Thursday, February 28, 2008

Impact Review: Panasonic FS20 at Photography Blog (first Venus IV review)

We have a new impact review post! The Panasonic FS20 review at Photography Blog. An ultracompact camera gets an impact review? How so you ask? That is a reasonable question! Why then?

Because this is the first review that takes a look at a Panasonic camera using the new Venus IV Engine! As you may recall, there have been volumes and volumes written about the "monetization" issues of previous Venus Engines. So with Panasonic promising improvements, but at the same time the sensor adding more megapixels and growing just slightly, how did Venus IV do? We won't spoil the review, you have to read it yourselves.

And then we can enter the speculative arena. This camera is a mid-range point and shoot using a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor. How would the Venus IV engine and accompanying sensor perform at larger sizes, like 1/1.7" or beyond? That question will remain unanswered for a while - until (or if) Panasonic announces new cameras with sensors of that size.

More on the Panasonic FS20
Check our coverage of the initial Panasonic leak & announcement of the FS20 in January 2008!

The FS20 is available for pre-order at Amazon for $300 in three colors as follows. Click on each for more Amazonian details:

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