Excellent not-quite-pocket-sized camera
the X20 is a super camera. It's not the game-changer the RX100 is (sensor size and variety of features in such a small package), but what you do get is a superior lens, no optical low pass filter - for crispy photographs, an actually usable viewfinder, 12fps, superb build quality, and delicious, delicious bokeh! If you're cross-shopping the RX100 and X20, it's certainly a tough decision. If fitting a camera in your purse or pocket is important, the RX100 wins hands down. For build quality?
Outstanding build quality
If your head has been turned by the headline-grabbing X100S, but you really, really want a zoom lens, then the X20 is on hand to more than satisfy your needs. £519 / $599 is admittedly a lot of ask for what is essentially still a compact camera at heart, despite all the fancy trappings, but for us the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users...
Fast hybrid AF with on-sensor phase detect points
The Fujifilm X20 is a major upgrade to the X10, with a brand new 12 Megapixel X-trans sensor and EXR II processor providing improved image quality and low light performance as well as new shooting modes, 1080p60 video and faster continuous shooting. The new sensor's phase-detect AF points provide the X20 with one of the fastest and most accurate AF systems around, at least for stills.
Excellent in-camera Raw conversion
The Fujifilm X20 is a true enthusiast's compact, with solid build quality, a fast lens, unique optical viewfinder, and sharp, high resolution photos. It offers a wide selection of manual controls, easily adjustable settings (thanks to twin control dials, the Fn button, and Quick Menu), and 1080/60p video recording. Downsides include a mediocre, hard-to-access movie mode and sub-par battery life.
Excellent image quality
The Fujifilm X20 delivers high image quality, unique handling and features, as well as an optical viewfinder, in a well built and stylish camera, with full manual controls, raw shooting and flash hot shoe. If these are features you're looking for, and have the money to invest, then the Fujifilm X20 comes highly recommended.
Low ISO images are sharp and class-leading
The Fujifilm X20 is not only the camera that irons out its predecessor's orb-related imaging issues, it's also the camera that pushes image quality up a notch to class-leading levels.
The chunky, retro-styled build doesn't make the X20 the tiniest of models and the design, even just aesthetically, won't suit all tastes - but we're big fans and think its looks are just as stand-out as its images.
Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus
The Fuji X20 is an excellent premium compact and the only one to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X20 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.
1080p HD video @ 60fps
The lens is the same as the X10's and has the same push-on cover. We noticed an improvement in the functionality of the focusing ring, which is now more sensitive and allows you to adjust the speed at which focus is changed. Turn it quickly to re-focus rapidly, or slowly for greater precision.
Higher-resolution screen, and improved video quality with stereo sound
In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is admittedly cheaper than the more expensive TZ40 model, but it does concede quite a lot of ground to achieve the more aggressive price-tag, and it doesn't offer that many upgrades over the previous TZ25 model. Therefore, while the DMC-TZ35 is certainly a very competent travel-zoom, it doesn't offer enough to convince us to save the extra outlay for its big brother, or more seriously for Panasonic one of its main rivals.
Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in slim body
The pricing and feature-set of TZ35 / ZS25 makes sense when compared to Panasonic's 2013 models and comes Recommended if you don't need the extras of the TZ40 / ZS30, but it's well worth keeping an eye on the price of last year's TZ30 / ZS20 while stocks last. At the time of writing, the TZ30 / ZS20 was discounted to a similar point as the new TZ35 / ZS25 in some regions, yet offered a touch-screen, GPS, 1080p video and faster continuous shooting in addition to the same 20x zoom range.
Excellent image quality, 20x zoom in a compact body
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 is an excellent choice for those looking for a very versatile travel camera. It has a very respectable 20x optical zoom lens packed into a very compact body, yet is capable of focusing at just 3cm for superb macro shots.
It could be improved if it had RAW shooting and a higher resolution screen.
This Camera Does It All!
If you do decide on purchasing the V-Lux 40, I hope you will be very happy with it! I know I am, and until the day Nikon or Canon make a significant improvement in their DSLR cameras in the price range I am comfortable in - I am perfectly fine and happy with this beautiful, little piece of technology.
Admittedly pretty good and moreover consistent snapshot photography
While most of us wouldn't normally dream of spending £550 on a snapshot camera - and doubtless there will be some in the Photography Blog readership spitting feathers, especially when the outlay could otherwise bag you a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 if you wanted to stick to premium compacts rather than DSLRs or CSCs - the boxy yet elegant V-Lux 40 will continue to win a select user base among Leica fanatics and those who want to stand apart from the crowd.
Faster continuous shooting
In the face of some tough competition, Panasonic have introduced a number of key features to their flagship travel-zoom camera to try and keep it ahead of the pack. The TZ20 notably offers a bigger 16x zoom, faster continuous shooting, full 1080i HD movies, a touchscreen LCD, 3D Photo Mode and faster auto-focus system, all at the same launch price as last year's TZ10 model.
Broad and well-corrected 16x zoom covers every situation
Ultimately the Lumix TZ20 / ZS10 misses out on our highest rating due to disappointing image quality, but still earns our Recommended award because first, most of its target audience will be satisfied by its output, and second, there's simply so much else to like about the camera that the good outweighs the bad.
Incredible focal range
The Panasonic TZ20 fills every need for a compact camera to take on your travels. Its versatility, however, makes it a great all-rounder for everyday use, as well. Small, subtle and capable of producing sharp, punchy pictures, it's ideal for street photography or days out. But with the Panasonic TZ20 price at around £300, you could probably wait for other manufacturers to catch up with its feature set and grab it (or an equivalent) for a little bit less.
3D shooting mode
In offering up another dual operation Lumix - touch screen and/or physical controls - Panasonic is providing a 'best of both worlds' option that is actually simpler to use than you might imagine after an initial play. Not all of us might need the full extent of the zoom being offered here, but after you've used a broader than average focal range, going back to a compact with a 3x, 4x or even 7x zoom option feels a bit like trying to take pictures with one hand tied behind your back.
Full manual and automatic controls
The Panasonic Lumix TZ20 has plenty of offer. It's a big improvement over the TZ10 before it and we're particularly fond of the newfound 16x optical zoom (24-384mm) lens. This provides a broad range to shoot with although, it has to be said, the overall final image quality at 100% isn't the best out there - yet it's ideal for day-to-day snaps.
Travel photographers who prefer a feature-packed camera will love the TZ20 with its GPS, long lens and HD video. Unfortunately, it doesn't produce better images than the earlier, award-winning TZ10 and the addition of the touchscreen hinders rather than helps the shooting experience.
Good video functionality
There is a lot to like about the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ20. It can produce clear and vibrant images, has a great zoom range, and it's absolutely feature-packed! It can shoot HD video, has geo-tagging, can shoot slow motion video, and it can take 3D photos. It even has some touchscreen functionality. We recommend it to anyone who wants a small and versatile camera.
A host of future proofing and manual control
Contentious pricing aside, the Leica V-LUX 30 is a very capable camera with a host of future proofing and manual control if pointing and shooting eventually numbs brain and senses. Whilst it may not be the cheapest nor sport the biggest lens, the Leica could be said to be conceivably the only travel zoom camera you may ever need - missing out only on being weatherproofed and shockproofed to truly make it a jack of all trades.
Good design and build quality
The 16x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation is very useful, with a wide angle view and detail is good at both ends of the lens, producing very good images and videos. The camera is very easy to use and feels good with a solid design. Yes, the camera is much more expensive than the very similar Panasonic Lumix TZ-20, but you are getting an a camera with a superb name, it looks classy and you get the Adobe software and two-year warranty.
A very well made camera
The Leica V-Lux 30 isn't the first compact from the manufacturer to simply look like a more expensive version of an existing Panasonic and one assumes nor will it be the last. The bare facts are that it is, however, a very well made camera that performs very well and in that sense, if you're on the lookout for a travel zoom, the V-Lux 30 could well be the only travel zoom you may ever need. Bear that in mind and Ã? Â£550 begins to look less contentious, as does Ã?
Classic minimalist Leica aesthetic
The Leica V-Lux 30 is a 15.1 megapixel (14.1 MP effective) digital camera designed to offer a range of high quality photo options and 1080i-AVCHD full HD video capability. A follow up to the V-Lux 20, that featured a 12x zoom and a 12.1 MP sensor, the 16x zoom lens on the V-Lux 30 features an extended range of focal lengths, equivalent to 24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format, suitable for a variety of shots such as wide-angle, macro, and telephoto shots of subjects at a distance.
With the ability to achieve crisp results no matter which point weâ??d arrived at in the Leica V-Lux 30â??s expansive focal range, and if we liked pinpoint where those images were shot on the world stage, the Leica whilst not being freezeproof, waterproof and shockproof is nevertheless one of the best realised travel zooms out there. Quality doesnâ??t come cheap however, which is the largest barrier to purchase when it comes to this ultimate travel companion for the point and shoot photographer.
Picture Quality Very Good, Usability So-So
I have had more time to work with the focusing issues on this camera, and my conclusion is that it is _terrible_ on focus -- slow and inaccurate. I rarely use point-and-shoot cameras. Most of the cameras I have used have been Canon (both professional DSLRs and point-and-shoots) and this is hands-down the worst camera I have yet seen for focusing. No matter how I adjust the settings (sports, facial recognition, landscape, portrait, etc.), it routinely fails to focus on the subject of interest.
Good Camera, but...
Overall, I really think that this camera is a very good buy, given all that it can stand and the places I can take it without having to worry about it. No the photos quality is not A+, but I am also not exposing a camera that costs thousands of dollars to the elements. I have in fact recommended this camera to other friends. I am enjoying this camera and I think you may enjoy it as well...
Great underwater camera for the price!
This is not a DSLR quality camera - if that is what you are looking for in terms of quality and control. I did not wish to pay loads of cash for a camera that would only be used once or twice a year; my DSLR is perfect for land and this camera is perfect for under the water.For now it is a recommended purchase to capture those fun water moments with family and friends!
Will stand up to my 3 Year Old and 5 Year Old!
Of course you don't buy a small camera like this to take the best pictures you have...you buy it because of it's size and ease of use. I think the pictures are good enough. The underwater part is also great when you want to take pics of the kids under the water and they turn out great.
Nice manual zoom lens
The FinePix HS20 is Fuji's latest entrant in the ultrazoom compact digital sweepstakes, and while the camera size, shape and feel mimic that of a DSLR and Fuji ad copy makes references to DSLR - like performance and image quality, potential buyers of this camera should understand that, first and foremost, this is a compact digital camera with a very large focal range.
Fully Automatic and Manual controls
FujiFilm's FinePix HS20EXR is an incredibly powerful and versatile digicam. It's loaded with appealing features, sporting Fuji's 16-Megapixel EXR CMOS imaging sensor, EXR processor and a 30x optical Fujinon lens. Its full auto modes make it easy enough for anyone to use, while the fully manual settings allow even a professional to be creative with it. It does lack a little on the performance end, and the images show a lot of image noise, especially at the mid to high ISO levels.
Fast continuous shooting speed
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR builds on the success of the original HS10 predominantly by using a new 16 megapixel EXR sensor, which expands the ISO range up to 12,800, maintains a fast continuous shooting speed and slow-motion movies, and adds the useful EXR modes which improve your images in certain situations.
24mm wide angle and manual zoom ring
Ultimately the FinePix HS20 EXR has plenty going for it: there's those unique EXR modes, the manual zoom ring, lots of manual control, 1080p movies, and some clever composite modes, in addition to being one of the few super-zooms to provide support for RAW shooting.
Difficult to lock focus up close and at telephoto end
Ideally Fujifilm wanted to create an easy-to-use super zoom camera, packed full of fun and creative features which ultimately produces a higher level of picture quality. What they have in fact achieved is a feature-filled super zoom that does produce stellar images when used manually, but may provide disappointing results for those shooters content with using auto commands.
High-speed movie shooting works well
On paper the HS20 looks to be an attractive proposition. The 30x zoom certainly appeals, as does the range of advanced shooting modes. However, it's important to bear in mind that despite its DSLR styling and dimensions the HS20 is essentially an advanced compact and delivers image quality to match. If all-in-one convenience tops your priorities then the HS20 certainly ticks a lot of boxes and is well worth a look.
Huge 30x optical zoom lens
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR features a huge 30x optical zoom lens, a large 3inch screen, and full manual controls, as well as a high speed EXR CMOS sensor for high speed video and stills. The EXR sensor can dramatically improve dynamic range and produces good colour, although as is expected with small sensor cameras to get the best results you're best sticking to the lower ISO settings.
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 is an SLR-like super-zoom camera with 16-megapixel sensor and 1080i HD video capability.
If you crave features with which to experiment, coupled with plenty of manual control and a compact DSLR-like shell, the Fuji FinePix HS20 is hard to beat. Though a little over Â£300 will buy you a basic digital SLR camera, it won't be one half so responsive, nor will it offer a 24 to 720mm zoom. Other cameras take better photos, but this is still a great budget buy.
HD video performance is rather good
Overall, the Fuji Finepix HS20 EXR is most suitable for just about any static scene, close or far. The real key is to use the right EXR mode to get the best performance according to the lighting situation. HD video performance is rather good but count in using Center AF mode and starting a new clip when the subject distance changes. While not giving the best image quality in its class, this digital camera clearly delivers on capability.
Though it's a touch-screen model, the Panasonic Lumix FX700 is, as we've seen, a very differrent kind of compact to the two other touch-screen models we've compared it to - the Sony Cyber-shot TX9 and the COOLPIX S80.Where those cameras put the touch-screen at the centre of things, the Lumix FX700 uses it as a useful adjunct to the physical controls. Where Sony and Nikon have gone for style and simplicity, Panasonic has opted for features and functionality.
The FX700 also features a fast f/2.2 5x zoom Leica-branded lens equivalent to 24-120mm, a big 7.5cm (3in) touch-screen monitor, a 14.1-megapixel 1/2.3-in MOS high-speed sensor which enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10fps at full resolution, and the option of full manual exposure control.
The Panasonic FX700 is an excellent compact camera, offering features that few of its rivals can match. It features full 1920 x 1080 50i (25fps interlaced) HD video with stereo audio and its advanced MOS sensor and Venus Engine FHD processor help the FX700 deliver an outstanding performance. Its autofocus is excellent and the Leica-branded lens is very good. But with so many features packed in, the Lumix DMC-FX700 doesn't come cheaply.
Whilst in general terms the above suggests the FX700 is just whatâ?? s required for anyone looking for a point and shoot equipped with most of the current must haves, it does come at a price. Although the manufacturerâ?? s suggested price is a rather high Â£359 in our opinion, we discovered the FX700 could be picked up online for a more realistic Â£250+ at the time of writing.
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