Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K


A cheap point and shoot camera

Although we’ve never been fans of Panasonic, we really wanted to review Lumix DMC-FH20K for one simple reason: it is one of the most popular family cameras and we want to find out why. We believe that it was chosen by lots of people due to its low price and its compact design, but also due to the kind of job DMC-FH20K is doing. Let’s see the test and the camera review.

A common design

Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20KMeasuring just 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches, this camera brings a very high resolution (14 MP) on the digital compact cameras market, fact that definitely makes it attractive. Looking at Panasonic FH20K at a first sight, you wouldn’t say that it can possibly offer to much. That’s because its design looks just like a box, that doesn’t bring anything special. Basically, this camera was meant to be a high tech pocket camera, therefore nothing bad to say so far.

HD mode videos

Priced at nearly $180 (although it can be bought $30 cheaper from places like, DMC-FH20K isn’t a very sophisticated camera: doesn’t come up with special features, it isn’t capable of running high tech applications and so on. Instead, as it was meant to be a family camera, it can record video files and shoot pictures of a great quality. For instance, the maximum size of an image can hit 4,320×3,240 pixels while the maximum bared resolution for the video files is 1280×720 (in HD mode, of course). Though, it doesn’t bring any feature, most probably due to the fact that the producers wanted to keep the price as low as possible.

Not impressive macro mode

However, Lumix DMC-FH20K camera allows macro shooting, but only from a maximum distance of 3”. Compared to the Fujifilm S5000 series (compact, but a bit larger), it’s quite a minus for them, as the photos do not have the quality that most users would have expected from macro shooting.
As concerning the shooting modes, we went in most of the time, for Auto Mode, even though Sunset, Portrait, Landscape and Scenery modes could have been accessed too. That was mainly because the Auto Mode was the most appropriate one in all the cases, as the camera used to change by itself the settings, according to the exterior conditions.

Just ISO 1600

A minus comes from ISO sensitivity range that goes and 1600. Not very impressive, if you ask us, especially if we consider that some of the modes are not even decent.
Finally, we must mention that Panasonic DMC- FH20K camera has also an option that allows its users to shoot pictures continuously. However, during this mode, the quality of the pictures is affected seriously: from 6MP, it goes below 3 mp, therefore the users get a picture that is somehow similar to the pictures made by the old VGA phone made pictures. However, I guess that the price reflects very well the above aspects.

Review conclusion

That said, after testing and considering all the above aspects, Lumix DMC-FH20K is a camera that is worthy to be bought only by those who don’t care about the quality too much. Otherwise, there are other models that are way much better.

Technical specifications

– 14.1 megapixel
– 8x optical zoom
– Lumix DC VARIO lens
– Venus engine IV image processor
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical image stabilizer)
– HD movie mode with audio
– Li-ion rechargeable battery powered
– Intelligent ISO control
– Face detection
– Intelligent scene selector
– 2.7″ Intelligent LCD (230K pixels)
– Intelligent auto mode