Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Compact Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Compact Digital Camera is a multitalented, high-quality picture taking device with a optical 20x zoom lens, Wi-Fi connectivity, manual exposure control, with touch-control LCD monitor. Its 18.1 megapixel MOS image sensor and the new Venus Engine imaging processor deliver low-noise pictures, fast performance and accurate colors along with its optical 20x zoom lens adjusts from an ultra wide-angle thru super-telephoto for a wide array of shooting situations.

This DC Vario-Elmar Leica lens provides a 24-480mm equivalent 35mm focal length with a maximum f/3.3 aperture at its wide-angle range. This aperture is fast enough to acquire low light activities and the Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer can make adjustments for any camera shake to deliver clear pictires and movies when photographing at the telephoto ends that this lens provides. If you require stretching a bit further, then use the Intelligent 4ox Digital Zoom feature. Extra-low Dispersion and Aspherical lens elements along with Nano Surface Coatings diminish flaring and aberrations for sharply rendered pictures.

Full 1080p HD video recording and on-board stereo sound and a dedicated single-touch button will instantly take you from shooting photos to capturing video. You can also capture still images at the same time as recording a video and not cut the video. Both fast and slow-motion video along with multiple lower resolution video recording is also available and its 5-Axis Correction diminishes blurring throughout the total shooting range. A 3.0 inch Touch-control 920k-dot LCD monitor is included for composition, review and playback. Autofocus, shutter, zoom and playback can be controlled with simple gestures to the touch-screen monitor. Additionally It contains an auto level indicator letting you keep your photos parallel.

There is also on-board Wi-Fi. Download the Panasonic Image Application to your tablet, Android or iOS smart phone to wirelessly send your images to your device to instantly share and store. Also, the App lets you use your wireless device as an external remote for photographing and playing back pictures and HD video. Near Field Communication (NFC) lets you connect your camera to your phone with a simple touch while sharing images on a friend's smart phone becomes just as simple. Direct uploading to social networking websites, auto transfer along with wireless playback on a TV are all available using the Image App.

The camera also comes with on-board GPS featuring geo-tagging, compass and mapping functions. The ZS30 can deliver full resolution burst images of 10 fps and the Intelligent Auto mode lets the camera select the optimal adjustments letting you go about composing and shooting. If you like your settings even more specific, there are 18 unique photo Scene Modes, like Sunset , Panorama, or Night Portrait, provide predefined settings which correspond to the composition you are capturing. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is available to acquire balancing of photos of scenes containing both bright areas and dark shadows. Four image aspect ratios with multiple resolutions are provided (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, while a square-shape 1:1) along with manual control of exposure is provided letting you fine-tune shutter speed and aperture to acquire images just the way your mind sees them.

For expressive photography, Creative Retouch and Creative Control let you to add up to 14 artistic effects either before or subsequent to you pressing the shutter, for instance One Point Color, Toy Effect, Retro look or Creative Panorama provide these same effects for panorama images while Creative Control is available using video mode also.

The ZS30 can be powered up by both a standard AC adapter and with the USB port, letting you use your computer as a way to recharge your camera. Also included is PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.0 photo management software.  Jan 8, 2013 ✓

Body type SLR-like (bridge)  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480  
Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.4 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format Unknown  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 875 mm  
Optical zoom 35  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39)  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.0 - F5.9  
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 4.4 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro  
Continuous drive Yes (1)  
Self-timer Yes (2 0r 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV  
Videography features
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 100 MB Internal  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Battery AA  
Battery description 4 x AA Alkaline/Ni-MH batteries  
Battery Life (CIPA) 380  
Weight (inc. batteries) 552 g (1.22 lb / 19.47 oz)  
Dimensions 124 x 84 x 92 mm (4.88 x 3.31 x 3.62)  
Other features
GPS None


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