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An impulse buy in the January sales Updated 16 feb

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22.01.2006 (16.02.2006)

Advantages:
superb image quality, easy to use, fast action, good battery life

Disadvantages:
A little bulky

Recommendable Yes:

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ReliabilityExcellent

SizeBig

WeightAverage

Value for MoneyExcellent

Instruction ManualGood

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I was becoming disatisfied with my old camera, the screen wasn't visible outdoors, the focus and shutter lag was meaning that I was missing shots and frankly it looked like a toy.

When I saw the Panasonic Lumix FZ20 in the window of a well known camera retailer for £199.99, I had to go in and take a look.

Five Minutes later I was out again, having sustained a hit on Barclaycard, clutching my new camera, and I'm very pleased with it. Goodbye to shutter lag, hello EVF, superb zoom capabilties and welcome home to my stock of SD cards, which was helpful, as I didn't need to buy anymore.

I am staggered by the picture quality, the range of features and for the price I paid, value for money. It could be a good starter camera, which would not need to be replaced as quickly as a simple point and shoot camera.

I was particularly impressed by the anti-shake function, in other cameras I have tried you can hear it running, in this one the only way to tell if it is working is to turn it off and compare the results in low light.

update 16/02 /06

Thought I'd upload a selection of different kinds of pictures I have taken with this camera. Although they have been reduced in size hopefully you will get the idea of the colour range and versatility ofthe camera. The dog picture was taken in bad light with the flash, usually all-black subjects absorb light and are featureless.

The zoom shot was taken of the Poole to Studland ferry, when it was about half way across. The light was failing as it was about 5 pm in February. My guitar was shot indoors with flash. the rusty machinery is the working end of a WW2 anto aircraft gun on the shore at Hamble, Hampshire, it was a very bright sunny morning and colours were becoming washed out. the only alterations I have made to the pictures is reducing their size, as they are nearly 3 Mb out of the camera.
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close up of anti-aircraft gun, Hamble, Hampshire
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mumsymary 23.12.2007 07:07

Cameras have improved so much

whitehall1 11.03.2006 19:51

I bought the DMC Lumix FZ5 recently --- and I would agree that these cameras are very easy to use. Great pictures, very interesting! Sun

bluejules 18.02.2006 10:06

Good review. I have a Canon Ixus 50 and am very happy with it, so I'm not looking for a new one. Jules x

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Manufacturer's product description

The DMC-FZ20's advanced zoom lens takes you all the way from 36mm wide angle to 432mm telephoto. Shoot open landsca...

General

MPN DMC-FZ20, DMC-FZ20EGMK, DMC-FZ20B
Product Type Digital camera - compact
Available Body Colours Black, silver

Exposure & white balance

Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

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