Summary: The ZS30 is one of the first cameras to use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, so you can simply tap the camera on a compatible wireless device to connect it. Some owners find it incompatible with their Mac and iOS devices, but others report no problems. Other tech goodies include GPS, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Face Recognition and panorama features. Full manual controls will please enthusiasts, but there's no RAW mode.
Pros: 20x zoom, Good photos for its class, Full manual controls, Loaded with features, like advanced Wi-Fi and a touch screen
Cons: Some image flaws, like fringing and noise, No RAW mode
Panasonic Lumix ZS30 is a fun, feature-filled compact megazoom
8 October 2013
Summary: A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.
Pros: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 gets you a lot of features in a compact body including a 20x zoom lens, 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi for remote control of the camera as well as easy sharing, high-speed and full HD movie capture, and GPS. Photo quality and shooting performance are very good for its class.
Cons: The power and Wi-Fi buttons are too easy to accidentally press. There's no raw capture option. Battery life can be short if you do more than just take photos. Photos look soft and have visible noise/artifacts when viewed at full size even at its lowest ISO.