The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera comes from the respected high-end camera manufacturer and is part of its famous Lumix line of cameras. The specification of this camera includes a 14.1 MP sensor, 16x optical zoom and a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display. In this article we will review the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera and see if you should consider buying one.


The specification of the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera includes:

  • 14.1 MP sensor
  • 16x optical zoom
  • 3 inch touchscreen LCD
  • 24mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 1080p video recording functionality

Image performance

The image performance of the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 is great with clear shots during high light levels. The camera does struggle when used in low light but this is an issue with many digital cameras of this size and type. The zoom is fast and the image stabilizer works to boost the clarity of the image. This camera also offers 1080p video and it appears to be of reasonable quality for a compact camera of this price. 

Design and ergonomics

The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera is a compact device with a traditional small camera design. It does have a very square aspect and there are a lot of buttons to help get to the right function. The killer feature on this camera is the touch screen interface that allows benefits like a larger screen and larger onscreen buttons to control the cameras functions.

Other aspects

This camera has a great 3-inch touchscreen to control the functions of the camera. It also has technology such as GPS to geo-tag your photos around the world and a 1080p video mode to take high definition video. Another feature is that the camera offers the ability to take 3D photos.


  • 16x optical zoom
  • 1080p video mode
  • 14.1 MP sensor
  • 3-inch touchscreen interface
  • Image stabilisation


  • Poor low light performance
  • GPS functionality can be slow to work

Is the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 right for you?

The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera is a good digital camera available for a competitive price of around £200 in the UK or equivalent worldwide. It offers a very impressive specification with few downsides – notably its low light performance, but it would be suitable for anyone wanting to buy a higher end compact camera or as a portable camera to work alongside a DSLR.


Before you buy any camera, you should try to test it in store. You should be able to find this model of camera, or at least a similar model that will let you test the ergonomics of the camera. You can also test the camera for aspects like shuttering lag and facing detection. Searching the cameras model number in sites like YouTube and Flickr can show you real world pictures and videos. These will allow you to see how the camera performs in the real world in different environments.

If you liked this review then you may also want to check out my camera reviews such as the Panasonic Lumix FZ45, the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100,  the Panasonic Lumix TZ18 and the Nikon Coolpix P500.

Have you bought the Panasonic Lumix TZ20 digital camera? Would you recommend it to a friend? Would you buy a different camera if given the chance? Feel free to leave a comment below.