Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 Review

Review Date: February 27th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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7 elements in 6 groups
(3 Aspherical lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)

Optical: 4x

Extra Optical :

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 7 Mega, 5.7x for 5 Mega, 7.1x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 6 Mega, 5.7x for 4.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4.8x for 5.5 Mega, 5.7x for 3.5 Mega, 7.1x for 2 Mega
Digital: 4x
(Max. 16.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 28.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance f = 5.2 - 20.8 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 30-120 mm)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO : Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
AF Metering Face / 1-area / 1-area high speed / 9-area
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.33", 10.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On / Off
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600 - 6400))
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Scene Mode 1, Scene Mode 2
Scene Mode Dial:
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach,
Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed Burst
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Aperture Wide: F3.3 / F8.0
Tele: F5.8 / F8.0
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold
Color Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Natural, Standard, Vivid
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3,648 x 2,736 pixels,
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3,648 x 2,432 pixels,
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3,648 x 2,056 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Image Quality Fine / Standard
Motion Picture *
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec
Full-Resolution : Max. 5 images (Standard Mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 2M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Approx. 25 shots when using the built-in memory.
Approx. 25-100 shots when using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The recording resolution is selected from 2 megapixels (4:3), 2.5 megapixels (3:2), or 2 megapixels (16:9).
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions, card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes
Easy Zoom Yes
Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in-Memory approx. 50MB
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Auto Angle Detection Yes
Travel Date /
World Time
Yes /
Title Edit Yes
Text Stamp Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off, (Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction only in Night Portrait / Party / Candle Light Mode only)
0.3 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.5 - 3.0 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
LCD 3.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
Playback Mode [REC] / [Play] Selector switch
30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed
playback (16x Max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Image
rotation, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection,
Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting, Dual image playback
Slideshow Mode Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)
Category Playback Yes (in Slideshow Mode and normal playback)
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card (Still image only)
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB2.0 Full Speed
Direct Print PictBridge
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life
280 pictures
(CIPA standard**)

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / PanoramaMaker), USB Driver
Dimensions (Approx.)
(W x H x D)
94.9 x 57.1 x 22.9 mm (3.74 x 2.25 x 0.9 inch)
Weight (Approx.) 132 g (0.29 lb)
154 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.34 lb)
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Strap, CD-ROM
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.
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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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