Small body, big zoom: is Panasonic's TZ30 the best travel zoom on the market? The What Digital Camera TZ30 review takes a look...
Panasonic Lumix TZ30 review: Key Specs:
1. 20x optical zoom; 24-480mm equivalent
2. Power O.I.S. (optical stabilisation)
3. Brand new 14.1MP MOS sensor
4. 3in, 460k-dot touchscreen LCD
5. Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
6. 10fps burst rate (single AF only)
7. ISO 100-3200 sensitivity
8. 1080p HD movie at 50fps
Panasonic Lumix TZ30 review: Features
Without doubt it’s the TZ30’s 20x optical zoom lens that will hold broad appeal. Ranging from a wideangle 24mm and able to extend to a significant 480mm there’s not much that’ll be out of reach: close-up macro work, wideangle group shots, landscapes, mid-zoom portraits, or picking off far and away subjects from the horizon.
Add Panasonic’s updated Power O.I.S. optical stabiliser technology and it’s made easier to hold shots steady at the long end of the zoom for sharper images. However the f/3.3-6.4 equivalent aperture isn’t as bright as some of the competition.
Next up is the brand new 14.1MP MOS sensor at the camera’s heart. Panasonic claims better processing and signal-to-noise ratio will produce superior images throughout the ISO 100-3200 sensitivity.
Elsewhere the TZ30 packs in plenty of features to shout about. Those familiar with the ‘light-speed’ autofocus system of the G-series Compact System Cameras (such as the latest Lumix GX1) will be pleased to hear that it’s made the transition into the latest TZ model. This means the camera can acquire focus in under 0.1seconds (at its wider-angle settings) – far quicker than many other compacts on the market.
A 10 frames per second burst mode, 1080p HD movie using the latest AVCHD encoding, touchscreen control, Global Positioning Satellite technology and a new 3D mode also add to the impressive features list.
There’s not much missing. Well, except that Panasonic has, once again, not included Raw capture. A shame as this was something the TZ20 lacked and we had hoped might make its way into the latest model.