• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon D30 advantages over Panasonic ZS45

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel

Panasonic ZS45 advantages over Canon D30

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $299
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.3 vs f/3.9
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    480 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm XP150

Canon D30
Fujifilm XP150
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Newer
  • $272
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Panasonic ZS45
Fujifilm XP150
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $272
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof

Compared to Canon D20

Canon D30
Canon D20
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Newer
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
Panasonic ZS45
Canon D20
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus TG-830

Canon D30
Olympus TG-830
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Slow-motion videos
Panasonic ZS45
Olympus TG-830
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Canon D30
Panasonic ZS25
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Bigger pixels
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS25
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Canon D30
Panasonic ZS35
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Bigger pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS35
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
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