Oct 5, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30S 8MP Digital Camera Review at megapixel.net

The Panasonic FZ30 follows on from the remarkably popular FZ20, it continues that camera's standard of providing SLR-like features and body design with a big zoom and image stabilization. Primary changes are more megapixels, a mechanically linked zoom ring, a higher resolution flip-down and twist LCD monitor, RAW capture, longer exposures, improved control layout and faster operation.

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.

Megapixel.net have today posted their Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review and had this to say-
"Overall, the user of the DMC-FZ30 is well served by the camera's auto white balance, its default metering pattern. The FZ30 produces well-exposed and pleasing images in a variety of formats. Likewise, the Leica lens is able to produce tack-sharp images and capture delicate details.
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The DMC-FZ30 is a prime example of cameras that have been termed "bridge" cameras as they offer some of the benefits of both digital SLR's and compact cameras. While the DMC-FZ30 uses a slightly noisier sensor than the larger sensors used with digital SLR cameras, it has the advantage of having built-in stabilization and excellent optics, high resolution, versatile shooting modes and the simplicity of operation that is a hallmark of compact cameras. Moreover, it is a stand-alone camera that does not absolutely require additional components to be fully useable, and is effectively complete at a very competitive price."