Digital Camera HQ Names Panasonic Lumix FH20 “Best Consumer Camera of 2010”

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Through consumer voting and editorial staff research, respected website Digital Camera HQ has selected the Panasonic Lumix FH20 as the "Best Consumer Camera of 2010" due to the camera's balance of features, performance, and price.

The Sony also has some standout features, but its relatively higher price may have scared away a few voters.

Digital Camera HQ ( ) has declared the Panasonic Lumix FH20 the winner of its “Best Consumer Camera of 2010” contest. The FH20 was chosen based on a combination of staff and reader votes, gathered during the month-long voting window. The camera will now be awarded a prominent spot on the Digital Camera HQ homepage for the remainder of 2010.

The Well-Rounded Panasonic FH20 Has Mass Appeal

The FH20 received nearly one-third of all reader votes, 50 percent more than the next-closest nominee. “The FH20 was popular among voters because it's so well-rounded,” Liam McCabe, Editor of Digital Camera HQ, says. “It's a thin camera with a big 8x zoom, HD video, and strong image quality, all for a very reasonable price. This is a camera with mass appeal, the one that the most people will be the most satisfied with, considering the price.”

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“Digital Camera HQ is a high-traffic website, and the site’s visitors expect the editorial staff to recommend products after extensive research. So, we took a close look at the FH20 to confirm the vote result,” McCabe says. “Comparing the nominated cameras side-by-side, we agree – the FH20 is our favorite, too.”

Canon SD1300 and Sony W370 Round Out the Top Three

Placing second and third, respectively, are the Canon Powershot SD1300 and Sony Cybershot W370. “The Canon offers the best overall image quality of the group, but is a little light on the 'wow' factor that consumers seem to appreciate,” McCabe says. “The Sony also has some standout features, but its relatively higher price may have scared away a few voters.”

Contest Details: Ten Cameras as Finalists; One from Each Major Manufacturer    

Digital Camera HQ's editorial team pre-selected 10 cameras released in 2010, one from from each major manufacturer, each of which has an MSRP of about $200. “We chose these cameras carefully,” McCabe explains. “First we looked at price points, and then we considered each camera’s potential for appeal to a wide audience of consumers who are looking for a simple-to-use yet powerful camera.”

One Lucky Voter Won A Digital Camera

Digital Camera HQ partnered with leading electronics retailer B&H Photo-Video to provide an awesome prize for one lucky voter: any one of the 10 pre-selected final cameras and a 4 GB memory card for free. The prize was randomly awarded to Patricia O'Neal of Tennessee, who chose the Canon SD1300. “I'm now dreaming of pictures that I want to take with my new camera,” she says. “Thank you!”

About Digital Camera HQ is a web site that helps consumers to choose the right digital camera for their needs, and then choose the right online store to buy it from. The site was founded in 2003 by DigitalAdvisor LLC, a Harvard Square, Cambridge based company that still owns and manages the site. prides itself by helping consumers who want digital cameras but who aren’t overly technical or serious about photography by writing simple, clear, and concise reviews and comparisons of digital cameras. Editorial decisions are completely unbiased, as Digital Camera HQ receives nothing of value from camera manufacturers; the site’s revenues come from consumers clicking on links to online stores, no matter which camera is chosen.

About DigitalAdvisor LLC
Digital Advisor LLC is a privately-owned company that owns and manages Digital Camera HQ, Camcorder HQ, DigitalAdvisor, LaptopAdvisor, and The four Review Sites offer unbiased information and recommendations for consumers making consumer electronics purchases. The Review Sites combine the efforts of editors, owners, and professional reviewers around the web to give buyers a complete, unbiased review of each product. features deals across all product categories. is DigitalAdvisor’s latest and will offer group buying options in Manchester NH and Worcester MA. DigitalAdvisor LLC is based in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

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