Compact digital cameras are dime a dozen, and it has been rather hard picking out a clear winner from the many models in a particular product category all these years, and even with Panasonic’s most recent release, the Panasonic Lumix ZS20, life has not gotten any easier either. Still, the show must go on, and here is what the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 has on offer for those looking for a pocket-sized digital camera to capture all those tender moments in life. First of all, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is billed to be the “slimmest digital camera with a 20X zoom lens”, where it measures 1.1″ thin, and has a new low-light-optimized CMOS sensor, physical as well as touchscreen controls, and in-camera GPS functions.

Thanks to the Lumix ZS20’s optically stabilized 20X-optical-zoom lens, it is capable of reaching from 24mm wide-angle to 480mm telephoto, and will boast a newly designed 14-megapixel CMOS sensor which is capable of supporting a handful of new features. According to Panasonic, the new imager will come with a couple of noise reduction features, resulting in crisper shots, while the speedier, 120-frames-per-second autofocus system is capable of locking in on objects within a tenth of a second. Not only that, it can shoot 1080p AVCHD video at 60 fps, in addition to 1080p MP4 recording at 30 fps. Expect to fork out $350 for the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 when it arrives this March. [Press Release]

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