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. By comparison an 8MP D-SLR like the Canon Digital Rebel XT is $800 for the body and an image stabilized 100-400mm zoom would set you back another $1,400! Unfortunately, digital noise is a problem at higher ISOs. Bummer.
Summary: 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