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Panasonic FX30 Review

Review Date: Apr 12, 2007

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Panasonic FX30

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

This review has been submitted to DIWA Awards.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is a beautiful and elegant ultra compact digital camera with some of the best features on a point-and-shoot digital camera. It is only 22mm (0.87 in.) thin ("world's slimmest digital camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens") and easily slips into a jeans pocket, shirt pocket or small fashion purse.

It has fast performance with approx. 1 sec. startup and no practical shutter lag. Auto focus is fast and precise. It is equipped with a 3.6x 28-100mm wide-angle optical zoom that is perfect for wide landscapes and group shots. The 100mm tele coverage is ideal for portraits.

A large 2.5-in. LCD monitor with a high 207,000 pixels resolution makes composition and viewing very comfortable. You can display a live histogram and a framing guide of horizontal and vertical lines. Construction and build is very good.

Image quality is very good at ISO 100, with low noise and good image detail. Image quality is good at ISO 200 but at higher ISOs suffer from noise and loss of detail.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 comes in 4 different colours, each with its distinctive texture, and will appeal to point-and-shoot photographers desiring an easy-to-use ultra slim and stylish digital camera with a wide-angle lens and image stabilization.

What I like about the Panasonic FX30:

  • Wide-angle 28mm is great for wide landscapes and group shots.
  • Very good image quality at ISO 100.
  • Effective Image Stabilization, plus Intelligent ISO to tackle both camera shake and subject movement.
  • Fast performance, no practical shutter lag, fast and precise AF.
  • Availability of Manual WB and WB Adjust.
  • CA negligible.
  • Availability of Live Histogram.
  • Availability of Framing Guide (2 patterns).
  • Stylish, ultra slim, flush design.
  • Very good build and construction; a beautiful camera.
  • 19 Zoom steps for precise focal length positioning.
  • Accepts large capacity SDHC card.
  • Very good Menu Structure and intuitive Controls.
  • Availability of 15, 30 and 60 sec. in Starry Sky scene mode.
  • Hinged door for easy access to terminals.

Improvements wishlist:

  • Less aggressive noise reduction. High ISOs pictures limited to small prints and for Web display (due to high noise and loss of image detail).
  • A finger grip that is not slippery.

As you can see, there's lots to like about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30. If you intend to take pictures mostly for 4x6 in. prints (or large prints at ISO 100) or for Web display, the Panasonic FX30 has more than the standard point-and-shoot model. The effective image stabilization, wide-angle zoom, 19 Zoom steps and fast performance will be the deciding factors for many beginner photographers. More advanced photographers will appreciate the availability of manual WB, live histogram and framing guide.

See if you fit the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 User Profile below:

Panasonic FX30
User Profile
Desire a quality 7.2 MP resolution compact digital camera (at ISO 100).
Want a wide-angle lens coverage with effective optical image stabilization.
Want fast response times with no practical shutter lag.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dial as long as they are precise and responsive.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Like a beautiful digital camera.

 

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