time histogram, auto bracketing, color viewfinder and more.
Features & Specifications:
Total Megapixel: 5.36
Effective Pixels: 5.0 Megapixels
CCD (Image Sensor): 1/2.5"
Image Processor: Venus Engine II LSI
Recording Image Size: (Pixels )
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
1920 x 1080
Motion Image: 320 x 240
Motion Image: 30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels)**
Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Optical Zoom: 12x
Digital Zoom: 4x
Combined Total Zoom: 48x
F Stop: F2.8 (wide to telephoto)
Aperture: F2.8 - F8
Focal Length: f=6.0-72mm (35mm equivalent: 36-432mm)
Normal Focusing Area:
Wide: 0.98 feet / Tele: 6.56 feet-Infinity
Macro, A/S/M mode Focusing Area:
Wide: 0.16 feet;Tele: 6.56 feet-Infinity
Auto Focus System
Continuous AF On/Off
Manual Focus (Ring)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/ Flash/White Set
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
Program AE (Program Shift (P mode))
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, +/- 2 EV
Auto Bracketing (AE): +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Macro, SCN1, SCN2: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Landscape, Panning, Night Portraight, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Moving Image, Playback
Shutter Speed: 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Self Timer: 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Picture Adjustment: Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Color Effect Mode: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Image Quality: TIFF/Fine/Standard
Mega Burst Shooting Mode: (Full-resolution image)
Standard Mode: Up to 7 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 4 images
Still Image Recording with Audio: 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing: Maximum of 10 Seconds
Built-in Flash Mode:
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
0.98 - 22.97 feet (ISO Auto)
External Flash: Hot Shoe
LCD Monitor: 2.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (130k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Viewfinder: 0.33" diagonal Color EVF (114k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Recording Media: SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card
Interface: DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh) Included
Up to 240 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Up to 270 pictures with EVF
Auto Review: 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Included ArcSoft Software:
ArcSoft Panorama Maker
Other Included Software:
SD Viewer for DSC 5
OSD Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, French
Dimensions: (H x W x D) 3.43'' x 5.02'' x 4.18''
AF Assist Lamp
Composition Guide Lines
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
Playback Mode: 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Direct Print: PictBridge
Conversion Lens Compatibility