Panasonic DMC-LZ30 with 12x optical zoom

Panasonic has announced the latest addition to its mega-zoom line-up; the DMC-FZ30 incorporates an 8MP CCD and an optical image stabiliser.

Panasonic has announced the latest addition to its mega-zoom line-up; the DMC-FZ30 incorporates an 8MP CCD and an optical image stabiliser. The FZ30 follows the DMC-FZ20 that was released last year. Its newly developed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens has a focal length equivalent to 35-420mm, which can be controlled using a zooming ring, located on the lens barrel together with a focus ring. A new feature is the Extra Optical Zoom that extends the zoom range, enabling 5MP images to reach a 15.3x optical zoom capability, increasing to 19.1x for 3MP pictures, by utilising the centre of the CCD. Featuring two modes, the Mega OIS (optical image stabiliser) helps minimise the effects of camera shake, enabling a shutter speed three stops lower to be utilised. Panasonic claims a best in class 0.01 sec shutter release lag and a dramatic reduction in the start-up time from 5-sec to 0.97sec since the FZ20. This is thanks to the LSI Venus Engine II processor, which is also designed to rectify the effects of chromatic aberration and help produce clearly detailed results. Images can be composed and previewed on the free angle 2-inch TFT LCD and 235,000 electronic viewfinder, of which the resolution has improved 180% in comparison to the DMC-FZ20. Exposure modes on the FZ30 are Program AE, Automatic, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and 14 scene modes. New features include an AE lock button and 1-point high-speed auto focus, which reduces the AF time to a quarter of the level of the FZ20. A newly developed CCD enables the FZ30 to capture 30fps VGA movies with increased brightness. The DMC-FZ30 will be available in September for 549.99. Panasonic has also developed a new conversion lens expanding the focal length to 24.5mm at wide angle and 714mm at telephoto. Find out more at or by calling 08705 357357. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 specifications Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx.140.75 x 85.5 x 138.1 mm ( 5.54 x 3.37 x 5.44 inch) Weight: Approx. 674 g. (1.49lb) Approx. 740 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.63lb) Camera Effective Pixels: 8.0 Megapixels Image Sensor: 1/1.8", 8.32 Mega Total Pixels CCD Primary Color Filter Optical Zoom: 12 x Extra Optical Zoom: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 15.3x for 5Mega, 19.1x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 1Mega, 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 15.3x for 4.5Mega, 19.1x for 2.5Mega, 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 19.1x for 2Mega Digital Zoom: 2x / 4 x pre-select ( Max. 48 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 76.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom) Focal Distance: f=7.4-88.8mm (35mm Equiv.: 35-420mm) Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 14 elements in 10 groups(3 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces, 1 ED Lens) Aperture: Wide: F2.8 F11 Tele:F3.7 F11 Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2) Conversion lens Compatibility: Yes Focusing Area: Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm infinity, Macro: Wide 5cm/Tele 200cm - infinity AF Metering: 1 point/1 point high speed/3 points high speed/9 points/Spot, Selectable focus area on 1point/1point high speed Focus AF, AF Macro, MF switchable, Continuous AF ON/OFF, Manual Focus (Ring), One-Shot AF AF Assist Lamp: Yes ISO Sensitivity: Auto/80/100/200/400 White Balance: Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Flash/White Set1/2 White Balance Adjustment ( 150K step, -1500 - +1500 K) (except for auto WB) Exposure: Auto / Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (P mode) Exposure button Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV Backlight Compensation: Yes (at auto mode) Auto (AE) Bracketing: +/- 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot Scene Mode Dial: Auto, P(Program) mode, A(AperturePriority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) mode, SCN1, SCN2 (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-Portrait, Food, Baby, Soft Skin, Candle, Starry Sky), Moving-image, Playback Shutter Speed: Program AE / Aperture Priority AE/ Shutter Priority AE : 8 - 1/2000sec, Manual : 60 - 1/2000 sec Self Timer: 10 sec / 2sec Auto Review: 1sec/3sec/zoom Review: 1x / 4x / 8x Contrast: Low, Standard, High Picture Adjustment: Sharpness : Low, Standard, High, Saturation : Low, Standard, High Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High Color Effect Mode: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia Recording Format: Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding, Picture with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif2.2 standard)+ QuickTime Motion images: QuickTime Motion JPEG Recording Image Size: Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3264 x 2448 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 1280 x 960 pixels, 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3248 x 2160 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3072 x 1728 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Motion Image 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixles, 320 x 240 pixels Image Quality: RAW / TIFF / Fine / Standard Motion Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps, Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity Burst Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec Full-resolution: Max. 9 images (Standard mode), Max 5 images (Fine Mode) Unlimited consecutive shooting: Yes Still Image Rec. with Audio: 5 sec Audio Dubbing: Max. 10sec Real-time histogram: Yes Composition Guide line: Yes Scene Mode Help Screen: Yes Auto Angle Detection: Yes Flip Animation: Yes Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off Flash output Adjustment: (1/3EV step, -2 - +2 EV) 0.3 - 7.0m (ISO Auto) External Flash: Hot Shoe Viewfinder: 0.44" Color EVF (235K Pixels), Field of View : approx. 100% LCD Monitor: 2.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (235 K Pixels) Field of View: approx. 100% Playback mode: 25-thumbnail display, 16-thumbnail display, 9-thumbnail display, Zoomed playback (16x max.), Image Rotation (except for RAW), Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), trimming, protection, DPOF print setting OSD language: Japanese,English,German,French,Italian,Spanish Recording Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard Microphone: Yes Speaker: Yes Interface: DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB Direct Print PictBridge Power: Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 730mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional) Battery life (approx.): 280 pictures (CIPA Standard) / 300 pictures (with EVF) Included Software: LUMIX Simple Viewer, Photo Fun Studio, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker USB Driver: Standard Accessories, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, SD Memory Card (32 MB), Lens Cap, Lens Hood, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

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