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Panasonic DMC-TZ30EB-S Compact Camera - Silver (14.1MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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- 20x Powerful Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens from 24mm Ultra Wide-angle
- Newly Developed 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
- Full HD Video Recording in AVCHD Progressive / MP4 Format
- Advanced GPS System with World Map Information
- 10 fps Burst Shooting in Full Resolution and 0.1 sec Light Speed AF
- POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode to Suppress Blur
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14.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Conventional digital cameras use image sensor technology built around a CCD (Charge Coupled Device). However the demand for faster readout and lower power consumption has led to the development of MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors as the preferred technology to deliver the advanced features of today's models. Panasonic's advanced 14 megapixel MOS sensor offers a digital readout from the sensor that supports Full HD video recording and high speed burst shooting. Also, due to a newly designed micro lens tube structure, light capture is maximised and picture noise greatly reduced (less than half the level compared to previous model TZ20).
High Resolution Leica Lens
Due to the strenuous image quality control checks that are enforced by Leica during Panasonic's lens manufacturing process, high quality and performance is assured in three main areas: Resolution - sharp and clear all the way to the edge and corners. Distortion - straight lines must appear straight, even at the wide angle. Ghost-free clarity - images should be largely free of ghosting or flare.
Anti-Ghost & Flare with Nano Coating Lens
In addition to multi-coating lens technology to reduce flare and reflections, the application of a Nano thin coating outer layer (usually only found on high-end Digital SLR lenses) virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely.
Power O.I.S. with Active Mode
Our highest and most effective order of image stabilisation. Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. And with the option of Active mode, taking shots from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise. It is even effective in video movie mode.
Fastest Auto Focus
Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.
Powerful 20x Optical Zoom Lens
One of the reasons the Lumix TZ series has proved so popular is the way in which Panasonic manage to cram an amazing high zoom lens in to a relatively small bodied camera. New for the 2012 model TZ30, is an incredible 20x optical zoom. That means that you could be shooting at a wide angle equivalent of 24mm one minute and then zooming in for a close up at 480mm the next. Another way of imagining this amazing zoom range is this, picture yourself on the wild African plains watching a male lion sleeping in the hot afternoon sun. You are 90 feet away on the back of a safari jeep but can just make out his shape amongst the grass. Now take your TZ30 and zoom right in to your subject. The amazing image you take with the camera is as if you were less than 10 feet from him and you can now see that he still has one eye open and firmly fixed on you.
24mm (Equivalent) Wide-Angle Lens
In 35mm camera terms, a 50mm lens is considered close to the natural viewing angle of humans. A 100mm lens makes the subject appear twice as close to the camera but reduces the width of view by half. A 25mm lens has the opposite effect, making the angle of view twice as wide as the 50mm lens but appearing as if we have moved the camera away from the subject. The advantage of a wide angle lens, such as the 24mm equivalent included in this camera, is that you can get more image in the shot. That's great for indoor use where you may want to photograph a group of friends, or for outdoor shots where you want to shoot an amazing landscape or sunset. Either way, you will find the wide angle option adds to your creativity.
50P Full HD Video Mode with AVCHD Progressive
The newly developed Venus Engine FHD supports video recording at 50 frames per second in Full HD resolution (1920x1080). This offers the smoothest and most detailed video mode ever for a compact digital camera and is perfect for fast action sports recording.
ISO 3200 Low Light Shooting
A combination of improved noise reduction and redesigned MOS sensor means that you can now shoot in very low light conditions by selecting a high sensitivity mode of ISO3200.
Functionality & Ease of Use
High Resolution 3.0 Inch Wide Angle Touch Screen LCD
Not only do our TZ models offer a large 3.0 inch, 460,000 pixel high resolution display, but the TZ30 also offers a smart touch screen so that you can enjoy features like Touch Shutter, Touch AF Tracking and Touch Zoom. And when you are reviewing the pictures you have taken you can Photo Scroll and Photo Zoom your images. All in all an intuitive welcome addition to this age of touch screen devices.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode
The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a persons face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), A close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.
