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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Price: £125.42
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Review - The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a bridge camera with 35x optical zoom, Daniel Bell reviews.

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Panasonic Lumix Dmc Lz30 3

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 was launched in January 2013 and is a mid-range ultra-zoom bridge camera, with 35x optical zoom lens, manual controls, optical image stabilisation and it uses AA batteries. It is available for £149.00.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Features

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 35x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-875mm. To help reduce blur and help you take the sharpest pictures possible there is optical image stabilisation.

To make picture taking as easy as possible there is iA (Intelligent Auto), where the camera will change the settings automatically for the detected scene. There are a number of other modes including the option to use full manual controls where you can change both the aperture and shutter speed. You'll also find a number of scene modes and also a panorama mode. You can make your pictures unique by using Creative Control and Creative Retouch where you're able to add a filter with before or after shooting.

Videos are recorded in 720p HD.

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Key Features

  • 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 35x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-875mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch 460K LCD screen
  • Manual controls
  • Creative control with 10 effects
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1cm minimum focusing distance
  • Panorama shot
  • 1 fps continuous shooting
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Handling

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 looks and feels like a small DSLR, it has a plastic body, with a rubberised hand grip and square on the rear where your thumb rests. It's not small enough to carry in your pocket so a small camera bag may be required for carrying it around. There is a 3 inch screen with a decent 460k dot resolution, which is bright and easy to see in all light.

The flash is popped up by pressing a button on the side of the camera. On top of the camera is a mode dial, zoom rocker and shutter release as well as movie record and on / off buttons. On the rear are exposure, playback, display and delete buttons and a d-pad for cycling through the menus. You also have quick access to exposure compensation, self-timer, flash and macro mode. The exposure button allows you to set the aperture and shutter speed when in manual mode.

The menu system is easy to use - there is big text with a sentence to explain what each option does. To quickly change the picture settings for the mode you're in, the delete button also gives access to the q. menu. From here you can change options such as image size, ISO, white balance and more.

Battery life is rated at an excellent 380 shots according to CIPA test results We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response   0.175 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.5 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   1.15 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   1.9 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   3.4 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   6.0 secs
Continuous Shooting - Burst   0.9 fps
Continuous Shooting - Hi Speed Burst   2.0 fps

Burst mode records in full resolution, whereas Hi Speed Burst is limited to 3 megapixels.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/3.5 | 9.9 mm | ISO 100

Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/3.5 | 9.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Landscape | 1/200 sec | f/7.7 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100

Landscape | 1/200 sec | f/7.7 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Low Light | 0.5 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 100

Low Light | 0.5 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Trees | 1/60 sec | f/3.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 200

Trees | 1/60 sec | f/3.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


Sample Photos - The LZ30 is capable of well exposed images with decent colour reproduction. When shooting portraits skin tones are pleasant enough with no red-eye when using the flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/7.7 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100

Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/7.7 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Some Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/10.4 | 26.5 mm | ISO 100

Some Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/10.4 | 26.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/800 sec | f/5.9 | 157.5 mm | ISO 100

Full Optical Zoom | 1/800 sec | f/5.9 | 157.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100

Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Lens Performance - Detail is good in the centre of the images, but are softer in the corners. Detail is poor in the shadows and there is purple fringing in contrasting areas of the images. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm which allows for a decent macro shot.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 ISO test images

1/15 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 100

1/15 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/30 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200

1/30 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/60 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 400

1/60 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/125 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 800

1/125 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/250 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 1600

1/250 sec | f/3.7 | 12.8 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 with small increases at ISO 200 and 400, with images remaining sharp. At ISO 800 images become soft in places with noise causing images to become very soft at ISO 1600 with detail lost in places. You can shoot up to ISO 6400 using high sensitivity mode but the maximum image size possible is just 3 megapixels.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent lighitng | 1/25 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - incandescent lighitng | 1/25 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.1 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


White Balance Performance - The Auto White Balance (AWB) excels under both the incandescent and fluorescent lights. The incandescent preset also performs well, there isn't a fluorescent preset on the LZ30.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Digital filters

Colour Mode - Standard | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100

Colour Mode - Standard | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour Mode - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100

Colour Mode - Black And White | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour Mode - Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100

Colour Mode - Sepia | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Colour Mode - Vivid | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100

Colour Mode - Vivid | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Creative Control - Cross Process | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Cross Process | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - Dynamic Monochrome | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Dynamic Monochrome | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - Expressive | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Expressive | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - High Dynamic | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - High Dynamic | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - High Key | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 800

Creative Control - High Key | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Creative Control - Impressive Art | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Impressive Art | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - Low Key | 1/80 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Low Key | 1/80 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - One Point Colour | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - One Point Colour | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - Retro | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Retro | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Creative Control - Sepia | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400

Creative Control - Sepia | 1/25 sec | f/3.9 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res


Digital Filters - There are a number of colour modes and creative options to help take unique and creative pictures, there are a number of examples above.

Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is decent, you can't use the optical zoom during recording though.



Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is available for around £155, making it quite cheap for a camera with this amount of optical zoom. Other options are the Pentax X-5 with 26x zoom at £164.99, Fujfilm FinePix S4800 with 30x zoom at £139.00 and Sony CyberShot H200 with 26x zoom at £147.83. If you have a bigger budget, you can get the Canon PowerShot SX50 at £349.00 and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 at £269.95 which both have 50x optical zoom, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 which has 60x optical zoom at £369.00.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is an excellent camera if you want lots of optical zoom, yet have a limited budget. You can shoot close-up objects with a 1cm minimum focusing distance, or zoom right in to distant objects. Photographers of all levels will find the camera easy to use - there's iAuto mode, scene modes and manual controls for more creative control. If you're going to be shooting moving objects you might find the focusing speed a little frustrating, but there is optical image stabilisation to help keep images sharp. The battery life is excellent, you can get around 380 shots from 4 AA batteries.


 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Pros

Excellent value for money
Decent screen resolution
Optical image stabilisation
Manual controls
Rubberised grip
Excellent battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Cons

No viewfinder
Focusing is slow
Continuous shooting isn't particularly fast
Panoramas aren't stitched well enough

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperture f/3 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent 25mm - 875mm
Optical Zoom 35x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 460k
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Zoom macro
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 1fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS 30fps
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video No Data
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type AA
CIPA Rating 380
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 465g
Width 123.8mm
Height 83.7mm
Depth 91.4mm

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Comments

kruns
kruns 
13 Sep 2013 - 4:41 PM

Learn how to shoot in M (Manual) mode
http://flashmee.blogspot.in/2013/09/how-to-use-m-mode.html

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30 Oct 2013 - 10:03 PM

I've just purchased an LZ30. Initial reaction is positive, except for no-zoom when filming video Sad. What on earth were the designers thinking? I have a tripod for stability, and want to focus on wildlife (mainly), which doesn't usually wait around while video is switched off, lens zoomed (in hope), then video back on again. Live zoom is essential.

For Daniel Bell - box contents include camera, 4 x AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, AV cable, shoulder strap, lens cap and string; and CD-ROM of manual.

revo2wheels
11 Dec 2013 - 9:48 AM

now £89 at Amazon. A no brainer? Smile

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