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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20S Digital Camera (Silver)

Item # PNDMCFZ20S (Part # DMCFZ20S)
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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)**      



Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 13 Elements in 8 Groups

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      


Focus Modes:  

Auto Focus System

Normal/Macro (Dial)

Continuous AF On/Off

Manual Focus (Ring)

One-shot AF      


ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400      


White Balance:

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      


Scene Modes:

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

Forced On/Off

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      


Microphone: Built-in      


Speaker: Built-in      


Interface: DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB      


Power Supply:  

Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh) Included

Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) Included     


Battery Life:

Up to 240 pictures (CIPA Standard)

Up to 270 pictures with EVF      


Auto Review: 1 sec/3 sec/zoom      


Review: 1x/4x/8x      


Included ArcSoft Software:

ArcSoft PhotoImpression

ArcSoft Panorama Maker

ArcSoft PhotoBase     


Other Included Software:  

SD Viewer for DSC 5

USB Driver      


OSD Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, French      


Dimensions: (H x W x D)  3.43'' x 5.02'' x 4.18''  


Weight:1.14 lbs 


Other Features:

Color: Silver      

AF Metering        

AF Assist Lamp     

Composition Guide Lines 

Flip Animation  

Unlimited Consecutive Shooting        

Playback Mode: 9-Thumbnail Display

Zoomed Playback (16x max)

Image Rotation

Slide Show


Trimming, Protection

Real-time Histograms      

DPOF Setting      

Direct Print: PictBridge      

Conversion Lens Compatibility

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