Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 digital camera, £174.95 - £35 cashback = £139.95 at John Lewis
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 digital camera, £174.95 - £35 cashback = £139.95 at John Lewis

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Found 6th Jan 2012
Great price for a good all-round ultra zoom, compact camera from a reliable retailer. This is the best price I can find at the moment, also available in other colours.

Product Information

The Panasonic TZ20 will ensure you capture treasured moments on your travels in the finest details thanks to 14.1 megapixels and a powerful 16x Optical Zoom. Line up your perfect shot too with the 3-inch intelligent LCD screen and record crisp Full HD videos of special family moments.

Features:

- Featuring a 24mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, compared to a normal 35mm lens, you’ll be able to capture up to 213% more in your photos meaning you’ll easily fit every last member of your family into those group pictures at special occasions.

- Take fantastic 3D photos, producing a realistic, low-distortion 3D image from up to 20 consecutive images shot whilst panning. The 3D image can then be viewed on a compatible 3D ready TV.

- Shoot videos in Full HD for perfect clarity and best of all you’ll even be able to employ the 16x optical zoom in shooting mode, allowing you to focus in on the action.

- Helping to establish the TZ20 as the ultimate travel partner, a built-in GPS system will store where the photo was taken and these geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on the maps of social media internet maps for you to share with friends and families. It will also name the location and landmark using the internal data to give real-time information on the area of shooting and will add reference and fun during your travels.

- Fantastic sound can also be captured thanks to Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, allowing you to record high quality audio and match beautiful motion images with outstanding stereo sound. A Wind Cut function is will also help to block out most of the noise from background wind.

- Nano Surface Coating boasts an extremely low reflectance ratio compared with the conventional multi coating on lenses, helping to suppress image ghosting on your photos.

- Intelligent Zoom can extend the zoom ratio by approximately 1.3x, maintaining the picture quality even when combined with this digital zoom process. This means the 16x optical zoom can be virtually extended to a 20x equivalent, taking you even closer to the action.

- Power OIS provides you with unprecedented hand-shake correction, ensuring that all your shots are clear, without any hint of blurring.

- A quick and simple upload feature lets you select images and videos in playback which you wish to upload, then after inserting your memory card into your computer, your selected files are uploaded directly to your Facebook or YouTube account.

- A large 3-inch intelligent LCD screen automatically adjusts the screen brightness as the surrounding brightness levels changes. It presents images so well you’ll be able to check focus, scene settings and background effects.

- Intelligent Auto mode will aid you in taking stunning photos, automatically adjusting Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector with Sunset Mode, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking.

- Images are clear and crisp thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology which concentrates on three areas: outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, this technology precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area.

Packed into a sleek and compact design, the TZ20 provides unprecedented zoom for a camera of its side. Guaranteeing perfect photos every time, it makes an ideal travel companion.

162 Comments

Good price for the latest in a series of great travel cameras. However, there seems to be a growing view that the TZ20 is a backward step in quality compared to its predecessors.

Great price , great camera.

Great deal - selling on amazon for over 200

Also available in black, silver as well at same price

[/quote]However, there seems to be a growing view that the TZ20 is a backward step in quality compared to its predecessors.


Voted hot on price, but have heard the usual about too many pixels from the processor. Don't think many people need 14.1MP from a compact camera?
I bought a TZ10 last August for £170 and it seems people prefer this on quality of picture. However the TZ20 has been upgraded from the TZ10, and what a great price. £250 - £300 on launch a few months ago?

£162.98 delivered from digigood

I suspect the digigood model is not Panasonic UK stock and therefore not eligible for the £35 cashback. John Lewis for me everytime.

I got the Canon SX220HS for a bit less than this and can highly recommend it. Canon had £30 cashback on it but I don't know if that is still going. I considered the TZ20 but the reviews favoured the canon and the nikon super-zooms.

Hot, paid over £200 for the TZ19 only a few months ago!

Anyone know any good deals for tz10 I need a cam that's good in the dark.

