- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
- 142g - 101 x 58 x 19mm
- Released January 2012
- Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT20
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- Size Comparison
Panasonic TS20 summary
Panasonic TS20 is Panasonic's Waterproof digital camera first revealed on January of 2012. The camera uses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-FT20" in certain markets.
The TS20 ranks at #51 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over-all #919 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.
Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic TS20 history
The Panasonic TS20 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all older and the latest models as well as key features.
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Panasonic TS20 Gallery
You can check the TS20 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic TS20 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic TS20 based on aspects that are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.
Panasonic TS20 Sensor info
The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic TS20 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor has 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the TS20's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The TS20 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic TS20 dimensions
Panasonic TS20 weighs 0.31 lbs (142g or 5.01 ounces) & has external dimensions of 101mm x 58mm x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g and the Panasonic TS20 is less heavy when compared to various competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Below is a visual of the Panasonic TS20 with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will show you the button arrangement on the TS20.
Panasonic TS20 Lens info
The TS20 includes a built in lens featuring a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant but it may be very helpful in certain circumstances.
At the widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.9 and that is pretty slow and not the best for low light occasions and you will probably find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to up the ISO causing noisy images. For the tele end, 100mm comes with f5.7 making it fairly sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic TS20 Connectivity
The TS20 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and at times alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Panasonic TS20 Video info
The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic TS20 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You really should strive for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone jack which means you get little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to get an alternative camera if you need decent sound for your videos.
Panasonic TS20 Weather Sealing
Panasonic TS20 has got environment proofing which makes it a good choice for use during challenging environments. This can be especially useful whenever you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.
Panasonic TS20 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic TS20 houses a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details for Panasonic TS20 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are particularly useful.
Panasonic TS20 Shutter info
Panasonic TS20 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.
Panasonic TS20 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic TS20 comes with only in-built flash with missing external flash support.
Panasonic TS20 Autofocusing info
Panasonic TS20 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor boasts 23 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Panasonic TS20 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful during low light or you require more exact depth of field control.
Panasonic TS20 Battery life
The battery life for the Panasonic TS20 is fashioned to last for 250 images according to the CIPA measurements making it on par with it's competitors. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the best (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Panasonic TS20 for various forms of photography
The following bar chart provides a summary of the Panasonic TS20 for various forms of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic TS20 as a Portrait photography camera
The Panasonic TS20 gets a points tally of 30 which is low, meaning that it is just not appropriate for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & potential to work with external flash.
Panasonic TS20 Street photography features
Having a nice rating of 67, the Panasonic TS20 is a good option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic TS20
A low sports photography points tally of 42 indicates the Panasonic TS20 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic TS20 Travel photography advice
Portability is pretty important when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic TS20 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a fine choice to purchase for your holidays.
Panasonic TS20 Landscape photography factors
If you're planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic TS20 and it's low rating of 42 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate within the current market.
Panasonic TS20 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera really should have a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic TS20 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 31.
Panasonic TS20 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the TS20, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Waterproof.
The graph below provides you a bird's eye view of the TS20 versus it's highest ranked rivals shown previously.
There are more cameras you may consider as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.