Review posted for Panasonic Lumix FZ30|
(Friday, January 20, 2006 - 15:12 EST)
With a sharp, image-stabilized 12x Leica zoom lens, 8-megapixel CCD, and solid performance, the Panasonic FZ30 is a commanding presence at the high end of the all-in-one digital camera market.
It may not quite match SLRs for shooting speed or high-ISO performance, its optical excellence would cost literally thousands of dollars to match with an SLR body and separate lenses. Image quality overall is very good, with excellent resolution and sharpness and bright, saturated but hue-accurate color.
With a full range of exposure control modes, including a full manual setting and no less than 14 preset "Scene" modes, the DMC-FZ30 is an approachable camera for both novices and more experienced users alike.
Bottom line, the Panasonic Lumix FZ30 is a very strong player at the upper end of the all-in-one digital camera field, and represents an excellent bargain for anyone interested in a long zoom range, optical stabilization, high resolution, and responsive performance. We'd like to see less image noise at higher ISOs, but the FZ30 was a virtual shoo-in for a Dave's Pick. Read our full Panasonic FZ30 review for all the details!