Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Review

April 3, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#101 Larry Morgan

I’m by no means a pro or even think I’m!  So, I would like to know why Panasonic or any of the small camera manufacturers haven’t come out with a compact camera with a (view finder) instead of looking at the back of the camera, on a bright day you can’t tell if you have the subject in the camera or not, especially if your zoomed in!  I still have the old DMC-ZS3 waiting for this feature, someday???

8:09 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#102 Kas

I’ve owned three different Lumixs in the last 3 years. I love the camera but each time I’ve had to replace because of dust and insects getting “sucked” into the lens. This appears to be a serious problem with the Lumix - has it been solved?

8:09 pm - Monday, February 18, 2013

#103 Fabio

The dust is not a Lumix problem, it happens with any camera that extends the lens, the movement creates a vacuum that sucks outside air inside the body. Dust collected on tohe surface of th lens body also enters th camera when it’s turned off. I had the TZ30 but didn’t kept it long enough to see the dust but I have Sony and Fuji cameras witn the same problem,
  The solution is to use a Vacuum cleaner to suck the air , there are videos on Youtube that show how to do it, if you are in a reasonably clean room it will solve the problem of dust inside the lens and the much worst dust on the sensor.
  I did that many times with different cameras and it works like a charm.

9:01 pm - Monday, February 18, 2013

#104 Tel

Dislike this camera, too complicated and poor results.

2:43 pm - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

#105 Toondad

Yoco…...your comments render themselves useless given how many things you cram into just 2 lines that are supposedly bad!
What a lot of drivel…..

3:36 am - Sunday, April 14, 2013

#106 Mervyn Wilmington

I have a TZ27 - essentially a TZ30.  Having had a TZ65 for a year or two that produces very good images, I bought the 27 for the long zoom.

I have been very disappointed with it.  The image quality is poor - a smudging effect even at iso 100.  The Z65 is much better.

Is it not true that as Panasonic added more bells and whistles, image quality worsened generally?

9:37 am - Monday, April 22, 2013

#107 Toondad

I’m more than happy with the TZ30 - at 100 ISO it’s especially clear on wide angle landscapes and rich in colour reproduction.

10:12 am - Monday, April 22, 2013

#108 Toondad

Tel…....a bad workman blames his tools - think on!

10:13 am - Monday, April 22, 2013

#109 Mervyn Wilmington

I also have a TZ25.  I don’t that is a good as the ‘old’ T65 in image quality terms, but it might be better than the TZ27/30.

It is bitterly cold with a strong wind today.  When there is a good day, I’ll do a ‘test’ of the three side-by-side.

10:56 am - Monday, April 22, 2013

#110 Canuck

Do you plan on trying the new Canon SX280HS?  I plan on going to Australia this Summer and would like a new travel camera as my Sony T100 is starting to slow down and I don’t want to lug around my Canon SLR T1i.  I am currently stuck between the new SX280HS and the Sony HX30V, I am hoping the new model corrects the problems of the older one, please let me know which one you or anyone else would lean towards and why?  Thanks.

7:54 pm - Friday, April 26, 2013

#111 Horacio de Souza Figueiredo

Do you know a store in Chicago where I can buy a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS30? I am from Brazil but I am planning to be in Chicago on August of this year. Thanks

7:17 pm - Thursday, May 23, 2013

#112 Sam

I just wanted to ask if anyone has the same problem as me with the TZ30. When viewing photos i have taken in playback multiple image mode I find that lots of the images are depicted by an !. This is really frustrating especially when viewing out and about away from the computer.Am I doing something wrong? My previous camera was also a Panasonic Lumix, earlier model, and did exactly the same. We thought it might be the SD card so bought new ones, and different brand, just in case, but still doing it. Please help. Many thanks in advance.

9:39 pm - Monday, August 26, 2013

#113 Ray

I loved the camera for one - 1 - whole year.  Fitted into my pockets and fast to start and zoom in on far objects and motives. Then I got dust inside it and now they will not replace it, but instead charges NOK1280 for dust removing, i.e. $200/ยข190. Madness. I now understand the faulty construction of the camera letting air and thus dust inside when extracting the lens.  But the producer obviously knows that - so why isn’t precautions taken in the production, and why weren’t I warned as a buyer by the seller, the camera box or by a notice on the camera itself?  I have never experienced this on any camera before - and I have had plenty of then since 1958!

5:38 pm - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#114 Nic

I think that those criticizing this camera have expectations beyond compact point and shoot models. I’m an artist and photographer with two high-end DSLRs and a pile of compacts, and the Lumix ZS20/TZ30 is by far my favourite from the point and shoot pile. The Leica lens capabilities for a camera this size (only 1.1 inches thick) are impressive, and it’s a great all-rounder for recce work. For anyone who just wants a great point and shoot camera that’s easy to use (the automatic iA mode requires NO camera expertise), I’d recommend one of these.

7:57 am - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#115 Russell Fowler

I have a bunch of decent SLRs, but never leave home without this camera.  Fits in my pocket yet good enough for game in Africa and streets in Chicago. Brilliant little camera.

8:44 pm - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

#116 Matthew

“You can change the in-camera sharpening level via the Picture Adjust menu option” - I have TZ30 and i cant find it - picture are too soft. Look on TZ10 - the are sharp, here not. Where can i find sharpening level in Tz30?

11:51 am - Thursday, February 13, 2014

#117 Michael

DO NOT BUY THE DMC-ZS19! It is absolute garbage. There is noise everywhere in video, and it’s definitely not actually 1080p. It’s upscaled. I will be opening a class action suite against Panasonic for false advertising in many of it’s camera. HP and Kodak suffered the same fate.

6:18 pm - Saturday, March 1, 2014

#118 Harold

My TZ30 is 13 months old.
When using the zoom I start losing some of the left side of the picture.
Does anyone have any advice ?

8:05 pm - Sunday, August 3, 2014

#119 vilma

I would like to know How eraser all my pictures from the camera, because the memory card is full..
How I can eraser from direct of the camera….??

7:11 pm - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#120 Papoulis Michalis

I have the LUMIX DMC-TZ30 and lately I have an indicator ” system error (zoom) ” so I cannot take any picture.. Can somebody help me to solve the problem?

8:20 am - Sunday, October 19, 2014

#121 Beatrice McConachy

I have the Pan TZ30 model which has just let me down second time with Sensor breakdown.
I had the earlier model and the Sensor was too expensive to repair… so I updated to TZ30 and the same thing has repeated. $400 too expensive for a short term life. No contact from manufacturer, ignored my request for comment.
Follow up support doesn’t exist… no Panasonic cameras for me. very disapointed. Beatrice

5:13 am - Monday, May 9, 2016

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