* Prices may differ from that shown
This review is not there to give specs and details about the camera, as you can find this on the Panasonic as well as other websites. The idea of this review is to warn the potential buyer. I have used a lot of different digital cameras and this one is one of the worst. The exterior design is great and the functionality is all there but it blurs horribly. Digital cameras in general blur more than analog but this one is so sensitive to movement and light that one doesn't know when the picture is going to be clear or not. It is not at all reliable. The latest models have image stabilisers which help a great deal and, I think, make the later models worth their money but for this one I'd have to say that I am not at all impressed. It is an expensive camera and one would expect above average results but I was very dissappointed.
Quick, comfortable shooting and a slender form. Beautiful pictures and outstanding mobility. The compact LC20 makes it easy to enjoy the many features that distinguish the Lumix series, such as the exquisite rendering of the Leica lens and the superior shooting performance made possible by Panasonic's digital imaging technologies. With the Lumix LC20, Panasonic has established a new standard in basic digital camera performance. The Leica DC-Vario Elmarit lens featured on the LC20 is named after the Elmarit lens, the most compact member of Leica Camera AG's renowned lens family. A 3x optical zoom, equivalent to a 35 mm-105 mm zoom on a 35 mm camera, provides dynamic photographs of distant objects. It can be used with the 2x digital zoom to provide 6x zooming. At the core of the LC20 is a newly developed 2, 100, 000-pixel, 1/2.7" CCD, used to convert optical information into digital information. The advanced performance of this new CCD is enhanced by the use of a primary color filter, known for its superior color reproducibility. Panasonic's revolutionary Multitask Image Processing has slashed the time required between exposures. With the LC20, you can snap off consecutive full-size images at a lightning-fast five frames per second - ideal for shooting a fast-moving object or trying to catch the perfect expression on a face. The LC20's flash system is more than just an auxiliary light source. This provides fine light control over a wide range, extending all the way down to wide-angle close-ups within 3.9 inches (10 cm) of the object. The LC20 can record up to 20 seconds of moving images, with 320 x 240-pixel resolution. Moving images are recorded in the QuickTime (Motion JPEG) file format and can be played back on a PC with either a Windows or Mac OS operating system and QuickTime installed. The LC20 saves images onto an SD Memory Card. It gives you an easy way to link your LC20 with PCs, printers, TVs, and handheld computers equipped with an SD slot.