Panasonic Lumix FS30 review

New FS30 offers a sweet blend of image quality and performance

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Test footage shot with the Panasonic Lumix FS30:

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If a manufacturer is going to run the megapixel race, it needs to win the fight for low noise – something which gets harder with more pixels on a tiny sensor.

Like plenty of high-end compact cameras, the FS30 makes plenty of unlikely sounding claims, not least of which is the one implied by the fact you can set its ISO to a maximum expanded setting of 6400.

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That's a full two stops more than many compact cameras are comfortable with, and significantly expands the amount of light you can use to shoot with.

But it's all for nowt if noise isn't controlled, but the FS30 does a fine job.

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Between ISOs 80 and 400 there's no cause for concern – our test images produced good, accurate colour and reproduced plenty of detail.

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It's only at ISO 1600 that things become problematic. The FS30 applied plenty of noise reduction, evidenced by a lack of noise but a marked uptick in the amount of JPEG-style mottling of supposedly-fine detail.

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The images are better than web-only shots, though, as long as you don't try to run off A3 prints. Impressively, its ISO 1600 performance is on a par with the Canon 980IS's.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix FS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.5 mm
Width100 mm
Depth27.8 mm
Product SeriesFS
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FS30
Product NameLumix DMC-FS30 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FS30EB-V
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-FS30 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom Lumix DC Vario lens (35mm camera equivalent: 28-224mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 8x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 14.1-megapixel resolution. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 8x zoom ratio to powerful 16.9x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FS30 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year