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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

The Good
8x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, LCD screen, 14.1
megapixel recording, Intelligent Auto mode.
The Bad
Limited zoom capabilities, complicated controls, only comes in black.
Yay or Nay
Ignoring the few shortcomings this camera has, it is a nice model, and
is good for simple picture-taking. It has powerful zoom capabilities, as
well as a super-smart auto mode, for those who want a camera that
can basically work itself. It’s definitely worth considering for those who
are seeking out a new camera with multiple functions and settings for
an experienced user. However, it can present complications in terms of
settings for those who aren’t familiar with modern digital cameras like
this one.

 
 
 
Overview

As a whole, this camera has immense potential concerning photo and
video quality. It is an all-in-one camera, which is an improvement
on past models that have failed to include features like HD video, or
an “Intelligent Mode” for those who prefer the camera to be on auto.
It packs a punch with powerful specs like its 28mm wide angle lens,
which can be converted to a larger 35mm size.

Snapshots

Taking pictures with this camera means have high-quality photos to
show when you put them on your computer. With an easy-to-operate
auto mode, this camera makes simply pointing and shooting very
simple. The optical image stabilization feature means that even if
you have trouble holding the camera still, the picture won’t come out
blurry.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

Video

Users will be able to watch video footage they film in HD. Although
the amount of time you can record video for is somewhat limited, it is
ultimately worth it considering the quality you get when playing it back
on your computer or HD television.

Photo Quality and Extras

The quality of the photos which are taken using this camera is superb.
It produces 14.1 megapixel pictures and videos, providing a higher
standard of photo-taking. With a super quick AF, it can focus on
moving subjects faster than any previous model. This means that
even when what you want to shoot won’t stay still, you can still get a
nice snapshot. The “Intelligence Mode” is a nice feature for those who
can’t or don’t have to time to decide which setting would be best for
taking a picture of something or someone. It makes the best decision
based on the subject and lighting. The 8x optical zoom is also a good
feature for closing in on subjects which are far away while still getting
a quality picture.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20


Downside

One of the biggest downsides to this camera is the fact that the max
video recording length isn’t very long, so those who plan on using
this camera as a video recorder might want to rethink their choice.
Beginners might also have trouble using some of the different controls,
as this camera is made more for people who already know what they
are doing.

Conclusion

This camera is a good package of modern features for someone who
is at least somewhat familiar with how these types of cameras work.
Priced around $180 it is a decent price for what you get. Someone
who needs a camera for amateur purposes will want to think about
investing in this model, simply because it offers most of the features
that you would expect out of a digital camera. It is a solid purchase
that you won’t regret.

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