Reviews and Problems with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30
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Paul D Amos, DP Review
17 August 2014
Excerpt: My wife wanted a new camera before we went on an overseas trip late last year. She knew exactly what she wanted. It had to be compact, white, have a grip and a reasonably long telephoto. Image quality was not a consideration! This camera gets pretty good reviews. It got damaged last week, with some pressure on the the lens protector cover, thus it is refusing to fully retract. Thank God. I'll be glad to see it go.
Get the ZS20 instead of the ZS30 if you wear polarized sunglasses or have an iphone
SB "photo fun", Amazon
4 April 2014
Summary: I love my Panasonic Lumix -- this is my fourth one. But get the ZS20 instead of the ZS30 if you wear polarized sunglasses. The screen for the ZS30 cannot be seen with polarized sunglasses in portrait mode. Don't buy this model for the Wi-Fi feature if you have an iphone, since IOS doesn't support NFC (Near Field Communication). Wi-Fi transfer of photos is very complicated -- have to manually program in the Wi-Fi settings each time, too many steps.
Lack of viewfinder made it impossible to use in bright light.
SamanthaG "SamanthaG", Amazon
18 January 2014
Summary: This went back! I used it on a trip to the beach and the viewing screen was impossible to see outside. So I had to aim in the general direction of whatever my subject was, but could see nothing. I will say that the photo quality was very good, thus 2 stars, not one. I don't understand how anyone with a more than casual interest in photography could tolerate this problem. It's very difficult to find a small digital camera with a viewfinder, though there are several.
Summary: I bought the ZS30 in hopes it would replace/upgrade my aging and much loved ZS15. Unfortunately it didn't meet my needs so after just two days I returned it to Amazon. Short story – long; here is what I learned. I am a very experienced photographer and for the past seven or eight years I have used Panasonic cameras exclusively. For vacation and “serious” photography I love my GX1 (a micro four thirds replacement for my previous Panasonic DSLR).
Summary: this was meant to be an upgrade for my much beloved ZS7, more zoom better in low light. It was better in low light, but the colors and pictures lacked in crispness. I was hoping to love it, but having my old camera still around to compare the exact same shots, I came to the conclusion that I'll never be really happy with it and returned it