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The 12x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens, which has appeared in all of the FZ series cameras from Panasonic, has undergone further development to ensure more superb picture rendering. Along with the CCD size and total effective pixels, the FZ30 also has enhanced and added a host of other features: a manual zoom ring along with a manual focus ring; an easy-to-see, free-moving LCD; and adjustable dials for the aperture and shutter speed controls. Both the LCD and the electronic viewfinder have had their resolution increased by about 180 percent, offering a sharp, clear view.
The FZ30 combines high-speed and high-quality image processing with the Venus Engine II LSI. It boasts quick responsiveness with best-in-class level release time lag of 0.01 seconds. Adopting a non-collapsible lens has substantially reduced start up time from about five seconds to about 0.97 seconds. Autofocus time in 1-point high-speed AF has been reduced to a quarter of the level achieved in Panasonic's previous model
In addition to advanced features are great enhancements to basic functionality. A newly developed lithium-ion battery has increased capacity. There are also 14 scene modes for beginning photographers, including five news modes: Baby, Soft Skin, Food, Starry Sky and Candle. Each scene has its own help screen to describe the affect and advise the photographer on how to get the best shot possible. Auto angle detection recorders when an image is taken horizontally or vertically and displays the file appropriately on the LCD monitor or on a TV or PC, using included software.
New Leica DC Lens with 12x Zoom
An 8-megapixel lens has now joined the FZ series of 12x zoom lenses with MEGA O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer). The Extended Optical Zoom function further increases zooming power to 19.1x** while suppressing image degradation.
**At 3-megapixel resolution.
Advanced MEGA O.I.S.
Now you can capture clear, sharp photos even when zooming or in dim lighting. LUMIX's popular MEGA O.I.S. suppresses the effects of hand-shake, so you get less blurring and more beauty.
Venus Engine II LSI
With its high resolution, this LSI helps deliver the full potential of the high-definition CCD. You get stunning images with exceptional detail.
Full Manual Operation
This new design incorporates a zoom ring, focus ring, and aperture/shutter speed command dial. Advanced manual operation lets you take photos exactly as you envision them, by putting the full performance of this powerful camera to work for you.
A Variety of Controls
The pixel count has been increased in both the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder. The Free-angle LCD Monitor lets you adjust the angle for a more comfortable shooting stance.
Mode Dial/Scene Mode
The mode dial makes it easy to take beautiful shots in almost any situation. Candle Light, Starry Sky, Baby, Soft Skin, and Food modes have also been added to give you a choice of 14 modes in all.
More Shooting Fun
Enjoy features that only a digital camera can offer, such as viewing beautiful VGA (640 x 480-pixel) moving pictures on a large TV screen. You will also discover many other ways to explore the fun and creativity of photography.
Total Megapixel: 8.32
Effective Pixels: 8.0 Megapixels
CCD (Image Sensor): 1/1.8"
Image Processor: Venus Engine II LSI Primary Color Filter
Recording Image Size: (Pixels )
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080
Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
640 x 480, 320 x 240
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 14 Elements in 10 Groups (3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces, 1 ED Lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Optical Zoom: 12x
Extra Optical Zoom:
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 15.3x for 5 Mega, 19.1x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 15.3x for 4.5 Mega, 19.1x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 19.1x for 2 Mega
Digital Zoom: 2x / 4x pre-select
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 76.5x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
Combined Total Zoom: 48x
Aperture: Wide: F2.8 - F11; Tele: F3.7 - F11
Focal Length: f=7.4-88.8mm (35mm equivalent: 35-420mm)
Normal: Wide 30cm / Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro: Wide 5cm / Tele 200cm - infinity
Manual Focus (Ring)
Continuous AF On/Off
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
(Selectable focus area on 1 point/1 point high speed)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto WB)
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Program Shift (P mode)
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, +/- 2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (at auto mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE): +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Dial: Auto, Program Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Manual Mode, SCN1, SCN2:(Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle),Moving Image, Playback
8 - 1/2000 sec.: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
60 - 1/2000 sec.: Manual
Self Timer: 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Auto Review: 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Picture Adjustment: Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Color Effect Mode: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Image Quality: RAW/TIFF/Fine/Standard
Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG):
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels) 2(640 x 480 pixels)
Mega Burst Shooting Mode: (Full-resolution image)
Standard Mode: Up to 9 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 5 images
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Yes
Still Image Recording with Audio: 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing: Maximum of 10 Seconds
Built-in Flash Mode:
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
0.3 - 7.0m (ISO Auto)
External Flash: Hot Shoe
LCD Monitor: 2.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (235k pixels) Field of view: approx. 100%
Viewfinder: 0.44" diagonal Color EVF (235k pixels) Field of view: approx. 100%
25, 16 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Recording Media: SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card
Interface: DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB
Included: Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 730 mAh)
Optional: Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)
Up to 280 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Up to 300 pictures with EVF
Included ArcSoft Software:
ArcSoft Panorama Maker
Lumix Simple Viewer
Photo Fun Studio
OSD Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French
Dimensions: 3.37'' (H) x 5.54'' (W) x 5.44'' (D)
Weight: 1.63 lbs
AF Assist Lamp
Composition Guide Lines
Scene Mode Help Screen
Auto Angle Detection
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
Direct Print: PictBridge
Conversion Lens Compatibility
manufacturer Warranty: One year