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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 445 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and image quality. The lens and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the connectivity and contrast. Opinions about the focus and shutter are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Digicam Says 'All Your Pixels Are Belong To U...

 

With a 28-mm wide-angle lens, this 7.2-megapixel shooter captures a larger field of vision than most. Too bad the results aren't better: Colors were off the

Copious panoramic features for land scapes and large group shots. Intuitive menus. Decent shutter lag (0.68 second with flash)

Poorly placed control dial. Lowest picture quality in the group. Loud, sluggish autofocus. Image stabilization is inconsistent. Videos saved in annoying QuickTime format

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 Review

 

Despite its diminutive size the ultra-compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is a sort of photographic kid brother to the prosumer Panasonic FZ8.

28mm zoom, excellent image quality at ISO 100, Image Stabilization

Resolution: 7.2 megapixels (3072 x 2304) ; Viewfinder: 2.5 inch LCD ; Lens: f2.8-f5.6/4mm-16mmLeica Vario Elmarit zoom ; Auto Focus: multiple option Contrast Detection ; Exposure Modes: Auto, Program AE, and Scene modes ; Flash: Built-in Multi Mode ;...

The FX30 is an excellent choice for family photographers, snap-shooters, casual photographers, and first time digital camera buyers who want a digicam that is capable of capturing excellent images, small enough to be dropped in a pocket and taken along...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

 

This camera has all (or most of) the buttons in the right place and it's easy to get to everything. Exposure compensation, white balance adjustment (even fine tuning), flash settings, display settings, timer settings... all this stuff is just a few...

My biggest complaint would be about playback. First, it's on the main control dial where it's kinda awkward to access (there's a review button, but you're limited when you use it). Second, scrolling around a zoomed image takes foreeeeever, and third,...

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Panasonic DMC-FX30 7 Megapixel Digital Camera (Black)

 

OK - I said the same about the FX-01 when I reviewed that camera here. But that makes sense because the FX-30 is a direct descendant of the FX-01 (and the FX-07). So I refer you to that review and will concentrate on the differences here: 1) It is...

28mm wide angle, image stabilization, 3.6x zoom, very small, available underwater housing

no manual mode

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Panasonic DMC-FX30 7 Megapixel Digital Camera (Black)

 

OK - I said the same about the FX-01 when I reviewed that camera here. But that makes sense because the FX-30 is a direct descendant of the FX-01 (and the FX-07). So I refer you to that review and will concentrate on the differences here: 1) It is...

28mm wide angle, image stabilization, 3.6x zoom, very small, available underwater housing

no manual mode

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Panasonic DMC-FX30 (Black)

 

OK - I said the same about the FX-01 when I reviewed that camera here. But that makes sense because the FX-30 is a direct descendant of the FX-01 (and the FX-07). So I refer you to that review and will concentrate on the differences here: 1) It is...

28mm wide angle, image stabilization, 3.6x zoom, very small, available underwater housing

no manual mode

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 (iaka, 25 Sep 07)

 

I have bought this camera in remplacement of my dead Pentax Optio T30 (after 6 months of use). This Panasonic is unbelievable. Image quality is so good compared to my last Pentax. Lens and Lens stabilization maybe ?! Construction is excellent,...

No problem yet

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 (Will Benedict, 14 Aug 07)

 

Picture quality is fine, on par with my SD10 and SD30, though the colors seemed a bit more washed out. Startup and autofocus speed is good (faster than my SD10 and SD30). ISO 1250 is definitely usable, as long as your goal is to capture your friends...

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 (stevesydneyaust, 4 Jul 07)

 

I purchased the Lumix FX30 two weeks ago and am completely satsified with it and amazed by the Quality of Construction and Ease of Use. I was concerned by adverse reviews about some features including image quality, but purchased it based on a "hands...

No problems experienced or anticipated

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 (seanfromphilly, 30 Jun 07)

 

Wow! This camera is incredible! I can't recommend it enough. I bought it to travel to Venice (the most photogenic place on earth), and took 1,200 photos in six days. The camera is elegant, light, easy to use, and takes wonderful photos. I wanted...

The only problems I can name seem like nit-picking ; (1) The on-off switch is literally a switch, so sometimes when I slide it into its case it turns itself on. But no harm comes of this, as it just turns itself off in 3 minuites automatically ; (2)...

Product Specifications

The DMC-FX30 is a remarkably slim and super-stylish camera. The body features a distinctive finish, with a different texture to match each body color. Its cool design and light weight make it easy to take with you everywhere you go, just like a fashion accessory, for even more photographic fun. The 7.2-megapixel DMC-FX30 houses a 28mm wide-angle f/2.8 Leica DC lens in a slim and stylish body. A new lens design using five aspherical lenses, including Extra High Refractive Index Aspherical Lens (EA Lens), made it possible to fit the 28mm wide-angle lens into this compact body. The lens unit comprises a Leica DC lens with seven elements in six groups. The new lens design combines higher optical performance with compactness. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. This Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens inherits both its name and its outstanding quality from the Leica Elmarit lens, renowned in the film camera world for its superb performance and compact size. The DMC-FX30 is equipped with a bright 3.6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to a 28mm to 100mm zoom on a 35mm film camera) that captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes. Use the Extended Optical Zoom when you want to pull the subject in just a little closer. It extends the 3.6x optical zoom ratio to 5.3x (35mm equivalent: 148mm) at resolutions of 3-megapixel or less, by using the central part of the CCD. Adding the Extended Optical Zoom to the 4x digital zoom extends the total zooming power to a maximum of 21.4x (35mm equivalent: 599mm). With this powerful zooming function, you can easily capture and magnify distant subjects.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2in
Weight:4.7oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Underwater

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FX30A/DMC-FX30K/DMC-FX30S/DMC-FX30T
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:16.4mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Brown/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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