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Panasonic Lumix LZ20 Bridge Camera - Red (16.1MP, 21x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)


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Red
  • x 21 Optical zoom
  • 16 mega pixel
  • manual exposure

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Colour Name: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 100 cm ; 390 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: DMC-LZ20E-R
  • ASIN: B008N8NZC6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,239 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Red

Product Description

Photo Quality

High-Quality Pictures with 16-megapixel CCD

Panasonic's high resolution 16.1 megapixel imaging chip provides high quality pictures with the flexibility to print out large sized photographs or crop into parts of the image while still retaining a good pixel count.

Super Zoom 21x Optical Zoom Lens

One of the benefits of a bridge camera is the wide choice of focal range on offer in a lens that is built-in to the camera. With a focal range of 25-525mm equivalent, that means a zoom magnification of 21 times. So when you need to get close to the subject, but the subject can't come close to you, the LZ20 is perfect.

48.5x EX Optical Zoom

With such a high resolution sensor on board the LZ20 it is possible to offer an extended zoom range by cropping in to the centre part. When using less than a 3 megapixels area of the image it is possible to shoot at a 48.5x zoom.

25mm (Equivalent) Wide-angle Lens

Of course sometimes you want to photograph wide vistas or just fit a large group of people into the shot. This is where the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens on board this camera comes into its own. Its wide angle of view allows more of your subject into the photograph, which is great for those times when you can't step back far enough to fit it all in.

Optical Image Stabilisation

Image stabilisation is essential when taking high zoom pictures without the use of a tripod. Optical stabilisation is the best method as it counteracts the blur that normally occurs by hand holding the camera. With O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation), pictures are sharp and blur free even when the shooting conditions are tricky.

HD Video With Motion Jpeg

Sometimes a still picture just doesn't tell the whole story, so it's great to have High Definition video recording available on board your camera. Recording at 1280 x 720 resolution means your video recordings look great when watched on a HD TV or Computer.

Functionality & Ease of Use

High Resolution 3.0 Inch LCD With High Brightness Mode

A high resolution (460,000 pixels) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode

The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person's face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.

Manual Exposure Control
Dedicated exposure button for getting creative with the shutter speed setting
Dedicated exposure button for getting creative with the shutter speed setting

Digital cameras with any form of manual control normally come at the top-end of the range. The LZ20 however, offers a dedicated exposure button for getting creative with the shutter speed setting.

Program & Full Manual Options Via Mode Dial
The top mode dial offers more manual options
The top mode dial offers more manual options

There are just some shooting situations where "Automatic" mode is not flexible enough. As you grow in confidence using the camera you will want to stretch the capabilities of the camera more and more. This is where the mode dial on the top side of the LZ20 easily allows you access to the flexible creative modes "Program" and "Manual". Program is a semi-automatic mode that lets the camera initially make the appropriate settings but lets you over ride them. Manual mode is exactly what it suggests, a mode that give you full control over shutter and aperture.

180 Degree Panorama Shooting Mode
New for 2012 is the Panorama shooting mode
New for 2012 is the Panorama shooting mode

New for 2012 is the Panorama mode. Just select it in the scene menu and position yourself to take a wide 180 degree Panoramic photo. By holding down the shutter button while slowly swivelling your hips or turning around, a beautiful panoramic image can be made. The camera takes pictures consecutively while you turn. When the shooting ends, consecutively shot images are joined together to produce a single panoramic picture.

Multiple Scene Setting Auto Shooting Modes

Up to 18 pre-programmed scene modes can be offered (number varies depending on model) giving you the choice of a wide range of shooting scenarios. Just select the one that best describes the scene you are taking, and the camera makes the best settings automatically.

AA Battery Powered for Convenience

The LZ20 offers the added convenience of running on the widely available "AA" sized batteries. Either rechargeable Ni-MH or regular Alkaline batteries can be used. Despite being able to take up to 380 images* on one set of batteries, if you do run out of power, you are never far away from a replacement set. *Recording conditions by CIPA standard.

Networking

Extended Capacity SD Card Recording

Panasonic Lumix cameras are compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and the new extra capacity SDXC Memory Cards. So whether it's 1GB, 4GB or 64GB capacity you require, Lumix can accommodate.