10 Frames Per Second High Speed Burst Shooting
One of the advantages of a MOS sensor is the incredibly fast read-out speed. High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.
Creative Control for Recording
Up to 10 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Dynamic Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Photo and Soft Focus add an interesting new look to what might otherwise be a boring picture.
Creative Re-Touch for Playback
Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture, are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Soft Focus, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.
Stereo Sound Recording
A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.
GPS with Photo Mapping
Ever looked at a photograph and wondered exactly where it was taken? Well with GPS tagging on all your photos you need never wonder again. Latitude and Longitude positioning are stored in the image data for each photograph. Based on a database of almost one million landmarks stored in the camera, it even works out whether the photo was taken at a famous landmark.
Extended Capacity SD Card Recording
Panasonic Lumix cameras are compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and the format new extra capacity SDXC Memory Cards. So whether it's 1GB, 4GB or 64GB capacity you require, Lumix can accommodate.
HDMI Control with Viera Link
When using the Mini HDMI connection between the camera and a Panasonic Viera TV, the still pictures and video files contained on the inserted SD memory card or on the camera's internal memory can be accessed and viewed by using the TV remote control. This function called Viera Link makes searching and viewing files easy and straight forward with one remote controller.
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- Good pictures
- Good HD video
- very good 20x zoom clear image at all lenghts
- Good Optics with a Leica Lense
Cons (only minor)
- Be aware of GPS it will use your battery even when the camera is not switch on.
- Battery is charged in the camera via a usb cable, means you can't use the camera with a spare battery while the battery charges (you can buy chargers seperatly see Amazon) this does mean you need less accessories when traveling.
Unlike Sony and Canon the flash is not a pop up one therefore you don't need to worry about your left hand fingers being in the wrong place or affecting the flash in operation.
In conclusion , if you are after a small pocket size camera with good range of zoom and ability to produce excellent images then don't look any further. It is much better equipped then Canon and in my opinion produces better results than the Sony. But go and see it for yourself in flesh and compare it to the others in the market. Good luck!
The menu system has been simplified since I owned a TZ7 and in that respect much improved though one still has to plough through several to alter some of the functions.
The 20x zoom function worked well although the view on the LCD was somewhat better than the printed photo at the longer end of the zoom. Overall, I thought the photo's had slightly more vibrancy (punch) than those of the Sony straight out of the camera. But both have the ability to `turn up' the vibrancy of photo's so I am sure that there's something for everyone in there somewhere :-)
I found the GPS locked on quickly and the information provided was just the ticket for plotting one's whereabouts etc. as it did on the Sony.
Neither camera has wifi straight out of the box so either taking out the sd card card and putting it into a computer or connecting by USB is required to get the photos from one location to another.
I did not think the sweep panorama mode of the Panasonic was quite as refined as that in the Sony although it does allow one to `cover' more ground. Having said that I am sure my camera had a fault so that may have affected this aspect.
Apart from my comment on `punchiness' I did not think there was a great deal between the photo's from either the Sony or Panasonic, except, when enlarged to 100% the Sony photo's suffered to a greater extent from waterfall. However, the Panasonic was not fault free and above ISO 200 I found the pictures got progressively noisier.
Video, as mentioned above I am certain that the `kicking' this camera had received at one point or another had caused a problem and this was with the video side of things. I could not get the camera to focus at any sort of distance when in video mode. The zoom worked and everything appeared to function but it just would not focus. As I know from experience with Panasonic's, I've had three and have an LX3 in front of me as I write, they usually do a more than competent job in this area.
Four stars because I think ISO 200 is a little low to produce the amount of noise I was seeing.
Pros: Excellent zoom. Very light for a camera offering so much manual control. Very good in macro mode.
Cons: no separate battery charger so you can't drop in a new battery and continue filming whilst the exhausted one re-charges. No memory card supplied with the camera, although you'll need one. The manual is on disc - meaning you'll use your own paper and ink cartriges to print out the 200 odd pages if you want a printed manual.
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