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Panasonic FX30 Review

Review Date: Apr 12, 2007

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is the world's slimmest digital camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens. The beauty of a wide-angle lens is that it allows you to include all your friends in the picture, to capture a whole large building or to reproduce a sweeping landscape vista.

The FX30 is available in black, silver, blue and taupe (light brown). It's fashionable and lightweight -- perfect to take with you everywhere you go. [The FX30 replaces the Panasonic FX07.]

The FX30 features the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images. In addition, the FX30 compensates for the other major cause of blurry images --subject movement -- with the Intelligent ISO Control function which detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions automatically. Together, they form Intelligent Image Stabilizer.

Venus Engine III in the FX30 allows high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 1250 at full resolution with an improved noise reduction system which maintains high resolution.

Like dates on your pictures? A new Date Stamp feature allows you to select from Baby and Pet mode to print the age of a child or pet by inputting the birthdate in advance.

Battery life is approximately 280 pictures on a single charge (CIPA standard).

The FX30 is compatible with the optional marine case DMW-MCFX30 which is safe to a depth of 40 meters.

Want something that you can carry anywhere? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is an easy-to-use take-anywhere ultra compact digital camera, now with wide-angle coverage so you can include all your friends in one picture.

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Panasonic FX30
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site JeansPocket Certified  
  Camera Effective Pixels 7.2 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.5", 7.38 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter  
7 elements in 6 groups
(5 Aspherical lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 4.6 - 16.4 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 - 100 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 3.6x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4.3x for 5 Mega, 5.3x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1 Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5.3x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5.3x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 14.3x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 21.4x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8/F8 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.6 - F16 (2 steps)
  Focusing Area Normal: 50cm - infinity
Macro, Simple, Intelligent ISO, Motion Image: Wide 5cm/Tele 30cm ? infinity
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
5 points
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Auto Focus System, Normal / Macro (Dial)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)  
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /
Halogen / White Set /
White Balance Adjustment (+10 steps) (except for auto set)
  Exposure Program AE  
  Scene Modes Dial: Print, Motion Picture, Macro, Normal Picture, Intelligent ISO, Playback, Simple, SCN (Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Underwater)  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Simple Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 3 sec / zoom  
  Review 1x / 4x / 8x  
  Color Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Natural, Standard, Vivid  
  Recording Format JPEG(Design rule for camera file system based on Exif 2.21 standard)
DPOF corresponding
image w/audio:JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif2.23 standard)+QuickTime
Motion image:QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size

Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3072 x 2048
2048 x 1360
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080


Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image: 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec
Full-Resolution: Max. 7 images(standard mode), Max. 5 images(fine mode)
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume n/a  
  Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec  
  Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 27 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation No  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Date Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Wide: 0.6 - 5.0m (ISO Auto)
Tele: 0.3 - 2.5m (ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle LCD Mode
  Playback Mode 25 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Print Setting
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese  
  Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1000 mAh)(Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)
  Battery Life (Approx.) 280 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger
- Li-ion Battery Pack
- Battery Carrying Case
- AV Cable
- USB Connection Cable
- Wrist Strap
- CD-ROM: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft (PhotoImpression / PhotoBase / PanoramaMaker), USB Driver

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 94.9 x 51.9 x 22.0 mm /
3.74 x 2.04 x 0.87 in.
  Weight (Approx.) 132 g ( 0.29 lb)  
  MSRP US $349.95 / CDN $449.99  

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50 % humidity; LCD on; using Panasonic SD/SHDC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

•The battery life differs depending on the condition stored or used or environment.
•The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. •Operating Temperature:32 °F– 104 °F(0°C–40°C)
•Operating Humidity: 10%–40%
•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
•Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•Some sample images [on the Panasonic website] are simulated.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.
•Availability of models and colors may differ depending on the country.
•Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the LUMIX models, colors, and optional accessories that are available in your market.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Advantages of a 28mm wide-angle lens

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

- Underwater photography with LUMIX

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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