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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH20/DMC-FS30 14.1 MP Digital Camera - Red

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Product description
  • 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens in a compact body
  • Powerful 8x optical zoom
  • Up to 16.9x extra optical zoom
  • Sonic Speed AF
  • Venus Engine IV
  • Higher image quality with advanced signal processing
Product Information
The DMC-FH20 features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high quality Lumix DC Vario lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm) into a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body, yet achieving exceptional optical performance.The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do - for both everyday snapshots and traveling.The extra optical zoom uses the center of the CCD to further extend the powerful 8x optical zoom when a resolution of less than 14.1-megapixel is used. This extends the zoom ratio up to 16.9x (35mm camera equivalent: 473mm) for images with 3-megapixel resolution or less. Adding the extra optical zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 67.5x.The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FH20 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second for auto focusing. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-speed, high-performance shooting. Venus Engine IV also effectively raises the precision of various functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Along with its extremely high performance, Venus Engine IV reduces power consumption thanks to a number of energy efficiency improvements.Panasonic's advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine IV applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO 1600 high sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.

Product Features
  • 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens in a compact body
    The DMC-FH20 features a newly developed 28mm wide-angle high quality Lumix DC Vario lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm) into a slim, compact body. Comprising 9 elements in 7 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body, yet achieving exceptional optical performance.
  • Powerful 8x optical zoom
    The DMC-FH20 sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do - for both everyday snapshots and traveling.
  • Up to 16.9x extra optical zoom
    The extra optical zoom uses the center of the CCD to further extend the powerful 8x optical zoom when a resolution of less than 14.1-megapixel is used. This extends the zoom ratio up to 16.9x (35mm camera equivalent: 473mm) for images with 3-megapixel resolution or less. Adding the extra optical zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 67.5x.
  • Sonic Speed AF
    The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-FH20 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second for auto focusing. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.
  • Venus Engine IV
    The image-processing engine, Venus Engine IV, uses advanced signal processing to give you beautiful images even when the sensitivity is high. Multi-task signal processing is employed for all images to enable high-speed, high-performance shooting. Venus Engine IV also effectively raises the precision of various functions, such as MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Along with its extremely high performance, Venus Engine IV reduces power consumption thanks to a number of energy efficiency improvements.
  • Higher image quality with advanced signal processing
    Panasonic's advanced noise reduction system in the Venus Engine IV applies noise reduction (NR) to luminance noise and chromatic noise separately. As a result, beautiful images with minimal noise can be reproduced all the way up to ISO 1600 high sensitivity at full resolution for beautiful night shots or dimly lit indoor shots.


Product Identifiers
BrandPanasonic
ModelDMC-FH20/DMC-FS30
MPNDMC-FH20R
UPC411378203359, 845251015454, 845251015546, 845251015560, 885170001244

Key Features
Camera TypePoint & Shoot
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Sensor Resolution14.1 MP
Screen Size2.7"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.33"
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Macro Focus Range5cm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera28 - 224mm

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/1600 sec
Min Shutter Speed60 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Program
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)
Light Sensitivity Max6400

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range0.6 m - 5.8 m
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size40 MB
Supported Flash MemoryBuilt-in, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Dimensions
Depth1.09 in.
Height2.22 in.
Width3.94 in.
Weight4.8 Oz.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - mono
Microphone Operation ModeMono

Connections
Connector Types1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, USB to computer
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatMJPEG, Motion JPEG, QuickTime
Still Image FormatDCF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG

Resolution
Max Video Resolution1280 x 720

Other Features
Additional Features720p HD Movie Recording, Automatic Face Tracking, Backlight Compensation, Built-In Help Guide, Built-In Speaker, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Intelligent Scene Selector, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, Standard, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Face DetectionYes
Shooting ModesFrame Movie Mode

Miscellaneous
Shooting ProgramsAerial photo, Baby1, Baby2, Beach, Candle, Film grain, Fireworks, Flash-burst, Food, Hi-speed burst, High sensitivity, Night portrait, Night scene, Party/indoor, Pet, Portrait mode, Scenery, Self-portrait, Snow, Soft skin, Sports mode, Starry sky, Sunset, Transform
Special EffectsBlack & White, Cool, Natural, Sepia, Vivid, Warm
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Halogen (Preset), Shade (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed4.6 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100139303

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewVery Good

  • THE GOOD

    Easy to use; flexible lens in a compact metal body; very good value for features, performance, and photo quality.

  • THE BAD

    Feature set might be too basic for some.

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

    Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH20 is a very good value for anyone in need of a basic point-and-shoot with a midrange zoom.

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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 52 user reviews

96%

of customers recommend this product

Rating distributions

    Created: 03/16/11

    Panasonic DMC-FH20 14.1 megapixels Digital Camera

    So far I love everything, but Im still learning the camera. I take a lot of Macro shots, and it has a special feature just for that, so I'm happy.
    Color stays vivid at close range shots, Zoom feature is great. Normal pictures are awesome.
    It has many features to have fun with. Best of all, it's easy to use
    I looked at the comparisons on line to see what one shot camera rated best for year 2010, and the Panasonic fh20, was high in the top 10 best camera list

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 05/10/11

    Excellent, solidly built camera that outperforms it's price range.

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
    Review For: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FH20/DMC-FS30 14.1 MP Digital Camera - Red

    This is a very good camera. It is particularly good, better than the newer model DMC FH-25 (which I also own) in very low light. Panasonic Customer Service people are great. I had a particular low light question about my newer model so I called them and they researched it with their engineers in Japan before calling me back with specifics.

    It turns on very quickly, has great burst speeds and an exceptional zoom for a small compact camera. The Intelligent Auto button on top is a great feature that can make anyone look like a professional. The Macro features work well and produce very detailed pics. This camera is simple to use and easily mastered. I think this is a can't miss purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

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    Created: 07/02/11

    I'd recommend and buy this camera again.

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    Easy to use as a point and shoot, but has many additional options - equally easy to access and use. 8X zoom more than most other cameras in this price range that I researched; 14 megapixels more than adequate. Only drawback I care about: does not seem to have a macro setting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

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    Created: 02/02/14

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    Easy to use, lots of great features. It is exactly what I was looking for in an every day camera. I don't know where you can get a better camera for the price. 14 mega pixels and an 8 x optical zoom with a 28 mm wide angle.

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