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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 Digital Camera Review

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ePHOTOzine tester, Matt Grayson reviews the slinky Panasonic Lumix FS30 digital compact camera.
Pushing the envelope on the smaller compacts, Panasonic have unveiled the FS30 which boasts an 8x optical zoom and 14.1Mp resolution crammed into a slinky metal body. Priced at £174, the camera seems very competitive in the market with 14Mp, 8x optical zoom and intelligent automatic systems. But what have Panasonic done to keep the price so low? The absence of a Leica endorsed lens which is usually fitted to a Panasonic compact is a clue.

Panasonic Lumix FS30: Features It's a sexy little camera that will appeal to anyone looking for a camera small enough to fit into a pocket or purse on a night out and that's a great thing about the FS30: it's not limited to just men or women buying it. It looks good to everyone and I certainly had no issues with whipping it out and grabbing a snap of the kids.

The wide-angle lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm which isn't the widest available but will cover most things you need. In fact, I found that for most shots, I had to zoom in to get a decent composure. Thankfully the 8x optical zoom is fast and responsive so I had no problems in getting the shot I needed.

The back of the camera is simply laid out and it is easy to operate despite the small buttons. The top-plate is simple too with only the shutter release, zoom rocker, power switch and dedicated iA button.
The lens isn't a Leica model, but a Panasonic version. An 8x optical zoom is crammed into the thin body.
The camera layout is simple and adheres to the traditional Panasonic style of a large screen to the left of the body with small command buttons on the right. A small switch to flick between shooting and playback is located in the top right corner which has its pros and cons. The benefit is that you can look at images taken without having the lens stuck out by powering the camera up while it's switched to the green arrow. The downside for me is that I kept forgetting this and tried to take pictures while my last shot glared out at me.
 Above left & above: The wide-angle end lets you get plenty of the scene in the frame, while the 8x optical zoom can pick out areas of interest.

Left: Diverse lighting is handled well and the camera shows a good dynamic range.

On top of the camera is a small button with a red icon and at first glance I thought this was a dedicated video button just like the one found on the Panasonic Gh2 Micro FourThirds camera. It is, in fact, the iA button which essentially switches everything into simple mode so you don't have to think about taking pictures at all. Perfect for a night out, but you may wish to retain control for more important pictures.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 is one of the first Panasonic compacts to come out with SDXC compatibility. This means that the camera will have a theoretical storage capacity of up to 2Tb (2048Gb) when the cards become more readily available.

Panasonic Lumix FS30: Handling The FS30 is a really easy camera to use. In most situations I could simply switch it on and let the camera control exposures. It does this well and I'm surprised how well it controls problem areas such as noise which is a blight to small sensors with high resolution.

The typical Q-menu is present giving quick access to your most used features while the mode button will switch between your shooting modes such as standard shooting or a particular scene mode you'd like to use.

It's a well constructed little camera and feels solid and despite having quite large hands, I have no trouble operating the relatively small controls of the FS30.

Panasonic Lumix FS30: PerformanceExposure The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 is only a basic camera aimed at users who are unlikely to have an interest in controlling exposure, instead allowing the camera to handle everything.

To this end, the FS30 doesn't have any over-riding metering functions it simply incorporates a multi-zone metering system that will cope with most situations. In diverse lighting it does quite well managing to retain detail in shadow areas as well as prevent highlights from being blown out.

I found that if I photographed a backlit item, the subject would underexpose slightly but I'm happy with the fact that it certainly tried its hardest to retain detail and did do to an extent.

Focusing Luckily, Panasonic have allowed some extra options in the focusing section and as well as the multi-target mode which uses nine points in the frame to select the subject from, you can also choose face detection or one point in the centre of the frame. The focusing options are found in the Q-menu but if you want to focus closer, you need to select the macro modes on the navigation pad on the back of the camera. There are two macro modes, one which allows the use of optical zoom and one that doesn't. The latter incorporates the digital zoom to crop into the image in case the close focusing distance isn't good enough. It's a useful feature but will degrade the quality of the image the more you zoom in.

