Panasonic TS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 front
  • 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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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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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 #52 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over-all #953 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS30
TS20 vs TS30
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS6
TS20 vs TS6
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS5
TS20 vs TS5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS20 vs TS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2025-100mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS20 vs TS4
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
TS20 vs TS3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2
TS20 vs TS2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
TS20 vs TS10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS1
TS20 vs TS1

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.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
environment proofing
features tracking autofocus
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
lighter than average (142 grams)
rather wide (25mm)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
does not posses selfie friendly screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual mode not possible
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.7)
missing external mic socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Time Lapse recording
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
small sensor (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

Photography Glossary

Below is a visual of the Panasonic TS20 with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button arrangement on the TS20.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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good megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

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.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
lighter than others in class (142g)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with Panasonic TS20

A low sports photography points tally of 41 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.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
weather sealing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Panasonic TS20 Travel photography advice

Portability is pretty important when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic TS20 gets a above average 70 as a travel camera which is a fine choice to purchase for your holidays.

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lighter than others (142 grams)
environment sealing
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

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 41 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate within the current market.

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decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode

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.

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pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (142 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic port

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.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20
Also called as
Lumix DMC-FT20
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
8 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1300 secs
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.40 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
142g (0.31 lbs)
Physical dimensions
101 x 58 x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Battery life
250 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost