Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20
Used from 2010-2011
Eventually, our family camera, the Canon Powershot A80 died ... it just stopped working. Hard to complain though, it served us well. So, once again, I was in the market for a new camera. In the intervening years, they had become smaller. I did a little more research, this time I used the "internet."
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 received favorable reviews, the price was right, and I could buy one at Best Buy at the Deptford Mall. This little Lumix (I mean... it was really little) traveled well. It went everywhere - it was a family camera. The kids took it with them, the wife, everybody. It was used to capture proms, formals dances, vacations, and graduations.
It's life span was cut short due to scratches on the front lens, imparting a permanent blur upon the photos it took. Although it was in service for only about a year, I kept about 2,350 photos from this little camera.
Camera Review: The Lumix was pocketable - it was very small. Ergonomically, it was tiny and not easy to manipulate the tiny buttons. The image quality was lacking. The photos were never very sharp, the colors were always wonky. But then again, I didn't really know what I was doing, so maybe it was me, not the camera. I used it solely as a point and shoot. Although it could take videos - I don't think I ever used it to do so. I think I still have this camera somewhere ... I did manage to find the battery charger. I found a used camera for sale on ebay for $23.00. We'll leave it right there.
Camera Specifications: * Sensor Max resolution 4320 x 3240 * 14 megapixels * Sensor type CCD * JPEG quality levels - Fine, Standard * Optics & Focus Focal length (equiv.) 28–224 mm * Optical zoom 8× * Maximum aperture F3.3–5.9 * Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97″) * Number of focus points - 9 * No Viewfinder type * Minimum shutter speed 60 sec * Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec * Built-in flash Yes * Motion JPEG * Microphone - Mono * Storage Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC* Internal Storage included 40 MB * Connectivity USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) * Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger * Weight (inc. batteries) 178 g (0.39 lb / 6.28 oz) * Dimensions 100 x 56 x 28 mm (3.94 x 2.2 x 1.1″)