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This is my 3rd digital camera that I have, the first was bought in the last century 3 MP camera by Olympus with Smart card. The second was Panasonic FZ30, a good camera that still beeing used.
I was looking a pocket sized camera that have high resolution, Cheap, good lens wide lens and a little bit high zoom capability. My choice was Canon Powershoot A 2100 IS, and Nikon, famous brands. After searching for the best price in downtown Jakarta. The shop owner ask me why choose Canon, and he pick The Lumix FS20, please compare your choice with this. And he shoot some pictures with both camera, same setting and compare the pictures, I can clearly see the difference between that two, the lumix have much more clear picture than the other, the noise was better compensated and the lens is better than the canon. With a slightly less price than the Canon. The con of this Lumix is 1. only 4 x zoom compared to 6x; 2. only 10 MP compared to 12.1 MP; 3. battery life is short (I cannot make a full pictures at supplied 2GB SD card); 4. The capability is inferior compared to my Lumix FZ30
Panasonic is pleased to introduce the 10.1-megapixel DMC-FS20 camera of 30mm wide angle Leica DC lens with 4x optical zoom as a member of Lumix new FS series. The FS series, a sister line of the world-acclaimed FX series, pursues easy and simple operation with its high-grade profile for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures. Despite its remarkably compact body and slim profile, the stylish DMC-FS20 boasts a 30mm wide-angle Leica DC lens that lets capture the subject and the scene wider at the same standpoint than normal 35mm camera does. The DMC-FS20 incorporates a 3-inch large LCD and have 230,000-dot high resolution and Intelligent LCD function, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer a display with the most appropriate clarity in any situation.
The DMC-FS20 features the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which comprises 5 shooting-assist functions. Mega O.I.S. function suppresses hand-shake and Intelligent ISO Control prevents motion blur. The Intelligent Scene Selector sets the appropriate scene mode by automatically selecting it from the most frequently used scene modes, such as Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Portrait and Night Scenery. The Face Detection system detects a human face to set the focus and appropriate exposure for it automatically. The Quick AF system allows the camera to start focusing on the subject even without pressing the shutter button halfway, to get the best results from every shooting opportunity by minimizing the AF time. Once you enter iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.
The high-performance image-processing LSI has newly entered its fourth generation, to be reborn as Venus Engine IV to assure higher-quality pictures with an advanced signal processing system. The Easy Zoom feature shifts the lens instantly to full zoom at the touch of a dedicated button. Slideshows of captured images now offer a music effect that matches the mood so you can enjoy watching or showing your pictures with emotional impact.
Dressed in the metal-finished panel, the slim and sleek DMC-FS20 offers an enjoyment of taking great snapshots casually with committed ease of operation even for beginners.