The entire focusing system has been upgraded for the new batch of compacts and now boasts a system called Sonic Speed AF. Panasonic say that the new system focuses in 0.35sec because of a new high speed actuator, parallel software processing and optimisation of the algorithms.

What does this mean in realistic terms? Well, the Panasonic tests will have been done in a laboratory under strict clinical conditions so they might not be relevant in the real world. However, the zoom system does seem more responsive and quicker to lock. Focusing and taking a shot takes around 0.450sec. A different compact I tested took 0.499sec which doesn't sound like a lot, but it could be the difference between getting the shot or not. It's also nice to see the companies investing in a feature other than resolution or gimmicks.

Noise As with any camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 works well at low ISO, producing beautiful smooth images whether in natural or artificial light. The way the noise attacks the images on the FS30 is a way I'm unfamiliar with. There's no gradual degradation of the image, no breaking down of sharp, steady lines. Instead, green and purple colour starts to invade the image in the low key areas. It's subtle but when the images get up to the higher ISOs of ISO800 and ISO1600, the whole frame is awash with a green colour cast.

The same happens regardless of whether you're in controlled or natural light and in a way I like the way it hides the usual sharpening of noise but unfortunately, it lets in the coloured noise that lets the photo down. There's no noise reduction options on the FS30 so it's all automatic and mostly it does a decent job but at around ISO800, the drop in quality is significant as though the walls of a castle have been breached and the marauding invaders are swarming inside.Colour reproduction I love the way that the Panasonic handles primary colours. It appears to favour cooler tones over warmer ones with primary blue, pale blue, turquoise and aqua all benefiting from a boost whenever they're in the shot. While warm tones such as reds, oranges and yellows do look nicely saturated, they appear modest by comparison. I like the richness of the earth colours such as browns and greens and tricky colours, such as purples are recorded relatively faithfully. I think there's room for improvement on the darker purple tones, but the lighter ones always come out well. Subtle tones look acceptable, but I think they're a little too pale for my tastes.

In the light of day and skies are recorded really well, even with a contrasting colour in the frame. Foliage looks good and mono tones are nicely balanced.

   
Colours are punchy thanks to the Venus Engine processor. Blue skies look realistic and the camera handles contrasting colours well.
Above: Browns and greens come out rich and smooth and true to life.

Right: realistic colours are produced with pale or pastel tones.

White-balance Daylight casts such as the natural blue hint of shade or the warmth of the sun are handled effectively even in the auto mode. I'm always surprised at how compacts react in stronger artificial light though. The FS30 does what all other compacts seem to do and gives a better result in auto white-balance when shooting in tungsten. This strong light source gives off an orange tone and the auto setting seems to give a better reaction to it than the preset. Still, the preset is set at that level with no room for change whereas the auto setting will adapt to its surroundings and scenario.
Fluorescent  
Auto white-balance in fluorescent lighting. There's no preset fluorescent mode on the Panasonic FS30.
Tungsten  
Auto white-balance in tungsten lighting works well. The preset tungsten mode isn't as effective as auto.
There's no fluorescent mode on the Panasonic Lumix FS30 which is a little odd but again the auto setting appears to work quite well without it anyway. There's a slight yellow tint on the image in auto and if you have time, it's always best to do a manual reading of the light source you're shooting simply by selecting the manual mode and aiming the camera at a white source such as a piece of paper.

Buffer read/write times The Panasonic has two types of continuous shooting, the unlimited shooting is found in the main menu and runs at 1.5fps which is ok for a compact. The high-speed burst mode in the scenes will shoot at a much more impressive 4.6fps but the resolution is sacrificed and in this mode, it will drop to 3Mp.

In my tests, I only got 1.1fps from the camera in the continuous mode and in the burst mode I got 46 images in ten seconds which does equate to 4.6fps which is what's stated.

Battery I tested the camera over several weeks and took around 300 – 400 images. By the end of the test, the camera was down to its last bar. Not a bad performance from such a small cell. It's a rechargeable lithium-ion type CGA-S/106C. They're not available at the moment to buy extra but they should retail for around £25-30 if the other Panasonic batteries are anything to go by.

Panasonic Lumix FS30: Verdict The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 costs £165 if you get it in silver, red or blue but expect to pay £175 for the black model.

