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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Massive zoom range
  • Extensive features
  • Decent touchscreen
  • Build quality

Against

  • No raw capture
  • Battery life
  • Noise suppression at mid to high ISOs

Noise and dynamic range

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic TZ-30 review: JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Panasonic TZ-30 have a lower signal to noise ratio than the Fujifilm F600 EXR and Olympus SP-620 UZ at the lower end of the sensitivity scale. At the top end of the sensitivity scale the TZ-30 shows good noise performance for low light conditions producing similar results to the Samsung WB750.

Dynamic range

Panasonic TZ-30 review: JPEG dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Panasonic TZ-30 is capable of capturing a good tonal gradation in the shadows and highlights across the sensitivity range, out-performing all but the Samsung WB750.

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
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
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
Flash Memory Capacity12 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate220 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution15.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.9 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth28.2 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ30
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ30 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
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.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ30 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • DVD (Map Included)
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker