Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

A luxury 14MP travel compact with a 20x Leica lens and GPS

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Overall, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 leaves a good impression. The extensive zoom, excellent optical image stabilisation and spritely autofocus mean it's a responsive and easy to use camera.

The touchscreen won't be to everyone's taste, though, and the fact that you have to flick a small switch to shift from playback to record mode, rather than simply dabbing the shutter release, means that there can be a frustrating lag between reviewing shots and taking them.

We liked

The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 offers a flexible zoom range and extensive range of creative options in a compact body.

We disliked

When it comes to dealing with noise, the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is still left a little wanting. Weak battery life and lack of raw capture are disappointing, too.

Final verdict

The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is quite an expensive camera, although when you take into account the raft of functions it starts to appear good value.

Features are one thing, though - image quality is quite another. Although the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is capable of capturing good pictures, we don't feel the camera's images match the high levels of performance it delivers elsewhere.

That said, it's a great all-rounder that gives you a versatile optical zoom, 1080p HD video capture and GPS in a robust body. Few compacts include such an efficient autofocus system, too. While it's a step up from the TZ20 in terms of performance and picture quality, it's possibly not a significant enough one to rush into upgrading.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG, AVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)184 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.33"
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth28.2 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ30
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ30 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ30EBR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Super Zoom Camera TZ30 - Featuring 20x Optical Zoom, 50p Full HD Video Recording and Built-in GPS Function

The DMC-TZ30 incorporates a 20x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm), featuring Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes ghosts and flaring. The new lens system makes the unit's overall length short to fit in the compact body despite its versatile zoom range. The 20x optical zoom increases its power to 40x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

The 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor boasts high speed signal output and high sensitivity image recording for making many advanced features possible. This enables the camera to record 10 fps in full resolution, and full HD video. The excellent S/N ratio of MOS sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine makes both photos and videos shot at any sensitivity level from low to high with outstanding clearness. The DMC-TZ30 also boasts approx. 0.1 sec Light Speed AF that helps catching even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ30 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • DVD (Map Included)
Limited Warranty1 Year