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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 / DMC-TZ40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 387 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and value for money. The image quality and usability also get good comments, but views are divided on the shutter. There are some less positive views about the energy efficiency and reliability.

portability, usability, image quality, value for money, size

features, reliability, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 / DMC-TZ40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30


Panasonic's compact Lumix DMC-ZS30 features a long 20x zoom lens and integrated Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, but image quality disappoints.

Snappy focus. 20x zoom range. Sharp rear LCD. Wi-Fi with NFC. GPS. 1080p60 video

Pricey. Lens could be sharper. So-so high ISO performance. Very limited burst shooting. Does not include external battery charger

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 ($399.99 direct) is a compact camera that manages to squeeze a 20x zoom lens into a pocketable form factor. The 18-megapixel shooter is sturdily built and boasts a sharp touch screen and built-in Wi-Fi to transfer photos to...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 (White)


For the Lumix DMC-ZS30, Panasonic took what was already an excellent camera, the ZS20 , tweaked it a bit and added Wi-Fi. The result is another excellent compact megazoom that gives you a bit more for your money.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 gets you a lot of features in a compact body including a 20x zoom lens, 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi for remote control of the camera as well as easy sharing, high-speed and full HD movie capture, and GPS. Photo quality and...

The power and Wi-Fi buttons are too easy to accidentally press. There's no raw capture option. Battery life can be short if you do more than just take photos. Photos look soft and have visible noise/artifacts when viewed at full size even at its lowest...

A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Preview


Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-ZS30 is a powerful compact super-zoom, one that Panasonic claims is their, "most advanced photo and video hybrid compact camera to date". This camera is packed with features you'd normally find in larger cameras, like a...


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Panasonic TZ40 review


Panasonic TZ40 review: the new addition to Panasonic's popular ultra-wide TZ range of travel compacts brings a lot of sophisticated features. But can it deliver on image quality? Amy Davies puts it to the test in her Panasonic TZ40 review video.

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Panasonic Lumix ZS30/TZ40 Review


For camera makers the bad news is that smart phones and their inbuilt cameras are hurting the sales of compact digicams.

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"Impressive camera, but with a serious design flaw."


Overall, the best camera in this series yet, with the exception of the serious design flaw mentioned.

Great pictures nearly every shot, long battery life, GPS, Wi-Fi, remote control and many other features.

Camera has a tendency to turn on in the case with a light touch, often resulting in battery drain and premature failure of the mechanism. It needs a slide power switch similar to what was standard on older models.

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Exceptional quality images with very innovative capability to operate and share images directly with my Samsung Galaxy IIIs. Perfect size and weight for travel with terrific battery time per charge.

No cons... I can't say enough great things about this camera!

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30


alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, performance, usability, value for money, image quality

shutter, features

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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I would buy this product again


GPS works well with Lightroom 4

Good Image Quality","GPS","LEICA LENS","Powerful zoom","Small \/ Compact","WIFI

NO RAW Format","No Viewfinder

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Full Featured Little Camera


Great Pocket Camera for almost any uses.

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Chip Type:Live MOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes