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Friday, Oct 14, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Review - Megapixel

Oct 14, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is a large camera, one of a group that have been dubbed “bridge” cameras as their characteristics overlap those of both digital SLR cameras and Compact cameras. With its large 12X stabilized zoom, substantial rubber-coated grip, hefty weight and large hinged 2-inch LCD monitor, the FZ30 body is more SLR than compact camera. But the fact that its lens is not interchangeable, and that it uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF) instead of a TTL finder anchor it with compact cameras.

The Lumix FZ30 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium ion battery (CGR-S006A) housed inside the grip, behind a locking door. A charger (DE-993B), is supplied with the camera, and takes approximately 2 hours to fully recharge the battery.

The FZ30 provides all the shooting modes expected of a camera designed for a serious amateur. All the shooting modes are present, including a fully functional and very flexible Manual mode that is capable of a 6-second long exposure.

The FZ30 provides all the shooting modes expected of a camera designed for a serious amateur. All the shooting modes are present, including a fully functional and very flexible Manual mode that is capable of a 6-second long exposure.

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Monday, Oct 10, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Review - LetsGoDigital

Oct 10, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

Panasonic is getting more popular among camera enthusiasts and when we look at products like the new Panasonic DMC FZ30 we understand why. It is a mere fact that features like the Image Stabilization and a large optical zoom are features that a potential large group of consumers is looking for. Though the ergonomics and control are not directly similar to others, the Panasonic FZ30 digital camera has enough features that will attract new potential Panasonic users or at least make them curious.

The Panasonic DMC FZ30 is a highly attractive high resolution camera. The combination of the powerful 12x optical zoom, the Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S) and the bright and high resolution turnable LCD display were a pleasure to experience. Once you have learned the benefits of the O.I.S I am afraid your next digital camera will not be without it. The high resolution is nice for those who are seeking for the highest amount, although more pixels on such a small image sensor has some disadvantages. At this moment almost every high resolution model experiences the same problem, except for the Fujifilm FinePix S9500. The latter one is not completely noise free in the highest ISO values but definitely a lot better compared to its competitors.

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Wednesday, Aug 31, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Review - DCRP

Aug 31, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is darn close to the perfect ultra zoom camera. It has a fast 12X optical zoom lens (though not as fast as on its predecessor), optical image stabilization, full manual controls, a high resolution LCD and electronic viewfinder, and a VGA movie mode. The big disappointment on the FZ30 was the higher than average noise levels, especially at high ISO sensitivities.

Camera performance is excellent. The FZ30 is ready to shoot in under a second, and its new high speed focusing system is VERY quick. Shutter lag was minimal, and shot-to-shot times were very good, even when shooting in RAW mode — just remember to use a high speed memory card for best performance. The camera has a full suite of manual controls, ranging from the usuals like shutter speed and aperture to white balance fine tuning. Those seeking some automatic modes will be pleased to see a large number of scene modes on the camera. The FZ30’s burst mode is one of the best out there, with unlimited recording at 2 frames/second (with a high speed SD card) and more limited low and high speed modes as well. And the FZ30 finally brings a modern movie mode to the FZ-series of cameras, with unlimited recording at 640 x 480 / 30 fps (again with a high speed memory card) and the ability to use the zoom lens during filming.

The FZ30’s weak point is its image quality. On the positive side, photos were well exposed, with accurate color and low purple fringing levels. Redeye was not a problem. Unfortunately, noise levels are above average, especially at ISO 200 and 400. If you’re printing your photos at 4 x 6 and 5 x 7, you really don’t need to worry about this issue. If you’re printing larger than that, or you enjoy looking at your photos at 100%, then you’ll probably be disappointed. The best solution to the problem that I could find was to use noise reduction software to clean things up a bit. I did this with several of my gallery photos and I got very nice 8.5 x 11 inch prints with just a quick run through NeatImage. I strongly encourage you to print my sample photos to see what you think about the noise levels, since ultimately this is a subjective thing.

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