I love my TZ8, I paid more than this for it, and this is the upgraded model with better specs in almost every way, and from a good supplier. Excellent price for what (I have to assume) is an excellent camera.

lukewalker48

I love my TZ8, I paid more than this for it, and this is the upgraded … I love my TZ8, I paid more than this for it, and this is the upgraded model with better specs in almost every way, and from a good supplier. Excellent price for what (I have to assume) is an excellent camera.



the tz8 is better than the tz20. try taking a picture in a dimly lit room!

I bought this from a previous Amazon post for £150; including cashback. I also have used the TZ10 for work and got to say that I'm very impressed with the TZ10, but not so much by the TZ20. Battery life is a lot poorer and indoor shots are not brilliant. The thing I dislike the most is the touch screen. Whilst a touch screen is brilliant for phone use, on the TZ20 it's not that useable. I inevitably take random shots every time I use it and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off - unless anyone can tell me otherwise?

Cashback link: lumixlifestyle.co.uk/cas…tz/
Edited by: "HertzVanRental" 6th Jan 2012

I have the TZ18 and i love it. £140 for this model is a no brainer....super deal.

That's a great price for the spec. and heat is added accordingly.

However, the one thing virtually all these digi compact cameras are missing is an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that you can look through for taking pics. I find it virtually impossible to take photos in bright daylight using the rear screen - you just can't see very well.

On my old Panasonic FZ28 I never use the rear screen for taking photos at all. EVF all the way. I wish more cameras would have this feature. Certainly if this camera had it, I would definitely buy it at that price with the 16x zoom.
Edited by: "ronmanager" 6th Jan 2012

davestavros

I got the Canon SX220HS for a bit less than this and can highly recommend … I got the Canon SX220HS for a bit less than this and can highly recommend it. Canon had £30 cashback on it but I don't know if that is still going. I considered the TZ20 but the reviews favoured the canon and the nikon super-zooms.


no GPS on 220HS, so can't compare.
And please don't start, "you don't need GPS anyways, drains battery..etc"

smithcrisp

Anyone know any good deals for tz10 I need a cam that's good in the dark.


TZ10 is not good in the dark.
I got one, don't like shooting the dark with it.

Tempted by this as an upgrade for my ZS3 but is there still that video recording limit of 28 mins 59 secs for tax reasons on the TZ20 like the TZ10? If so I'll need to go for a non-European ZS model again. And presumably we're due an announcement on this year's new model soon (isn't it normally end of Jan?) so not sure if I should wait and see what that brings even if it's significantly more money.

Thanks OP went for it

philipkole

no GPS on 220HS, so can't compare.And please don't start, "you don't need … no GPS on 220HS, so can't compare.And please don't start, "you don't need GPS anyways, drains battery..etc"




But a lot people don't need GPS lol. I think ill remember where my pics were taken.

I had the TZ20 of Santa (Love it) but John Lewis not helpful and only came in Black!!!! I had Blue from Panasonic who also give £35 cash back!

Great deal with the cashback. I picked up the TZ18 for £94.99 after cashback last week and I'm really Impressed with that model

smithcrisp

Anyone know any good deals for tz10 I need a cam that's good in the dark.



You need a DSLR then - or a large sensor compact.

Does the GPS work any better on the TZ20?, the TZ10 takes forever to get a lock, by the time it does, you've packed the thing away.

tightar5e

Does the GPS work any better on the TZ20?, the TZ10 takes forever to get … Does the GPS work any better on the TZ20?, the TZ10 takes forever to get a lock, by the time it does, you've packed the thing away.


yeah it takes too long, I manually update it smtimes

MarzBarz

But a lot people don't need GPS lol. I think ill remember where my pics … But a lot people don't need GPS lol. I think ill remember where my pics were taken.


there are many other advantages

inertia

the tz8 is better than the tz20. try taking a picture in a dimly lit room!



Having a brief look about on the 'net, seems that the TZ20 gets great reviews, but comments from users of previous models (TZ7, TZ8 etc) complain that the image quality is worse. I'm no photography buff so I'm not qualified to comment, really. I like the sound of the high res touchscreen and 16x zoom and 1080p video, none of which my TZ8 has. As a untrained, casual snapper, I like the idea of being able to focus on a subject by just tapping the touchscreen - being able to do stuff fast and easily suits me as my photography usually gets done in the few seconds when I'm not chasing a toddler...

