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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ30 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Panasonic announces new long-zoom Lumix digicam
(Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 18:32 EDT)

Consumer electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has today announced a new digital camera model to be sold under its Panasonic brandname.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 digital camera features an eight megapixel imager coupled to a 12x optical zoom lens, in a body styled much like an SLR camera, but utilizing an electronic viewfinder. With the same impressive 35 - 420mm equivalent focal lengths as the DMC-FZ5, but a new lens design and larger, higher-resolution imager, the camera looks set to serve well as a stepping stone towards a future SLR purchase for enthusiasts. The Panasonic Venus Engine II LSI inside the camera promises a fast and responsive experience, with prefocused shutter lag quoted at an impressive 0.01 second. Thanks partly to a new lens design that doesn't have to extended before use, startup time has been reduced to just 0.97 seconds, and the camera also features significantly higher viewfinder and EVF resolution than its predecessors.

Full details can be found in the spec table and press release below. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 will ship this September for $699.95.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ30 digital camera. Courtesy of Panasonic, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type SLR-style
Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Number DMC-FZ30
Dimensions 5.5 x 3.4 x 5.4"
140.8 x 85.5 x 138.1mm
Weight 740.0 g
25.9 oz
Planned Price $699.95
Planned Availability Sep 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
8.32 megapixels (total)
8.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3248 x 2160 (7.0 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 3.0 frames per second for 4 frames
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, 0.44" Color EVF (230K Pixels)
100% field of view
LCD 2.0", 230,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 16.0x max
12x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 7.4 - 88.8mm (actual)
35 - 420mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/3.7 (tele) - f/11.0
Focusing System 1 / 3 / 9 point with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - infinity (5.0 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / Flash / White Set1 / 2, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Range: 0.3 - 7.0m (ISO Auto)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-Portrait, Food, Baby, Soft Skin, Candle, Starry Sky
Digital Zoom 2x / 4x (6.36x when in Extra Optical Zoom mode)
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime Motion JPEG with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, RAW, TIFF, JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary 7.2V 730mAh
Product Bundle
Software LUMIX Simple Viewer, Photo Fun Studio, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, USB Driver
Battery / Charger 1 x proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB SD Memory card
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes

Original Source Press Release:


New DMC-FZ30 Also Has 12x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 20, 2005) - With the new DMC-FZ30, Panasonic thrusts its super zoom category of digital still cameras firmly into the hands of photo enthusiasts with an 8-megapixel, 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm to 420mm) camera. Equipped with both automatic and manual controls that will meet the needs of prosumers and amateurs alike, the DMC-FZ30 incorporates Panasonic’s acclaimed MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, which the company maintains should be a standard in all digital still cameras.

“The DMC-FZ30 answers the call of photography enthusiasts,” says Monica Helmer, national marketing manager for Panasonic’s optical group. “We listened to the consumers. They wanted a high-resolution CCD and a superior lens – and we’ve delivered a camera that will exceed their high exceptions.”

The 12x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens, which has appeared in all of the FZ series cameras from Panasonic, has undergone further development to ensure more superb picture rendering. Along with the CCD size and total effective pixels, the FZ30 also has enhanced and added a host of other features: a manual zoom ring along with a manual focus ring; an easy-to-see, free-moving LCD; and adjustable dials for the aperture and shutter speed controls. Both the LCD and the electronic viewfinder have had their resolution increased by about 180 percent, offering a sharp, clear view.

The FZ30 combines high-speed and high-quality image processing with the Venus Engine II LSI. It boasts quick responsiveness with best-in-class level release time lag of 0.01 seconds. Adopting a non-collapsible lens has substantially reduced start up time from about five seconds to about 0.97 seconds. Autofocus time in 1-point high-speed AF has been reduced to a quarter of the level achieved in Panasonic’s DMC-FZ20 (based on the CIPA standard).

One interesting feature is the FZ30’s Extended Optical Zoom, made possible by using the center part of the 8-megapixel CCD, extends the zoom ratio beyond 12x when the resolution is decreased. For example, when shooting at 5-megapixels, the zoom ratio can be extended to 15.3x, and up to 19.1x when shooting at 3 megapixels.

Two rings on the lens barrel of the FZ30 provide manual control of zoom and focus, allowing quick and fine control that typically can’t be achieved with button controls. Shutter speed and aperture controls area also very easy and quick to adjust with dials. Shutter speed can be set from 1/2000 to 60 seconds and the aperture from F2.8 to F11 to meet a wide range of shooting conditions. The AE lock button, a new control, is convenient for taking multiple shots at the same exposure setting regardless of subject color conditions.

In addition to advanced features are great enhancements to basic functionality. A newly developed lithium-ion battery has increased capacity, allowing for up to 280 images with one charge. There are also 14 scene modes for beginning photographers, including five news modes: Baby, Soft Skin, Food, Starry Sky and Candle. Each scene has its own help screen to describe the affect and advise the photographer on how to get the best shot possible. Auto angle detection recorders when an image is taken horizontally or vertically and displays the file appropriately on the LCD monitor or on a TV or PC, using included software.

“The most demanding and exacting photographer will find the DMC-FZ30 suits all his or her needs,” Helmer says. “The manual controls, the excellent zoom range, and the optical image stabilization provide all the tools necessary for capturing amazing images.”

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 will be available this September for an MSRP of $699.95.


About Panasonic
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, markets a broad line of digital and other consumer electronics products. Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Corporation of North America is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Additional information on Panasonic Corporation of North America is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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