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 traveller'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.
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.
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: Panasonic's Lumix TZ30 is hard to beat if you're looking for a camera that can do it all, yet still fit in your pocket. It's a 14-megapixel compact camera with a 20x optical zoom lens and it features both automatic and manual controls; you can let the camera decide on the best exposure settings for your shots, yet easily switch to a semi-manual or manual mode to adjust the aperture, shutter, ISO and exposure compensation.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix TZ30's 14.1-megapixel headline resolution may read as modest when compared to the 16 and 18 megapixels offered by competing long lens models, such as the Sony Cyber-Shot HX20V (18MP), the Nikon Coolpix S9300 , Samsung WB850F and Olympus SZ-31MR (16MP each).
Pros: Manual and auto controls, Compact but comfy grip, Packed with features
Cons: Small function icons on screen, Quite pricey, Not a huge step-up from TZ20
Summary: The TZ30 offers a 20x optical zoom and is an excellent camera for travellers, fitted out with all of the tools you could possibly desire. Just make sure to pack an extra battery if you plan on a full day of shooting.
Pros: 20x optical zoom, Reasonably speedy performance, especially for burst shooting, Good image-stabilisation system, Good image quality
Cons: Relatively low-resolution screen versus its competitors, No RAW capture, Battery drains quickly