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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1076 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and value for money. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Reviews about the storage and size are mixed. Many are critical about the water proof and connectivity.

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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-FZ30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


Panasonic's latest in the Lumix line, the DMC-FZ30 has some pretty nifty features. It comes with an unlimited consecutive shooting [...]

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Panasonic Lumix FZ30 vs Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Head-to-Head Review


Excellent color reproduction and accuracy, Super macro focuses at 0 inches, Good flash coverage and options, Image stabilization, Frequently used scenes on dial, 12x lens with USM, Good movie mode and functionality with stereo audio

The Canon PowerShot S3 IS comes to the ultra-zoom digital camera market with a unique set of features. It has the 12x optical zoom lens that qualifies it as part of the ultra-zoom market and couples it with an optical image stabilization system that...

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Lumix DMC-FZ30K Digital Camera


The DMC-FZ30 is a sizable beast: At 1 pound, 8 ounces and just over 5 inches long, it's bigger and heavier than many other advanced cameras we've looked at. It feels more like an SLR than an all-in-one camera, and the SLR styling carries over to the...

Dual control wheels 12x zoom and focus ring

Battery life is limited Images shot at high ISOs are noisy

The FZ30's excellent manual controls will be welcomed by people who want to control every aspect of their photography and don't mind a bit of extra bulk. And in most situations, the images look great, with good exposure and color. It's just a pity that...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K


Long zoom with effective image stabilization; manual focus ring; broad feature set with extras; solid performance.

Image noise; no raw-processing software provided; oddly placed rear dial.

Though we have some caveats about image quality, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 provides stiff competition to other megazooms.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


The DMC-FZ30 continues Panasonic's "super zoom" series with an 8-megapixel, 12x optical zoom (35-420mm equivalent) with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization and both automatic and manual controls.

Bottom line - Panasonic has done it yet again with a model that offers great image quality and awesome performance all with a multitude of powerful exposure modes and features. Therefore, we feel the Lumix DMC- FZ30 will make a great choice for any user t


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


This is the newest generation of Panasonic's highly-regarded line-up of mega zoom cameras. With 8-megapixel resolution, a 12x Leica optical zoom and built-in optical image stabilization, this digicam is a decent alternative for those looking for D-SLR...

8MP resolution; 12x optical zoom; optical image stabilization

Lots of noise above ISO 100

With a camera that had so much going for it, the Lumix DMC-FZ30 should have rung the bell. It didn

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Lumix DMC-FZ30 K and S


The Panasonic DMC-FZ30 is an SLR-shaped compact camera utilizing a 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor and 12x optical zoom lens to create images up to 8 megapixels. Users can easily compose and view recorded images on the camera's swiveling, 235,000 pixel 2-inch...

Well-designed controls ; Lens controls are excellent ; Image stabilization system ; Easy to use ; 12x optical zoom range

Slow operation ; Viewfinder has too much contrast ; Regular autofocus is slow and unsure ; Fast autofocus freezes the viewfinder display ; Images are VERY noisy ; Wish there were an ISO 800 or 1600 option (and that it would be usable on the FZ30)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


Announced almost exactly a year after the launch of the FZ20 (the model it replaces), the DMC-FZ30 (launched in July 2005) is the latest flagship model in an ever-growing range of 'super zoom' cameras from electronics giant Panasonic. Like its...

Very high resolution and detail capture throughout the zoom range ; Sharp results ; Good, natural color ; Superb 12x optical zoom ; Effective image stabilization ; Excellent handling - much improved over the FZ20 ; Comprehensive range of controls and...

Noise is even an issue at ISO 80, a real problem at ISO 400 or in very low light ; Very occasional exposure problems ; Max aperture at long end of zoom only F3.7 ; Limited dynamic range, highlight clipping in JPEGs ; Pointless RAW converter produces...

In many ways the FZ30 is everything the FZ20 could (and maybe should) have been, and Panasonic must be applauded for implementing a huge raft of handling and control improvements, as well as speeding up overall performance. On the other hand you cannot...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


Fast, 12X zoom lens. High resolution. Faster startup than previous models. Very comfortable D-SLR-like feel. Mechanical zoom ring lets you change focal length during videos.

Noise in images. Expensive. Bulky.

If we could only have one camera for all our photo and video needs, this would be on our short list. But the FZ-30's price is getting up into the price range of D-SLRs.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Excellent optics, 12x zoom is tack-sharp, with low distortion, very low aberration, Available tele/wide adapters and filters, Loads of detail, a worthwhile step up from the FZ20, Excellent image stabilization system, Better than average shutter...

Image noise is higher than many competing models, particularly at ISO 200 and 400. Some users may find this a show-stopper, others may be less bothered by it, Color may be too bright for some users, particularly strong reds and greens, While good,...

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Product Specifications

The DMC-FZ30's LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens features 14 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens which helps to suppress the color bleeding that often occurs in telephoto shots, plus a 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35 to 420mm). This combines with the large, 1/1.8" diagonal 8-megapixel CCD to give you enormous expressive power. The new Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 19.1x power in 3-megapixel photos, and up to 15x power in 5-megapixel photos. Plus, the 12x optical zoom can be used together with the 4x digital zoom to produce a maximum of 48x zooming power. In addition to five auto focus modes (1-point, 3-point high-speed, 9-point, spot AF, and 1-point high-speed AF), the FZ30 features a ring that lets you manually adjust the focus from 0.98 feet (0.3m) to infinity. It also has Manual Focus Assist, a function that shows an enlarged image of the subject's center in the viewfinder. The One-Shot AF function in manual focus mode lets you focus automatically for a single shot by pressing the "FOCUS" button. The Continuous AF function keeps moving subjects in sharp focus, and the AF Assist Lamp helps in dim lighting. This all adds up to easy, accurate focusing. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ20K has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working - all you'll see are the outstanding results! The manual focus ring lets you focus on whatever part of your subject you wish, and the zoom ring lets you zoom in and out easily and accurately as you compose the perfect shot. They're both fast, so you can capture moving subjects in your composition. Change the angle of the high-resolution 230, 000-pixel 2.0" diagonal LCD monitor any way you like. You get the flexibility to catch a high-angle shot over a crowd, or a low-angle shot of flowers in a garden, all with a comfortable posture. You can snap off consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card is full. Regardless of the Mode Dial setting, you can take macro shots instantly by flicking the switch on the side of the lens to the AF Macro setting. This lets you get as close as 0.16 feet (5cm) from your subject (at the maximum wide-angle setting).

Audio Input

Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby / Candle / Fireworks / Food / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:88.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

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):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Cool / Saturation / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic