Archive | January 5, 2013

The Amazing 20X Optical Zoom On The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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..by Anura Guruge


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 14.1 MP with 20x Optical Zoom, in black, as is Deanna’s

Deanna’s BIG Christmas present for 2012 (after the FitBit last year) was a black Panasonic Lumix ZS20 digital camera with 20x optical zoom. With our lifestyle, with the kids and the Goldens, we need a decent ‘point-and-shoot’. The one that Deanna was using, also a Panasonic Lumix, viz. the DMC-FP1 in gold, about 3 years old, was beginning to show its age. The kids, and sometimes I, have been known to drop it, sometimes even in shallow water or snow.

I started researching mid-priced ‘point-and-shoots’ in early December. The Panasonic ZS20 invariably popped up, with the 20x optical zoom always highlighted as a big plus. Deanna takes a lot of pictures of Maya, our 18 month Golden. Maya is even more of a water dog than most Goldens. Loves to swim, swims for long periods and swims far. With the old Panasonic Maya would sometimes just be this small orange blob in the middle of the lake. With the 20x Deanna would be able to snap her, in full glory, way out in the lake.

So, I bought a ZS20 from Amazon (with a fast 32GB memory card). I tend to buy most things from Amazon, eBay and TigerDirect my two fall backs, though I do start with TigerDirect for most of my computer-related purchases, unless it is, of course, a Google Nexus Android Pad, in which case I buy it directly from Google.

Deanna loves her new camera. We now have three Panasonic digitals, including an SLR. The only problem with that, and I haven’t looked into whether I can fix it, is that all the images have roughly the same name. Since we use all three cameras, and I like to put all pictures into folders organized by month or major event, it becomes difficult to work out which pictures came from which Panasonic, unless I sort them ‘by name’ rather than ‘by date’. Not a big deal. The camera has more features than she knows what to do with. It even has built in GPS.

Anyway, these two pictures illustrate, stunningly, the awesome power of the 20x ZOOM on the ZS20. Deanna was out in our front yard yesterday when she heard the characteristic tap-tap tapping of a woodpecker. We do have a fair amount of peckers up here. It was coming from trees across the road. The trees were probably 70 yards away from where she was. For a start there is a 25′ road between us and the trees.

Anyway, the first picture shows the trees, across the road, with no zoom.

The second picture shows what a 20x digital zoom can do.

The trees with the woodpecker in them with 0 zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The trees with the woodpecker in them with 0 zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The beauty of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 20x digital zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The beauty of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 20x digital zoom. Click to ENLARGE.


Maya, our non-stop swimming Golden, in mid-September 2012, as Teischan and I take our last Standup Surfboard ride

Maya, our non-stop swimming Golden, in mid-September 2012, as Teischan and I take our last Standup Surfboard ride

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