Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
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Rusty Whitney, DP Review
5 December 2013
Excerpt: Bought as successor to an FX150, the ZS20 is always in my pocket so I've got many great photos I would have missed if I'd depended on my high-end pro cameras & lenses. Pluses: Great 20:1 zoom, responsive, sharp lens, moderate low-light performance, good video. Minuses: Complex menu, lens cover sometimes needs nudge to fully open, after a year of very heavy use camera may need to be retired in which case I'll replace it with another 14MP ZS20 as 18MP ZS30's smaller...
Excerpt: This camera was purchased cheaply, due to a closing down sale. I would not have bought this camera otherwise. It has won a lot of reviews, though the TZ25 has edged it in some. The image stabilizer is very good. The picture quality is fine, the speed in use is good most of the time except the slight delay when switching on in review mode. The touch screen is a bonus, you can take focus pictures of the target person or object.
Excerpt: Instead of picking this camera apart on its own, I actually purchased all the competing models and used them. The ZS20 has no major flaws. Lens is sharper with less detail smearing in noise reduction than Sony HX90V. Sony does better in low light. ZS20 acceptable to ISO400 buy to much color noise above. Operates faster than HX90v. Sony slightly more accurate colors. Canon SX230 has least noise but auto focus in less reliable. Get Canon if noise is #1 for you.
Excerpt: Pros: 1. excellent ergonomics and functionality 2. excellent lens 3. excellent ease of use 4. very responsive 5. excellent image stabilization Cons: 1. use of mechanical switch to toggle between photo taking mode and photo playing mode can cause you to miss important shots (if you forgot the switch in the wrong position) 2. noise levels at ISO 400 and up is quite significant 3.
Fantastic little camera with good zoom. Worth paying slightly more for!
11 August 2014
Summary: Bought for a recent holiday and to replace an ageing compact which had been too cheap to be any good except for outdoors point and shoot. Overall we have found this camera fantastic. Great zoom in a little body- incredibly close up shots possible. Easy to use and work out the different basic modes. Useful night mode (worked well for fireworks) and portrait night mode. Love the panorama function for Rocky Mountain vistas.
Good pocket-able camera, but the ?sensor failed on day three
Roger Brooks, Amazon
20 April 2014
Summary: This was my third Lumix ... TZ6, TZ18, TZ30, (and my wife has the DMC-LX5 for better low light shots). They are great, if a little fragile (shutter covers/dust penetration). Having a quality wide angle lens was what got me interested (28mm), and this has got wider (24mm)! The zoom allows better wildlife/distant shots than the LX5, but better low light capability would be good.
nice compact camera which slips neatly into my pocket
KEN HARKNESS, Amazon
4 August 2013
Summary: I like lots of things about this camera -it has many clever ticks ----but viewing the subject on the screen in bright light is a problem for me -- also you can not do much with out a memory card - so why is it not part of the package??
Summary: This is a marvellous little camera for carrying around, and takes great outdoor pictures. The 20 x Optical Zoom really gets you close to the action and the Full high definition movies are unbelievably good. I have only given 4 stars because like most compact camera's are not so good in badly lit indoor situations but I would still highly recommend the camera.