Box Contains

4 AA Batteries
AV Cable
USB Cable
Shoulder Strap
Lens cap and string
Software

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Customer Reviews

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288 of 297 people found the following review helpful By fred26 on 9 Dec 2012
Colour Name: Black
I bought this bridge camera after returning a Nikon Coolpix L810 which had a defect when recording movies (not via Amazon as I didn't know they sold it).I am delighted with the Panasonic as it's less expensive than similar point & shoot cameras but still takes sharp pictures in good light conditions with the 21x zoom.
The pros are:
1.Good zoom lens with easy access mode dial on the top of the camera
2.Option to use manual mode if you wish. Unbelievable for a camera at this price.
3.It's well constructed, has an easy to navigate menu system on a 3" clear LCD viewfinder
4.Takes good HD video at 720p
5.Uses for 4 AA batteries for convenience. I recommend using NiMH rechargeable batteries rated with at least with 2300 mAh which I purchased via Amazon. I recommend Energiser
6.The camera appears to be more robust and the textured grip gives it a more solid feel than the Nikon Coolpix
7.Good macro pictures and the choice of various autofocus modes.
8.Panasonic iA setting works well if you wish to use the camera in idiot proof mode
The cons are:
1.Noise apparent in the pictures when the sensor's sensitivity (ISO) is increased above 200 so I recommend taking pictures at ISO 200 or 100 for best results. However, this will mean that the camera will automatically reduce shutter speed to get the correct exposure in low light conditions. Tripod will be required or a very steady set of hands. However, this is a problem that affects all point-and shoot cameras not just the Panasonic
2. It does not capture pictures in RAW but what do you expect at this price point!
3. The absence of a HDMI port to show HD videos on a HD TV is an obvious oversight
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223 of 236 people found the following review helpful By Cheapjack on 10 Jan 2013
Colour Name: Red Verified Purchase
I bought this camera at the last minute before going on holiday and thanks to Amazon's rapid dispatch was able to play with it for a couple of days before using it intensively for a week. It mostly lived up to expectations, although there a few little irrtations that you need to get used to or work around.

My previous camera is a very simple Fuji which reliably takes good pictures but I wanted something a bit better with a good optical zoom,so, as I'm not expert (or rich) enough to go for an SLR, decided on this bridge camera.

To get started there are some basic paper instructions (in upteen languages) which are very basic indeed and tell you little that is not obvious. There is a CD with a bit more detail on it, but even this is very brief and left a few unanswered questions.Both these are also available online.

Using the camera was pretty straightforward although a bit more complicated than a basic digital camera.
You can select the various standard modes like Scenery, Portrait etc. and it also has an 'intelligent auto' mode which is the point and click option, meaning it selects scenary, portrait, or macro mode etc. automatically. This works pretty well although sometimes it takes a while to sort itself out and while it does so the display is a bit confusing with various symbols and green or red rectangles popping up.Presumably these latter are something to do with the focus but being a bit of a beginner I havent worked them out yet and the manual does not help much. For the advanced user there is the option to set exposure etc. yourself which is a good feature for this price bracket.

The minor irritations I mentioned are:
- The camera will not start up with the lens cap on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By slowstolid on 14 Nov 2013
Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
The Camera performs very well and was able to do things that my previous camera could not. However when I switch the Camera on it has the annoying action of NOT switching on properly if the lens cap is in place. The system forces me to switch of and try again with the cap off. This is most annoying as, if I am in a hurry to take a picture the opportunity is missed and the split second of timing means I miss a good picture. The other annoying feature is the requirement for a particular variety of batteries to be fitted otherwise there are "error" style messages displayed and the battery life "statements" are out of synch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kirsty on 10 Sep 2013
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Simple, light, easy to hold and looks good. Bad things are it takes too long I between shots. Also it occasionally never focuses properly.
Still a good little camera for a beginner like me, and I'm not generally good at techy things but this I could easily use!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By mr smith on 22 April 2013
Colour Name: Red Verified Purchase
Being a total novice with cameras,i thought i would try a bridge one out.
I cant fault it.
price so cheap (almost same as a compact digital camera
robust
easy to sort out the controls eventually!
excellent picture quality.
super camera
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ Howard on 4 Dec 2013
Colour Name: Red Verified Purchase
I used this at Whipsnade Zoo and the zoom was truly amazing. The quality of the images printed to A3 size was better than my Nikon F3 that I had for many years. The camera was delivered on time, was well padded and at £82, was a bargain. I like the red colour too, it's different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hope on 18 Nov 2013
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A great camera for a great price of 65 quid, works great and has a fantastic wide angle,
takes flawless pictures with colour and sharpness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Moses on 19 Aug 2013
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good quality camera for the price!! does what it says on the tin cant really fault anything other than colour
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