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4.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding compact camera, 2 July 2012
I bought this recently as its predecessor, a DMC-TZ5, died after heavy usage often in tough conditions out in bad weather or recording the overhaul of a steam engine in a grimy workshop. The TZ30 is streets ahead of the TZ5, a good enough camera in its day. In particular I like the wider zoom range with much better image stabilisation at the telephoto end. The little Leica lens isn't Canon L quality but is very good for the class of camera with little distortion or chromatic issues. The aperture priority mode allows me the depth of field control that the TZ5 could not give me. With the exception of the fragile folding leaves of the lens cover the build quality is chunky and solid. The HD movie mode seems good but the files are enormous. Get yourself a large capacity fast write card if you want to use the camera for that.
Edit: Be aware that I bought via Digiplus and Amazon and sent off the paperwork for the Panasonic cash back offer only to be told that the serial number was not for a UK sourced model and therefore was not eligible for the Panasonic offer. That makes me wonder how Panasonic will react if a fault develops. So while the camera remains a five star bit of kit I am reducing my overall rating to four stars.