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.
DigitalCameraInfo.com have just posted their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Digital Camera Review. In it they report-
"The Panasonic DMC-FZ30 is an appealing camera, for users who can avoid the camera's poor noise performance. These are users who plan to make small prints where noise is less of an issue, and who do not need high ISO ratings. The camera is slow to operate – focusing time, shutter lag, and image writing cause enough delay to miss shots in hectic situations. At $700, the FZ30 is priced as close to entry level DSLRs as it is to compact cameras, thought it has much more in common with the compacts – it shoots video, it has an extensive range of scene modes, it has a live display with a live histogram; it is also slow and its small imaging sensor gives rise to noisy images. Its DSLR-like features are pretty limited: it has a wide range of focal lengths, and it has excellent manual controls. For the casual photographer who demands a long telephoto – and the image stabilization that makes it useful – switching up from a small compact to the FZ30 is going to feel like an impressive upgrade. For photographers who really want to grow into the medium with excellent image quality, action shooting capabilities, or with wide angle views, the FZ30 is going to be a constraining tool in short order."