Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 review:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

The camera's lens does exhibit some barrel distortion at the wide end and a slight amount of pincushioning when fully extended. Center sharpness is very good and there's little to no drop-off out to the sides or in the corners. It's typical to find some fringing in high-contrast areas of photos. There is almost no fringing visible in photos taken at the lens' widest position, though it does show up at the telephoto end. However, it is only really visible when photos are viewed at full size.

Color is pleasing and natural. If you like your colors more saturated, you can switch from the camera's Standard color mode to Vivid when shooting in Normal Picture mode. Also, there's a noticeable color shift at the two highest ISO sensitivities. Other than the auto white balance being a touch warm under incandescent lighting, white balance is good. Exposure is likewise good, though I missed having the Intelligent Exposure feature on Panasonic's higher-end models.

The HD video quality is good--basically on par with HD minicamcorders. The biggest problem is there's noticeable judder when panning the camera; this happens with most point-and-shoot cameras, though. You don't get use of the optical zoom while recording, but you do get the optical image stabilization.

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH20 isn't very exciting, but it is a very good value for those in need of a basic point-and-shoot with a midrange zoom.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Fujifilm FinePix JZ500
2.7
2.8
2.8
0.6
0.4
Nikon Coolpix S6000
0.8
3.1
1.7
0.7
0.4

1.4
5.2
2.4
0.9
0.4
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370
2.3
4.2
1.9
1.6
0.8

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in frames per second)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

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