|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ30 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Silver|
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|Panasonic is proud to introduce the 8-Megapixel, 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 420mm on a 35mm film camera) LUMIX DMC-FZ30 inheriting MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) as an up-and-comer to its creative super zoom FZ double-digit line.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.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.The LUMIX DMC-FZ30 has the flawless basic specifications to fuel the spark of imagination in high-end users and is destined to join the Panasonic LUMIX high-end model lineup.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||8.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||35 - 420mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||400|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.3 m - 7 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||100%|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, TIFF|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Histogram Display, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Baby, Candle, Fireworks, Food, Night portrait, Night scene, Panning, Party/indoor, Portrait mode, Scenery, Soft skin, Sports mode, Starry sky, Surf & snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Contrast compensation, Cool, Saturation, Sepia, Warm|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second, 3 frames per second|
Long zoom with effective image stabilization; manual focus ring; broad feature set with extras; solid performance.
Image noise; no raw-processing software provided; oddly placed rear dial.
Though we have some caveats about image quality, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 provides stiff competition to other megazooms.
Average review score based on 13 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I bought mine as a clearance model from a camera store in 2008. I LOVE this camera, but there are a few caveats of which one must be aware. These will be listed first, then I'll get to the good stuff...
- Many RAW conversion software packages of the time did not read the earlier versions of the Panasonic Raw files (".raw," ironically enough), and many will still not read these files (Capture One is one of these that don't read them).
- Because it is 2005 technology, one cannot use any SD memory cards higher than 2GB and NO SDHC/SDXC.
- Although an excellent camera, it is misleading to label the FZ30 a Digital SLR as it lacks a mechanical shutter as well as lacking true TTL optical focus. The viewfinder houses an LCD screen.
Now the good points:
- If you desire a digital camera, with a superior lens, that FEELS like a 35mm SLR in your hand, this is the one. The sensor chip that records the images is noticeably noisy on any setting above ISO 125, BUT I have used this camera for studio shoots on ISO 80 (it's lowest setting) and gotten fantastic results. Most recently, as space for baggage was limited, it was taken on a european vacation and was more than equal to the task.
- Because it IS older technology, memory cards can found on the cheap from Amazon/eBay. Same for extra batteries.
- Capture One and other software packages that don't read the .raw files from the FZ30 WILL read .dng (Adobe Digital Negative format) which can be easily converted (with the raw files embedded) in Adobe Camera Raw.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is a camera that is competitive in the arena of digital cameras today.
This camera seems to be the perfect in-between camera if you don't want to put all the money into a DSLR but want good control and functionality. I love the zoom and manual focus features plus the ability to change lenses/filters. I also like the long exposure setting and the ability to take infinite burst pictures. After extensive research, I saw that the noise in dark situations is a bit lower than standard and I do have to admit it is a little grainy, but otherwise its a great camera! The top resolution, 8MP, is pretty good quality and you have to zoom in pretty far to be unhappy with the quality although if you're zooming in a lot and editing small objects, you're probably going to want to move up to a DSLR. Look for an 8MP picture online to compare first. I'm not a huge photography hobbyist but I do like to take pictures on occasions and touch them up on photoshop. This was the perfect camera for me.
this is our second Lumix Panasonic DMC-FZ30 camera. we used the first one so much that the mother board died. it takes excellent pictures but you have to be careful on the developing. sometimes the box stores gives you poor quality pictures when in fact the picture you took was sharp and clear. it takes great outdoors pictures of wildlife and the ease of use is what sold us. this camera, when set up correctly takes pictures easily and consistently.
I bought this for my 16 yr. old grand daughter that loves photography. It is easy to use and I think the Leica lens cannot be beat. She is having a ball. It is a nice size, the pictures are terrific. It is a quality camera. I have purchased the point and shoot Lumix cameras and love them. I knew she would get quality from it. Not only can she easily use the manual settings but also the built in settings for when she is feeling a little less creative.
This is the third Panasonic Lumix I have purchased. My others are DMC-FZ4. The cameras are easy to use and take professional quality pictures, thanks in great measure to the Leica lenses. This one is somewhat larger than the others, and has more features. I purchased it for our daughter who had previously used one of mine on a college trip to Yellowstone. When she returned, the college used her photos in their next brochure because the quality was so good!