Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
5 June 2012
Summary: Panasonic is lauding the Lumix DMC-TZ30 as its most advanced photo and video-shooting compact camera to date but, while its image and video quality is impressive, its performance in low light lets it down slightly.
Conclusion: That said, it's a great all-rounder that gives you a versatile optical zoom, 1080p HD video capture and GPS in a robust body. Few compacts include such an efficient autofocus system, too. While it's a step up from the TZ20 in terms of performance and picture quality, it's possibly not a significant enough one to rush into upgrading.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a serious advance to the TZ-series and delivers in every area. If you're after a pocketable, powerful and easy to use compact camera then the TZ30 is up there with the very best. Although image quality isn't going to see off a larger-sensor competitor, and there's still no Raw capture, this consumer-targeted compact does show improvement compared to the TZ20 model of last year and has plenty of other positives to outweigh these small...
Summary: The Lumix DMC-ZS20 is arguably the most full-featured travel zoom on the market. Its Intelligent Auto mode and decent set of manual controls combined with an elaborate GPS setup and 1080/60p movie mode make it a traveler's delight. Unfortunately its image quality is not as good as the rest of the package, and enthusiasts may miss things like RAW and manual focus.
Pros: Good photo quality (though see below), Packs a 20X Leica lens in a pretty compact package, "Power OIS" image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 460,000 pixels, great outdoor/low light visibility, Built-in GPS with landmark database and maps, Good collection of manual controls, Intelligent Auto mode does it all for you, including scene selection, face detection, blur reduction, shadow brightening, and smart sharpening, Robust perf...
Cons: While improved over the ZS10, photos still have too much noise, even at ISO 100, Tends to clip highlights, Strong redeye; no removal tool in playback mode, Images have yellow/brownish cast in artificial light, No RAW, manual focus, or WB bracketing support; movie mode lacks manual controls, Slow internal battery charging system, Flimsy door over memory card/battery compartment; can't access memory card while camera is on a tripod, Very little built-in memory; full man...
Conclusion: I have been rather impressed with the Lumix DMC-TZ30 and all that is has to offer. The image quality is good, the lens offers a massive 24-480mm range, there’s Geotagging capability and the camera has the quality to shoot Full HD video with DOLBY sound. So if it is a do it all travel camera you are after then consider the Lumix DMC-TZ30 as a very solid option as not only does it look very sharp it indeed it cuts the mustard on the inside as well.
Summary: If the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 were scored on features alone, it would get top marks. It is also quick and easy to use, covers an extensive focal range and has a host of neat shooting modes.
Image quality is not quite as crisp as that of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, but it is an improvement over the TZ20 at higher ISO settings.
Panasonic has once again improved its solid line-up of TZ travel compacts.
Summary: If you're looking for a small compact with a big zoom, the TZ30 could be an ideal choice.
Pros: Huge zoom range offers great flexibility, AF speed is some of the fastest yet seen in a compact, Easy to use and feels well built, Built-in digital filters and a one-touch panorama mode, Generous range of Full HD movie recording options
Cons: Still no ability to capture lossles Raw image files, Choice of Full HD movie recording options can be confusing, Battery performance still isn't great - especially with GPS on
Summary: A small digital camera from a company that does a whole raft of electrical items which naturally include cameras . This is perhaps one of their smallest as they also do a range of DSLR units apart from the pocket Lumix range.
Excerpt: The ‘travel zoom’ category of digital compact camera has really spearheaded Panasonic’s progress in the market place, giving the Lumix brand a very significant share despite having only been around for just over a decade. A key element of this has been Panasonic’s relentless upgrading of its TZ-series, adding or expanding features every time to stay ahead of the competition.