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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is targeted to serious amateur photographers with 8 megapixels resolution, 12x optical zoom that is image stabilized, a Leica lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8, and macro as close as 5 cm (2 in.).

It has full flexible exposure control, scene modes, shutter speed range from 8 sec to 1/2,000 sec. (up to 60 sec. in Manual mode), Program Shift, a large 2 in. high resolution LCD monitor that swivels, and an AF Assist Lamp to aid focusing in low-light situations. You can shoot consecutive shots until the memory card is full.

Panasonic FZ30 Silver

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 comes in two flavours: all black body, or a very attractive silver and black body. To the advanced photographers, it can save images in RAW file format, displays a real-time histogram, and accepts an external flash. A manual focus ring lets you manually adjust the focus from 0.98 feet (0.3m) to infinity.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 will appeal to the serious and advanced photographer desiring an ultra-zoom digital camera with full exposure flexibility -- and Panasonic's advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology.

Panasonic FZ30
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Camera Effective Pixels 8.0 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/1.8"
8.32 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
  Optical Zoom 12x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
15.3x for 5 Mega, 19.1x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
15.3x for 4.5 Mega, 19.1x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
19.1x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 2x / 4x pre-select
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 76.5x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f=7.4-88.8mm (35mm equivalent: 35-420mm)  
  Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens 14 Elements in 10 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces, 1 ED Lens)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F11
Tele: F3.7 - F11
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes  
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm / Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro: Wide 5cm / Tele 200cm - infinity
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
(Selectable focus area on 1 point/1 point high speed)
  Focus AF
AF Macro
MF switchable
Manual Focus (Ring)
Continuous AF On/Off
One-Shot AF
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400  
  White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/
Flash/White Set1/2
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
  Exposure Auto
Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Program Shift (P mode)
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at auto mode)  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) 1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot  
  Scene Modes Dial: Auto, Program Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Manual Mode, SCN1, SCN2: (Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle), Moving Image, Playback  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2000 sec.: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
60 - 1/2000 sec.: Manual
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom  
  Review 1x/4x/8x  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction  
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality RAW/TIFF/Fine/Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time? Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels) (640 x 480 pixels)
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080
  Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240  
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 9 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 5 images
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes  
  Built-in Memory No  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Economy Mode No  
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
0.3 - 7.0m (ISO Auto)
  External Flash Hot Shoe  
  Viewfinder 0.44" diagonal Color EVF (235k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  LCD Monitor 2.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (235k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  Playback Mode 25, 16 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Setting
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Color Black  
  Power Supply Included:
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 730 mAh)
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)
  Battery Life Up to 280 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Up to 300 pictures with EVF
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® PhotoBase™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  SD Memory Card 32MB  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Lens Hood & Adaptor Yes  
  Cables AV & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.37'' x 5.54'' x 5.44''  
  Weight 1.63 lbs  
  MSRP FZ30: US $699.99 / CDN $1099.99  

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