Shame about the picture quality issue then, but I would say that considering the other features, and considering the price is about the same as the TZ-8, it sounds like a decent deal.

scorching !oO

inertia

the tz8 is better than the tz20. try taking a picture in a dimly lit room!





even then, find a better camera with these features for £135..
definite buy if u need one..

I got one of these from Amazon about a month ago (for about the same price)...

As an enthousiast photographer for over 30 years (Using FF and APS DSLRs) for most of my photographic activities), I was looking for a small camera I could take along with me and landed on this model (I also was intrigued by all the features it had... from GPS to full HD).

There are some marginally better compact cameras, but, AFAIK, they are also significantly more expensive (Canon S100, Panasonic LX5, etc.). I did play with a Canon 230HS but found it sluggish. The Fuji cameras with Raw mode did tempt me but cost more at the time.

Picture quality is definitely not DSLR like while looking on a monitor at 100% resolution (no raw for one, limited dynamic, some compression artefacts), but it is still acceptable up to 400 ISO (set the camera to 100 ISO, and use 'Natural colours' for the best results). Some of the controls are of limited value (Aperture mode...) and I wish it were possible to play with sharpening levels (default is OK though), etc. but, short of printing above A4 size, this camera gives good results.

Its lens is good (not very fast mind you) from 24mm FF equivalent onwards, its exposure system works well (with/without flash), it is responsive, etc. and has good video performance (for the price).

Clearly a good hybrid (Sony NEX, for instance) will be much better, but price and size are quite different then.

Great camera, Update to the latest firmware from Panasonic Japan and wave goodbye to the initial bugs. If 14.1 mp is to high, drop it down to 10mp...

Perfectly fine camera, great build quality, small, compact and at this price a complete bargain!!!

Voted super hot from me!!

oh yeah, lets not forget ITS £135!!
Edited by: "anygreg" 6th Jan 2012

is this a touch screen? dpreview says it is...

philipkole

is this a touch screen? dpreview says it is...


Yep, touch screen it is

Well, its has a touch screen, but its role is fairly limited:
- You can use the screen to set where the focus should be (and take a picture if so desired), and flip/zoom in playback mode
- You can also use it to select one of 3-6 selections in the top level menu (but not for any of the submenus!)
- You can adjust the zoom with it (although there is also a set of buttons for this)

This is no deal breaker though (even if I can't help think that this feature was added at the last minute and that a firmware upgrade could have made things much better... probably for next year's model)

RueFondary

Well, its has a touch screen, but its role is fairly limited:- You can … Well, its has a touch screen, but its role is fairly limited:- You can use the screen to set where the focus should be (and take a picture if so desired), and flip/zoom in playback mode- You can also use it to select one of 3-6 selections in the top level menu (but not for any of the submenus!)- You can adjust the zoom with it (although there is also a set of buttons for this)This is no deal breaker though (even if I can't help think that this feature was added at the last minute and that a firmware upgrade could have made things much better... probably for next year's model)




decision decision..
now what to buy, this or Canon SX230 (used (almost new), that my friend is selling for £95)?

How easy is it to claim cashback?
is it guaranteed?

Original Poster

Just need to register your details at:

lumixlifestyle.co.uk/cas…tz/

All you need is a photo of the box barcode and receipt.

philipkole

no GPS on 220HS, so can't compare.And please don't start, "you don't need … no GPS on 220HS, so can't compare.And please don't start, "you don't need GPS anyways, drains battery..etc"



I didn't start anything! You were the one who went on the offensive for no reason. I don't think the TZ20 has a 240fps movie mode so I guess that they aren't comparable for that reason either... Rarely used features shouldn't stop comparison. The reason I didn't say the SX230 is because the cash-back wasn't available for that model when I purchased the SX220 so that made is £70 more expensive. I use a geo logging app on my android phone anyway because it saves battery life and means that I can add location to pics taken with my DSLR, too.

Does this have a metal case?

also, would I get a free extended guarantee from John Lewis? I heard somewhere that John Lewis offer free guarantee extensions on electrical goods.

chrishyder

Just need to register your details … Just need to register your details at:http://www.lumixlifestyle.co.uk/cashback/lumix-tz/All you need is a photo of the box barcode and receipt.




Is this the true link? Its shows cashback in euro's and not £'s
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