Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Review
4 July 2006
Conclusion: With a camera that had so much going for it–a great 12x Leica lens, optical image stabilization and 8MP resolution–the Lumix DMC-FZ30 should have rung the bell. It didn’t. The price is right too: it costs around $600.
how does it compare against specific models such as its closest rival, the Fujifilm
S9500 / S9000 which costs virtually the same price. In its favour, the FZ30
has a more powerful telephoto, optical stabilisation, better build quality and
a larger screen which flips and twists in every direction.
Pros: Very good quality lens with huge range, Optical image stabilisation, Flip-out and twistable screen, Great build quality
Cons: Highest sensitivity only 400 ISO, 35mm wide angle not as wide as rivals, Noise levels higher than rivals, Resolution slightly lower than rivals
Summary: 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.
Camera Clash: Digital SLR (Canon EOS-20D) vs All-in-One (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30)
13 October 2005
Conclusion: The winner of this battle was known before I even shot a single frame. Supply and demand have already worked together in a market economy to reach an equilibrium price. That said, quantifying the difference for you personally is a different story.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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 improved control layout, Very fast operation, Well d...
Cons: 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 worse results than JPEGs, Focus at extreme telephot...
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 ($699) is the latest addition to Panasonic's family of ultra zoom cameras. It replaces the DMC-FZ20, which was my favorite ultra zoom camera of last year. New features on the FZ30 include:
Pros: Very solid SLR-style body, 12X optical zoom lens (though a little slower than on the FZ20), Optical image stabilization, Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card; new focus modes are awesome, Full manual controls plus the ability to fine-tune white balance, Handy zoom and focus ri...
Cons: Images are too noisy, especially at high ISOs (see workarounds earlier), No RAW image manipulation software included, No focus distance shown in manual focus mode, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Would've preferred an LCD that flips to the side
Summary: : The Panasonic Lumix FZ30 is an excellent ultra zoom digital camera, offering excellent image quality, an excellent Leica 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, and a manual zoom ring. The high resolution 2" swivel screen is very good, and the camera is very good value for money.
Pros: Very good image quality, Very pleasing rich colours (however if this isn't to your tastes, saturation can be turned down in camera), Leica 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, manual zoom ring and manual focusing ring, Wide-angle / Telephoto adapters available!, Quick performance, quic...
Cons: High noise, especially at ISO200 or above., Playback mode could be quicker.
Conclusion: The FZ30 is a joy to take pictures with. If not for the price tag, and the image noise problem, this would be one of our favourites. As it stands, it is a solid entry by Panasonic, and will satisfy most users.
Pros: Great design, full set of features, big zoom
Cons: Image noise is a problem, pricey considering the cost of SLRs
Excerpt: $1100 4 stars The digital camera has an 8.0 megapixel sensor and a 12x Optical Zoom with an “extended optical zoom” function (the recorded area on the sensor is reduced to, in effect, increase the focal length of the lens — it’s a clever trade off of pixels for extra magnification).
Pros: The viewfinder should also be analogue and here the FZ30 fails. It has an electronic viewfinder which has the usual low resolution display that gives no information about the distribution of tones in the image. The swivelling LCD screen, however, is exceptional in resolution and accuracy of image...
Cons: The viewfinder should also be analogue and here the FZ30 fails. It has an electronic viewfinder which has the usual low resolution display that gives no information about the distribution of tones in the image. The swivelling LCD screen, however, is exceptional in resolution and accuracy of image...