Panasonic Lumix FS30 review

New FS30 offers a sweet blend of image quality and performance

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DMC FS30 review

A camera has to be good to convince anyone to part with nearly two hundred notes these days, particularly when you consider that increasing your budget by around £150 will get you a basic DSLR.

There's strong competition – the Canon 120IS is a beautifully designed compact, with arguably better looks and build quality for only around £20 more. But the FS30 has an impressively long lens and, of course, looks aren't everything.

We liked:

The FS30 takes good pictures at almost all its main ISO settings, and is fast to boot.

With zero shutter lag to speak of, getting the shot you want is simple and reliable.

There's also plenty to like about the video mode, which provides crisp details and smooth motion. The FS30 may not have a single knock-out feature, but it doesn't do much wrong.

We disliked:

A better TFT would be ideal – either larger or brighter. The 160g weight can also make the FS30 feel a little welterweight for our liking, although happily this doesn't have much of an impact on the sharpness of your shots thanks to the capable image stabiliser.


The FS30 did well under challenging test conditions – below ISO 800 its images are excellent, and even a stop beyond it's possible to get usable shots as long as you exercise care.

It also ticks all the important feature boxes – optical stabilisation, a decent video mode and good build quality all conspire to make the FS30 a camera few would feel disappointed by.

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