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Panasonic DMC-TZ30 Digital Camera

14.1MP 20x Live MOS Dec 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Super Zoom Camera TZ30 - Featuring 20x Optical Zoom, 50p Full HD Video Recording and Built-in GPS Function The DMC-TZ30 incorporates a 20x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle... More
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37 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

Five people who reviewed it considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Nothingwired.com wrote “Effective optical stabilisation system”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Excellent stabilisation system”.

A few customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Nothingwired.com wrote “20x powerful optical zoom” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-TZ30. Nothingwired.com also said “Massive zoom range”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Good optical zoom lens”.

A number of Panasonic DMC-TZ30 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 considered that it had a good lens. Nothingwired.com mentioned “LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wideangle”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Versatile lens”.

Several people agreed that it had a good autofocus. Nothingwired.com said in their Panasonic DMC-TZ30 review “Very fast autofocus”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Good general responsiveness and fast autofocus in good light”.

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Panasonic Has Good Camera Reviews

Panasonic is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

Good Video Capture

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Last year Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 “Full HD video with stereo sound”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Excellent video mode”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Impressive video performance”.

Easy to Use

A few people said in their reviews that it was easy to use. One person reckoned that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Panasonic DMC-TZ30 reviewers concluded that it was able to produce good images. Nothingwired.com mentioned last year “Power optical image stabilizer with active mode to suppress blur” in their Panasonic DMC-TZ30 review. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Good image stabilization performance even at telephoto end”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Excellent image stabilisation”.

One person who reviewed the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 mentioned that it was good in low light. Nothingwired.com wrote “Good lowlight performance” .

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Robust

A number of Panasonic DMC-TZ30 reviewers who reviewed the product said that it was well made. Nothingwired.com said in their Panasonic DMC-TZ30 review “Great build quality”. Nothingwired.com also said “Easy to use and feels well built”.

Good Size

Two Panasonic DMC-TZ30 owners who purchased it agreed that it was compact. Expert review site Nothingwired.com mentioned “Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com also said “AF speed is some of the fastest yet seen in a compact”.

Good Connectivity

A number of people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had gps. Nothingwired.com said in their review “Advanced GPS system with world map information” . Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Builtin GPS receiver”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “GPS works quickly”.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic DMC-TZ30 owner reckoned that the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 had good features. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review “Extensive features”.

Good Product Quality

Several people who reviewed the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 mentioned that it was good quality.

Good Battery Life

Four people who bought it said that it had a good battery life. Nothingwired.com said “Battery drains quickly” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-TZ30. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Battery life okay at best”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “GPS eats battery life, image quality good”.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8". The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst compact cameras of this age.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

Unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not have a GPS (satellite), the DMC-TZ30 has a GPS (satellite).

Other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DMC-TZ30 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-TZ30 do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price], and the 28[pl_1877145_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DMC-TZ30 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-TZ30 do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available that you might want to look at including the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of this type and age range from 3x to 63x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-TZ30.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 20x optical zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon SX240 HS[plb_410378_price], the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-TZ30, the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-TZ30 also have a built-in flash.

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Very High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-TZ30 is 15fps, the highest is 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 33fps. When compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-TZ30 that we have assessed, the motion JPEG frame rate of the DMC-TZ30 of 220 frames per second is one of the highest.

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Has Five White Balances

The DMC-TZ30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-TZ30. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-TZ30. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-TZ30 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Panasonic camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2304 x 2304, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2736 x 2736, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3232 x 3232, 3648 x 2056, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. The still image resolution of all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-TZ30 ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 50x, and the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x. At 80 times zoom factor, the DMC-TZ30 has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-TZ30.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 250mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm. The DMC-TZ30 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (480 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Extra/Smart Zoom

The smallest extra/Smart zoom of cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1.3x, the biggest is 96x, and the average extra/Smart zoom is 27x. With an extra/Smart zoom of 42.2 times zoom factor, the DMC-TZ30 has a fairly big extra/Smart zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-TZ30.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The DMC-TZ30 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Panasonic camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-TZ30.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-TZ30.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DMC-TZ30 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this camera. The image formats supporteds EXIF are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This camera supports an AVCHD|M-JPEG|MOV|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

At 6,400, the DMC-TZ30 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-TZ30. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3, the highest is 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The DMC-TZ30 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed (15 seconds) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-TZ30. Compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-TZ30 have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DMC-TZ30 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DMC-TZ30 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-TZ30. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-TZ30 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who bought it wrote that it was not noisy. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 last year “Noise is a problem from ISO 400”.

Only MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi. The DMC-TZ30 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the DMC-TZ30 is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

This camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is in fact the worst optical sensor size amongst all cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-TZ30.

Amongst similar types of camera the best optical sensor size is 2/3"".

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DMC-TZ30 the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-TZ30 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-TZ30.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the IXUS 230 HS[pl_1504252_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price].

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x).

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-TZ30. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modess

The DMC-TZ30 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-TZ30. The shooting modess "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 12 megabytes, the DMC-TZ30 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The internal memorys of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 6.9MB to 8.2GB.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-TZ30

Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the DMC-TZ30 over four years ago.

Average Weight

The DMC-TZ30 has a fairly typical weight (184 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 184g cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

The DMC-TZ30 has a fairly standard megapixel (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (14.2MP), or the GE G100[plb_1861772_price] (14.4MP).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Face Detection
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Panorama
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

3 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years. As a result, the... Read more…

Power optical image stabilizer with active mode to suppress blur
Advanced GPS system with world map information
20x powerful optical zoom
LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wideangle
Full HD video with stereo sound
Lack of raw capture
Battery life is not very impressive
Noise suppression at mid to high ISOs
Small function icons on screen
Quite pricey

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 1 February 2013 by Colin Snelson
(Verified Purchase)

20x isn't as much more than 10x as you'd expect and that's because the lens starts at a wider angle than the TZ5 (which I can still use quite happily). The wider starting point is useful though... Read more…

Reviewed 26 December 2013 by Simon S
(Verified Purchase)

What a brilliant piece of kit. I always wait a while before offering a review to be sure I've found any faults. With this camera, the only discoveries have been delighted surprise*. It is easy to... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2012 by Ste

After being advised by a friend to Get this camera over all the slightly cheaper ones..... And I trust their advice. They told me Panasonic do a £35 cashback deal before the end of July! Amazon... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2014 by Mark-d-spark

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmctz30, dmctz30e, dmctz30ef, dmctz30egs, dmctz30eft, panasonic dmctz30, panasonic dmctz30k, panasonic dmctz30w
Barcodes 04984824949669, 05025232662944, 05025232662951, 05025232662968, 05025232662975, 05025232663033, 05025232663071, 05025232663095, 05025232663118, 05025232663125, 05025232663132, 05025232663149, 05025232663163, 05025232663170, 05025232663392
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