Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP Camera
2.7″ LCD with AR Coating & TFT Screen Display (230K dots)
Optical Sensor Resolution – 16.1 MP
720P HD Video
HD Video Recording in MP4 Format
Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
Optical zoom – 4 x
16ft Waterproof, 5ft Shockproof, 14°F Freezeproof, Dustproof
Display Size – 2.7 inches
Memory – 70MB internal
Power Supply – Rechargeable battery
Dimensions (inches) – 3.98 x 2.30 x 0.76 Weight (oz.) – 0.31 lb
Colors – Black, Blue, Orange and Red
What's in the box?
TS20 Digital Camera includes Battery Pack, Battery Charger, Brush, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, and a CD-ROM.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Review
The DMC-TS20 falls into the category of cameras designed for all kinds of outdoor action use. The DMC-TS20 is designed to stand up to some wear and tear because of it’s solid build and a surface that is pretty resistant to damage.
More importantly, the camera is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof. The rugged design allows for waterproof to approximately 16 feet (5 meters), shockproof to approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters), dustproof and freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14ºF.
4 Active Outdoor Scene Modes
The DMC-TS20 has four active outdoor Scene Modes: Sports, Snow, Beach & Surf and Underwater. Each scene can be selected easily accessible menu on the camera. Because you can access the menu quickly, you won’t have to be afraid of missing that special moment or shot.
2.7-inch Intelligent LCD with AR Coating
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 review indicates that it has a 2.7-inch LCD automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. In addition, the AR (anti-reflective) coating LCD minimizes glare and provides clear images, for high visibility even in the sunlight.
Face Recognition, Face, Subject & Scene Detection
The Face Recognition function remembers faces that have been registered in the camera and provides the faces with optimal focus and exposure. The Face Detection function detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure.
The Face Detection also features the Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal). Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks and keeps the subject in focus and proper exposure. The Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions and automatically selects a Scene Modes for optimal image quality.
25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The 16.1-megapixel high-resolution DMC-TS20 features a 25mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 25-100mm). The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances various shooting situations, such as when taking a photo of a large group of people or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling.
8x Intelligent Zoom
The Intelligent Zoom is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, which means the 4x optical can extend to 8x equivalent.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will allow up to 250 shots on a single battery charge.
MP4 HD Video Recording
The DMC-TS20 can record HD motion images (1,280 x 720 pixels) in MP4 format. A special, dedicated button lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings. In addition, a 4x optical zoom is available in video recording. Motion pictures in MP4 can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds.
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode and Shake Detection
In an effort to decrease blur, the DMC-TS20 is equipped with Active Mode for an option of image stabilization while performing video recording. Additionally, Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. Even a slight hand-shake movement is detected and the camera will compensate for it by producing sharp, clear images. MEGA O.I.S. is effective for scenes such as night shooting, dimly lit rooms and underwater photos.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
In the iA Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. You just press, aim and shoot. The detection and correction functions work to provide great photos and videos.
Unlike some of the other waterproof cameras on the market, the menu is very intuitive and easy to change when necessary. The buttons are also well placed and responsive.
Fast shutter speed
Captures subjects in motion without blur.
The camera has really good speakers when playing back video.
For a point and shoot, the camera takes fantastic images, both inside and out. Some pictures taken in darker rooms turn out grainy.
When recording video, the settings do not have to be changed between photo and video. One of the features includes the DMC TS20 has a designated button for video recording.
The TS20 picks up motion pretty well and lower-level light. The videos are of acceptable quality.
Compact, fairly lightweight, durable, and sturdy.
Some users have reported that the DMC-TS20 suffers from slightly poor image quality. Images lack sharpness and feature some noise. The quality of the images is not terrible but could be better. Images appear to have some noise in them when viewed at full size.
Users report zoom is good if you are fairly close to the subject. Digital zoom is not the greatest.
Storage for Video Recordings
Users report that no matter how much storage you have, the TS20 will not record video over 30 minutes.
Panorama images are poor.
The Panasonic TS20 flashes a light even when the flash is set to off which means you can’t take a photo without some type of light flash going off.
There are no manual options on this digital camera, but it does include Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Image to aid in more accurate shooting.
Some consumers report waterproofing failures on this camera (although this tends to be true of all consumer cameras advertised as waterproof). It’s difficult to say with certainty whether these failures result from the misuse of the camera by the owner, or if they are genuine faults. The best thing to do is to treat the camera with extreme care and follow all the instructions to the letter.
Is The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Worth Buying?
All of the listed features for this camera make it an excellent all-around action camera. Although there are some issues with the DMC-TS20, they appear not to be the norm and shouldn’t be considered a deal breaker. Some of the same issues exist in rival products as well.
Most consumers that have bought tough, rugged waterproof cameras caution against having high expectations regarding the image and video quality. The cameras will not produce the same quality images or video as a DSLR camera. You have to keep in mind that what you get for a tough and rugged camera, i.e., waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof that you have to give up something and that’s usually image quality.
The camera performs well and the price is affordable. The Panasonic Lumix DMC TS20 is recommended and is one of the top best-sellers on Amazon.