Summary: I bought the camera with the perception that the manual and instructions were in Japanese. This was not a problem because I found a manual on line in English. When I received the camera and turned it on everything was in Japanese.
... to South Africa with me and got the most amazing shots of wildlife without lugging around giant lenses
Connie Wolberg, Amazon
15 December 2014
Summary: Took this to South Africa with me and got the most amazing shots of wildlife without lugging around giant lenses. LOVE this camera. Can't recommend it enough. My brother, who is a professional photographer and a perfectionist, found it for me online and said it's an amazing bargain. If you're looking for something in this price range and this is available, grab it.
This is my 5th Lumix DMC camera and for good reasons..the camera is compact, with lots of features and a Leica zoom lens system
Richard D. Wolfe "Wolfman", Amazon
9 December 2014
Summary: I bought the Lumix DMC-ZS30 to replace my older ZS20. The camera has many features that are important for prosumer photographers. It has a 30 times zoom range, RAW capability, GPS, a viewfinder for more stable photography and a Leica zoom system. I am retired and a serious photographer but often I prefer to carry a compact camera. The GPS is especially nice when traveling in Europe or areas in which I am not familiar.
Excerpt: A camera in your pocket on the road or trail preserves that unique scene; the camera too large or heavy to carry contributed nothing. The Panny ZS30 fits in a modest pocket and weighs little so there is little reason not to carry it every day. A 24mm equivalent wide angle captures the verdant landscape or striking sunset, a 480mm tele captures the full moon or the cute bluejay. Tele-macro from a couple of feet captures insect on flower.
Summary: Well there is not enough space to write how amazing this camera is. I bought it to replace an older point and shoot which I use when not using my Canon 6D - This has now become my primary camera. WOW!!! The Scene Modes allow such versatility it is unreal. Through Glass mode is amazing for Museum and other through glass needs. Distance is great. Dark is awesome, I have not yet found any mode which this camera has failed to impress me on.
Summary: We returned this camera! The entire camera menu and manual were written in Japanese! The details said "Japan Import" which to me meant made in Japan; it didI not mean written in Japanese! The camera may work perfectly, but unless you can read Japanese do not buy it!