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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review


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If the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 were scored on features alone, it would get top marks. It is also quick and easy to use, covers an extensive focal range and has a host of neat shooting modes.

Image quality is not quite as crisp as that of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, but it is an improvement over the TZ20 at higher ISO settings.

Panasonic has once again improved its solid line-up of TZ travel compacts.


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
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Resolution, Noise & Dynamic Range
  6. 6. Verdict
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