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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-30 Digital Camera Preview
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Wednesday 14th September 2005
Written by Dennis Hissink
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 - Camera
Panasonic DMC FZ30 - The control center on the back of the digital camera
Panasonic were also present at the IFA 2005 event in Berlin. While discussing the new FZ30 flagship Panasonic explained that the digital camera has become serious business for them. And it is for sure that having a look at the actual series of digital cameras some pretty nice innovations and features are integrated. Features that will stir up the so claimed 'elite' of manufacturers to make sure that their market share is not decreasing faster than forecasted. The Panasonic DMC FZ30 is a nice alternative for the entry-level digital SLR camera. Today this category (D-SLR) is gaining a market share, in favor of Canon, and although there is a signed joint development between Panasonic and Olympus to develop D-SLR cameras together; it has to be seen when and if they will become successful in this 'Canon'-market. Around PMA 2006 we may expect more news from Panasonic, who knows if we will preview a complete new generation D-SLR cameras by then...
Panasonic DMC FZ30 - The control center on the back of the digital camera
Optical Image Stabilizer
Macro mode
Panasonic DMC FZ30 Optical Image Stabilizer Panasonic DMC FZ30 Macro mode
Panasonic DMC FZ30 Optical Image Stabilizer Panasonic DMC FZ30 Macro mode
The Panasonic Lumix FZ30 digital camera incorporates a very nice feature that is non-replaceable for anything else, once you have worked with it. The Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) recognizes and compensates jitter. Of course handling such a large zoom will cause more blur when taking pictures with the tele zoom or whenever the shutter speed is slowed down. The FZ30 digital camera provides 3 O.I.S settings: Mode 1, Mode 2 and OFF. I am afraid that the last one will not be used frequently.

Mode 1 lets the O.I.S operate continuously and can assist during photo composition, the mode 2 function activates the O.I.S at the moment the shutter captures the image. This mode is the most effective and offers a great degree of stabilization. Small detail: when you press the MENU button a small demonstration appears. In auto mode and in motion image mode the O.I.S is set to mode 1 and cannot be changed.
On the side of the DMC FZ30 camera, at the barrel of the lens, the macro button is located. The macro mode of the Panasonic FZ30 camera allows you to take close-up pictures of the subject, like taking shots of a flower, etc. It is possible to take photos approaching the subject up to 5cm from the lens by rotating the zoom lever to the wide, rotating the other side towards tele changes the recordable range up to 2 m.

It's highly recommended to use a tripod when recording macro photos. Despite the fact of getting an enormous help from the optical image stabilization (O.I.S) every extra stable situation is a help for sure. Using the internal flash will cause some problems. The actual flash range is about 30cm - 4.5m in wide which will not cover the macro photo correctly. External flash or preferably an extra flash that will be triggered by the internal flash or external flash mounted on the FZ30 will do the job.
MF assist Self-timer Remote shutter
Lumix FZ30 MF assist Lumix DMC FZ30 Self-timer Lumix FZ30 Remote shutter
Lumix FZ30 MF assist Lumix DMC FZ30 Self-timer Lumix FZ30 Remote shutter
When you use the FZ30 camera with manual focus you are able to select the MF assist via the menu of the camera. Selectable are: mode 1, mode 2, off. When activated the MF assistance appears on the center of the screen. Stopping the focus ring makes the MF assistance disappear after 2 sec. Mode 2 enlarges the whole screen during manual focusing. Very handy when you use the wide lens. It's also possible to choose the function OFF, but since it is functional why should you?
In P, A, S, M, SNC1, SCN2 and A mode you can select the self-timer. Of course very easy to operate, aim, press the button halfway to focus and press it fully to take the picture. Between the grip and the lens the self-timer indicator blinks and the shutter is activated after 10 seconds (or 2 seconds). Pressing the MENU button when the self-timer is set, cancels the self-timer. It is possible to use the self-timer in burst mode with a maximum of 3 pictures taken.
Behind a cover on the side of the camera we find an interface that can be used for connecting an optional remote shutter (DMW-RS1). Handy, especially when you are using the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 in a studio environment on a tripod. Connect the remote shutter to the socket on the camera, and the remote works the same as the shutter button on the camera (halfway to focus, fully to take a photo).
Dennis Hissink - LetsGoDigital Online Magazine
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Editor's comment:
"Although based on a pre-production model I find it easy to control the Panasonic FZ30 camera. It has a lot to offer, although I feel as if the Panasonic is meant more for the amateur/hobbyist than for the serious hobbyist. It is just that it feels different compared to the competitor's range of digital cameras in this class. Here and there I am missing some quick buttons for functions that are now only accessible in the menu (e.g. image quality, white balance and ISO, etc.) But for the rest the Panasonic offers a lot of user-friendly features and of course the Optical Image Stabilizer... It's addictive!"
Panasonic FZ30 Conversion lens Panasonic FZ30 Play back pictures
Unfortunately we did not receive the optional Panasonic DMW-LT55 which allows you to record photos zooming in much more (1.7x), the optional Panasonic DMW-LW55 is a wide conversion lens which makes it possible to record photos with wider range of focus than normal (0.7x). You can attach the conversion lens by rotating the lens on top of the front lens. In the menu of the camera you need to set the conversion mode to tele or wide. Tele will give 12x1.7 = 20.4x (714mm with 35mm camera) and wide will give 1x0.7 = 24.5mm (with 35mm). Opening the compartment on the side of the camera an AV-out socket comes available. The supplied cable needs to be connected to the camera and the other end of the AV-cable has to be connected to the video and audio input socket of the TV. Turn the mode dial of the camera to playback mode and you will be able to enjoy your personal photos on a big screen. A feature we have seen for many years now, and certainly a nice feature during your holiday or a reunion.
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