Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

April 21, 2012

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

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Panasonic’s latest top-end travel compact features a Leica lens with 20x optical zoom, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Tim Coleman investigates what is below the surface

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 at a glance:

  • 14.1 million effective pixels
  • 1/2.33in (6.16×4.62mm) sensor
  • 20x optical zoom (24-480mm equivalent)
  • ISO 100-3200 (1600-6400 High Sensitivity mode)
  • 5fps with continuous AF
  • Street price around £330

Travel cameras are designed to be pocked sized, and to provide the features needed to cover a wide range of situations. Panasonic’s Lumix TZ series is one of the market leaders and the DMC-TZ30 is the latest flagship model. It is an engineering feat to include a 20x optical zoom in a camera of this size, which is the sort of range normally reserved for larger bridge cameras, such as Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ150 with its 24x optical zoom.

Camera designers must walk a fine line between producing models that have good image quality and offering the widest possible focal-length lens. The lens of a bridge camera is larger and packs more glass than a compact camera optic, and should result in sharper results. So can a compact camera such as the TZ30 really do a comparable job?

  • AF Assistance: Tracking, 23-point, face, touch, 1-point, spot
  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 preset, custom
  • Output Size: 4320x3240 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, approx 460,000-dot LCD touchscreen
  • Sensor: 1/2.33in CMOS sensor with 14.1 million effective pixels
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, 18 scene modes including panorama
  • Weight: Approx 206g (with battery and memory card)
  • Power: Lithium-Ion DMW-BCG10E battery
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 24-480mm (equivalent) f/3.3-8
  • File Format: Still: JPEG. Video: MPEG, AVCHD
  • Drive Mode: Single, 5fps with continuous AF, 10fps in single AF, 40 or 60fps at 5MP and 2.5MP respectively, self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/2000sec
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Metering System: TTL intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 104.9x58.9x28.2mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI
  • RRP: £349.99
  • ISO: 100-3200

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