Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30K 18 Megapixel Digital Camera – Black

Pinned on October 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm by Lee Whorton

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30K 18 Megapixel Digital Camera – Black

The Panasonic DMC-ZS30 boasts advanced optical design making the camera keep on being the world’s slimmest in class. A powerful 20x optical zoom lens in a slim body draws your subjects right up close, and lets you freely capture decisive sports scenes, along with the natural expressions of people and animals. It can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. Featuring 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) full HD recording capability, subjects with fast motion or fine details are reproduced clearly. Enjoy flexible shoot, view and share with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Once you touch your smartphone / tablet to the DMC-ZS3, it will change into a remote controller for the camera. The built-in GPS & GLONASS will tag your photo with place name and landmark information. This small powerful camera will let you travel light and capture the world. 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video in AVCHD Format / MP4 Format HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) for video recording with new 5-axis correction (horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation and horizontal rotation) New shooting functions such as Creative Panorama and Creative Control / Creative Retouch Wi-Fi with NFC for easy, One-touch Connection to a Smartphone / Tablet GPS & GLONASS with Place Name and Landmark Information and CompassSpecifications Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter – 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / 18.9 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter Effective Pixels – 18.1 Megapixels Lens – LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR, 20x Optical Zoom Focal Length – f = 4.3 – 86.0mm (24 – 480mm in 35mm equiv.) Optical Image Stabilizer – HYBRID O.I.S. + LCD – 3.0-inch TFT Multi-Touch Screen LCD Display (920K dots), 100% Field of View File Format – Still Image – JPEG (DCF/Exif 2.3) / 3D Image – MPO / Motion Image – AVCHD, MP4 File Size – Still up to 4320 x 3000 (4 – 3); Movie up to FHD 19

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John McQuitty says:

Great Little Camera I have had the Panasonic ZS30 about a week now. It is my 5th TZ/ZS Panasonic camera I’ve owned, including the excellent ZS20. However, the ZS30 is the best yet. I’m not a beginner. I’ve been making pictures since the 1960s or before with all kind of cameras, and I’ve sold a few pictures over the years too. Currently I have the ZS30, the ZS20, a couple of “enthusiast” compact cameras, and a fairly nice and complete DSLR set up – one of several I’ve owned. The DSLR gathers dust for the most part – too heavy with a bunch of lenses and other photographic “stuff.”Getting right to the heart of things: The ZS30 is a great little camera – takes great pictures in good light and also in low light. It also has a plethora of fun and useful features, and a great Leica lens. You can shoot on full automatic or take control with aperature, shutter, or full manual priority. There are 14 or so “art filters, plus about 16 “scene” modes. For the younger gneration there is WiFi, and NFC, and, of course there is GPS. The camera is easy to carry, excellent build quality – and, did I mention, takes excellent pictures. I highly recommend it.Some people may worry about the high pixel count (18 MP). Don’t! The improvements in the sensor and the processor pretty much take care of that, and pictures are certainly as good as the ZS20, which I also have, and better than the other, older Panasonic superzooms that I have had. It is not a DSLR, but the pictures – good light and low light are certainly very good for this type of camera up to about ISO 3200 (Yes, there is some noise, but pictures are certainly “useable” for what most people who buy this kind of camera will use them for.) Generally speaking though, I’d use a top end ISO 1600 and below for normal, everyday use. I usually have it set to ISO 200 – works fine.Everyone is worried about blurry pictures. Left to its own devices the ZS30 does not give blurry pictures. It is quite a capable little camera. That’s not to say you can’t take blurry pictures with the ZS30. You certainly can. Here are some ideas to minimize blurry pictures with the ZS 30 or any other camera for that matter: Most important of all – Be sure the image stabilization is ALWAYS turned ON – unless you are on a tripod – then turn it off. Then: 1. Neither the ZS30 nor the subject should be moving when you take the shot – i.e. hold the camera still, and shoot when the subject is not moving – (some exceptions when using very high shutter speeds, the tracking focus mode, fireworks, moving water, and other “creative” stuff). 2. To hold the camera still, hold on to it like you own it and are proud of it, with BOTH hands, and not with just the thumb and forefinger only. 3. Keep your elbows tucked in to your sides. 4. Lean against a wall, a table, a chair, and/or look for something to rest the camera on. 5. Shoot with the reciprocal of the lens extention for a shutter speed, i.e. At full extension of 480 mm (in 35 mm terms) – (You can estimate it if not at full extension.), keep the shutter speed no lower than 1/500 second OR 1/125 second (2 stops) if the image stabilazation feature is turned on. If you have a REAL steady hand, maybe you can cheat down to 1/60 second. (You can adjust the aperature, the ISO, and/or the lens extension to achieve these shutter speeds, but anything less will almost undoubedly result in a blurry picture.) 6. Wait for the camera to focus – when you hear the beep (if turned on) or when the focus area boundary turns green on the LCD. It doesn’t take long with the fast Panasonic focus speed, but I’ve seen some folks beat even a DSLR to focus. 7. Press the shutter button gently, don’t “stab” at it. 8. Don’t let the camera pick the focus point. Do it yourself. I mostly use the center point only – smallest one – unless using tracking focus mode. 9. Shoot on aperature priority and set the widest aperature available (ZS 30 will adjust it as you zoom.) or shoot in “sports” mode to assure the fastest shutter speed for the ISO set and the light available. 10. Don’t shoot ANYTHING with a shutter speed of less than 1/30 sec unless the camera is “braced.” 11. Walk closer to the subject if you can, and retract the lens to fill the frame at the new, shorter distance. Long lenses, fully extended are much harder to hold still than “shorter ” ones. Note: The 30X Sony HX50 may not be such a bargain at full extension unless braced or on a tripod – a 700 mm something lens, handheld – REALLY?! – and about that atmospheric haze… Note: You can easily have a 30X lens equivalent with th ZS30 – either by slightly lowering the number of pixels used (best way – all optical lens magnification) – or by using the “extended” optical lens mode at full resolution. I like the first way – pictures seem sharper, and there is still plenty of resolution for high quality prints. 12. If all else fails, use a tripod (Heaven forbid!).Added…

