Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20



Record Modes & Screens


(Note: All screens and menus can be displayed on either the EVF or LCD.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Program AE mode screen. Flash is disabled, ISO is set to 80, image size is 2560x1920, Fine quality, battery is fully charged, the OIS (image stabilizer) is enabled in Mode 1, there's 192 pictures remaining. The time and date is displayed for a few seconds when you first turn the camera on or change modes. On the bottom is the metering mode, aperture and shutter speed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Pressing the Display button cycles through various displays including the live histogram shown above.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

One of the advanced exposure modes is Shutter-speed priority which allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera matches the proper aperture. Fast shutter speeds allow you to "freeze" rapid moving subjects or "blur" them with a slower shutter speed.

The Aperture priority mode is similar, it allows you to select a specific aperture value to control depth of field (range of focus). A small aperture number gives you a shallower depth of field to put the background out of focus.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

In Manual exposure mode you select both the shutter speed and aperture - you must also select the right combination to get the proper exposure level. An on-screen meter will display the exposure value as you change the settings.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Press the 4-way controller "Up" to enable AE Bracketing and set the EV step value or to apply Exposure Compensation or Flash Exposure Compensation.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Record Menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
    Pict. Size - 25604x1920, 2560 (HDTV 16:9 format), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
    Quality - TIFF uncompressed or JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio Rec. - Record 10 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, B/W
    Picture Adjust -
      Contrast - Low, Standard, High
      Sharpness - Low, Standard, High
      Saturation - Low, Standard, High
      Noise Reduction - Low, standard, High

    Stabilizer - Image stabilizer; Off, Mode1, Mode2
    Flip Animation - Create small in-camera animations
    Conversion - Auxiliary lenses, wide or telephoto




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or delete the last image taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get closer than 2 inches (wide angle) to your subject.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Movie mode captures motion JPEG at 320 x 240 pixels at 30 or 10 frames per second with audio. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash or Manual set
    Motion Rate - 30fps or 10fps
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Stabilizer - Image stabilizer; Off, Mode1
    Conversion - Auxiliary lenses, wide or telephoto




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