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Value & Verdict
Panasonic Lumix TZ30 review – Value
We’ve seen a spate of pricey cameras hitting the shelves in recent months. The TZ30 carries the same SRP as its predecessor, at £349, though pre-orders are available at £329 at a variety of online stores.
Considering how much kit is crammed into the camera we think that’s very reasonable value for money. It’s not a budget compact by any means, but for those seeking the latest features it’s a measured price for a great piece of kit.
Panasonic Lumix TZ30 review – Verdict
The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a serious advance to the TZ-series and delivers in every area. If you’re after a pocketable, powerful and easy to use compact camera then the TZ30 is up there with the very best.
Although image quality isn’t going to see off a larger-sensor competitor, and there’s still no Raw capture, this consumer-targeted compact does show improvement compared to the TZ20 model of last year and has plenty of other positives to outweigh these small downsides.
The significant zoom range, super-fast autofocus, fantastic image stabilisation and a touchscreen that adds genuine appeal all help the camera to sell itself. Price-wise it’s far from budget, but at £329 it’s better value than the previous TZ20 release.
This is one capable compact and a serious alternative to far bulkier superzoom models. An out and out winner.