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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 digital camera
Lumix DMC-FZ30
at a glance
3264 x 2448
12x optical zoom
2" lcd monitor
Li ion rechargeable
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 review summary
camera date Sep 05  out of production
pixels / class 8.3M  SLR-like digital camera
overall rating average it its class overall camera rating  15 reviews
image quality average it its class image quality rating  
ease of use good usability rating  
camera body average it its class camera body rating  
digital features average it its class digital features rating  no high speed USB
photogr. ctrls average it its class photographic controls rating  
user profile user profile: digital photography enthusiast
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 specifications
lens / zoom  35mm - 420mm (12x) (dig. 4x)
focus / macro  auto / 30cm / ?cm
metering mode  intelligent multiple / center-weighted / spot
aperture  auto | manual / F2.8 - F11 (W) / F3.7 - F11 (T)
white balance  auto / 3 presets / color temperature adjustment
shutter  auto | manual / 60s - 1/2000s
exposure  +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  internal / hot shoe -  5 modes
viewfinder  ttl electronic
iso ratings  80 / 100 / 200 / 400
image size  3264x2448 / 3248x2160 / 3072 x 1728 / 2560x1920 / 2560x1712 / 2048x1536 / 2048x1360 / 1920x1080 / 1600x1200 / 1280x960
image format  raw / tiff / jpeg (exif 2.2)
image compr.  fine / standard
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 10s / 2s
video options  Qt m-jpeg 640x480 / 320x240 (30fps | 10fps)
audio options  available
connectivity  usb / video (PAL/NTSC)
storage  secure digital / MMC
platform  Windows, Mac
extra features  optical image stabilizer
real time histogram
PictBridge compatible
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 links
Reviews for novices and shutterbugs
12Apr07 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at Photoxels
28Nov05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at Steves-digicams
19Oct05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at DigitalKamera (de)
11Oct05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at Quesabesde (es)
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
27Jan06 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at Camera Labs
18Jan06 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at Imaging-resource
18Sep05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at DPReview
19Aug05 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 review at DCResource
Introductions, previews and other reviews
09Jan06 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 test by Michael Neuhaus (de)
14Sep05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at LetsGoDigital
12Dec05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at CNET reviews
08Dec05 Superzoom digital cameras review by Peter Burian
21Oct05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at DigitalCameraInfo
17Oct05 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 vs. Canon EOS-20D
03Oct05 Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review at
News, guides, hints & tips
21Jul05 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 press summary
Forum discussions Panasonic SLR Forum Panasonic Talk Forum Panasonic Forum
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 announcement clippings

The 12x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens, which has been handed down since the first launch of the FZ series, underwent further development to provide even more superb picture rendering. The other key feature, the Optical Image Stabilizer, MEGA O.I.S. is deservedly continued as Panasonic advanced the theory that it should be standard in all digital still cameras. The newly incorporated Extra Optical Zoom extends the zoom ratio by using the center part of the high resolution CCD, to achieve 15.3x for 5-Megapixel and 19.1x for 3-Megapixel images with minimal deterioration.

Along with CCD size and total effective pixels, the FZ30 also has enhanced its excellence in other features: addition of a manual zoom ring to the manual focus ring, which was very popular in the FZ20; easy-to-see free-angle LCD; and adjustable dials for the aperture and shutter speed controls. Both the LCD and EVF have had their resolution increased, offering a sharp, clear view. All these complete the FZ30 in the resulting picture quality and operationality.

The newly developed 8-Megapixel CCD is compatible with the 9-pixel mixed readout method, so now moving pictures with dramatically increased brightness can be recorded at 30 fps in VGA size, previously only recordable in QVGA. This technology is used for the LCD monitoring to provide a bright and clear view so subjects can be seen easily, even in low-light situations.

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