Dave Sampieri "DaveSam" says:

ZS30 review and comparison to ZS7 I received my ZS30 about three weeks ago and, with one exception, like it much more than my ZS7.I actually rate this at 4.5 stars, but gave it 5 because the camera deserves more than 4.Contrary to one of the other reviews, the ZS30 is smaller and lighter than the ZS7. It is a tad taller, but thinner and not as wide (4.26 x 2.32 x 1.09 inch VS. 4.06 x 2.36 x 1.3″). The thinness makes it easier to fit in your pocket. It is also slightly lighter than the ZS7. The rubberized grip is a great improvement too.The extra zoom is a real plus. I have what’s called an essential tremor so stabilization is key for me. The ZS30 has 5 axis correction, which beats the ZS7.Full HD video is fabulous. I go to concerts and soccer events (for my godson) and the full HD is much clearer than the ZS7.The LCD is much clearer with twice the dots (920 vs. 460). The lens has been upgraded. Higher burst mode.In Portrait mode and auto-flash the ZS30 more accurately reflects the correct colors. I have hardwood floors that I use for color comparisons. The ZS7 makes the color much too warm and deep while the ZS30 is almost dead on.Probably the best new features? Wi-Fi and NFC.The Wi-Fi capability in the Panasonic app is great. I have used Canon DSLR’s for quite some time and loved being able to use my iPhone to take family-type pics without having to run to pose before the shot was taken!Both cameras are equally bad in low-light pictures.There are two categories in which the ZS7 wins.Stereo microphones (which I don’t care about).Video aperture is better at adjusting when filming in varying light conditions. When recording a soccer match where one end of the field is brightly lit and the other end is in shadows, the ZS30 has a hard time adjusting, where as the ZS7 is quick to change.Be wary of the instructions on the Panasonic web site for upgrading the ZS30 firmware. If they include having to take 2 photos, the instructions and the file are the wrong ones. Go to this link for the correct file and instructions: [...]Overall, the ZS30 is worth the cost of investing in a new point and shoot. I’ve had the ZS7 for a while, so it’s been dropped a few times, the LCD is a little scratched up and the focus ring can get sticky. I’ll give it to one of my nieces or nephews to play around with as their first camera.

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