Summary: had one and wore it out and couldn't find anything else that came close to this combination of performance, weight, and adaptability. The major point if the MANUAL zoom. I don't want a motorized zoom. I also value the full MANUAL capability - zoom, focus, shutter, aperture.
Summary: I ran across one of these in good condition and at a very low price and so picked it up. It is an excellent camera. The zoom ring and manual focus ring are superb. Also, the quick "AF Macro" switch on the lens is a great feature. I do a lot of macro shots and this camera is excellent at that.
Summary: For my purposes, I do not need a digital SLR and all the work that goes i9nto one- I'll never be that good a photographer. Really don't need all this has to offer either, but it's fun to play with and see how it can make impossible shots come out.
Quality, solidly built camera. Current mega-zoom king.
Matthew Jude Brown, Amazon
27 September 2006
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is the replacement for Panasonic's well-liked DMC-FZ20 which came out in late 2004. The FZ30 improves on that camera in almost every way, especially in build quality and ergonomics. I'll mention the downside first.
Summary: I have to believe that someone writing a negative review of the FZ 30 must either be a competitors plant or someone who doesn't have a clue about digital cameras and photography. This camera is a steal. Gorgeous photos. Gorgeous.
Summary: The best feature is the zoom. On 2 and 3 Meg Pixel resolutions it exceeds advertized 12X zoom to a fantastic 19.1X. Yes, you will need a tripod to use max zoom, and Anti Shake will not be very effective there. Nice mechanical and camera world geometric design.