For that price, I'm not expecting a revolutionary camera that will blow me away with an immense performance and market leading features. However, for the money, I'm really impressed with what it does. I like the colours it records and it handles really well apart from trying to use it too soon after start up when it blatantly ignores your commands until it's ready to work. However, the features are smart, it handles well and I got good shot after good shot with it.

I think if the camera was over £200 it wouldn't be worth the cash but at the price it is, it's really good value for money. If you need a small compact that's light and easy-to-use and won't break the bank, I recommend this one.

Panasonic Lumix FS30: ProsSlim and smallFaster focusingNice colour rendition

Panasonic Lumix FS30: ConsNoise problems appear early

Panasonic Lumix FS30: Specification
Price £164.99
Contact www.panasonic.co.uk
Resolution 14.1Mp
Sensor size 1/2.33in
Sensor type CCD
Max image size 4320x3240
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Focusing system Super Sonic AF system
Focus points 9
Focus types Normal, macro, face detection,
ISO sensitivity ISO80 - 1600
Metering system Intelligent multiple
Metering types face, 9-point, 1-point
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 step increments
Shutter speed range 8sec - 1/1600sec
Frames-per-second 4.6fps (high burst mode), 1.5fps (unlimited consecutive)
Image stabilisation Optical
Monitor 2.7in TFT LCD
Media type SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interface USB 2.0, HDMI
Power Li-Ion (CGA-S/106C)
Size 100x56.5x27.8mm
Weight 160g (inc. battery and card)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 costs around £165 and is available from Warehouse Express here:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 / Fh30 -

Released in January 2010 alongside the Lumix FS33, the Panasonic Lumix FS30 is an affordable 14 Megapixel super-zoom with an 8x optical zoom and 2.7 inch LCD screen. The pricier FS33 shares all the FS30 specifications, but features a 3 inch touch-screen. The FS30 and FS33 are known as the Fh30 and Fh32 respectively in North America.

The Lumix FS30 / FH 20 features optical image stabilisation to iron out the bumps and jitters that can cause camera shake – a feature that’s fairly indispensable on a compact with a long telephoto – and it can also shoot 720p HD video. These features make it an attractive option to shooters who want to capture more than just holiday snaps and family occasions, but the FS30 / Fh30 also has plenty of features that make it a good choice for casual snappers. Its Intelligent Auto exposure mode uses scene recognition to determine the best exposure and it has face detection and a wide selection of scene modes.

With a super-wide zoom range, image stabilisation, HD video and a range of auto modes at an very affordable price point, the FS30 / Fh30 looks like a compelling choice. There’s just one thing that might turn your head though – the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300 at a similar price and with a longer zoom range, but slightly lower resolution. To find out which offers the best combination of control, picture quality and ease of use we tested them head-to-head. Read on to find out which came out on top.

   
   

The Panasonic Lumix FS30 / Fh30 conforms to the now familiar styling that, with minor tweaks, has been a consistent feature of the Panasonic FS and FX range compacts since early 2008. Our silver review model had a brushed metal front panel with a slightly darker silver band across the top and down either side. The FS / FH series body styling is quite angular with chamfered edges that make it look a little dated, an impression that’s reinforced by Panasonic’s preference for switches – one to turn the camera on and off and another to switch between shooting and playback modes.

It’s a comfortable camera to hold though, a task made easier by the recessed control panel on the right side section of the camera that’s about five millimetres thinner than the main body section housing the screen. There’s a dimpled thumb rest here that makes it easy to hold the camera in one hand, but you still need to take care to avoid accidental operation of the controls below it.

 
 
 
 

The camera weighs 178 grams – a little more than the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300, but at 100 x 57 x 28mm is almost the exact same physical size – so while they’re not exactly super-slim, neither are they too big to fit comfortably in a jacket or coat pocket.

A flip-up panel on the right side of the body exposes the combined A/V and USB port and two cables are supplied – a USB cable to download photos and video to your computer and an A/V cable with a composite video phono plug so you can view photos and video at standard resolution on a TV. Like the FinePix JZ300, the FS30 / Fh30 doesn’t have an HDMI connector.

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There’s a metal tripod bush located on the left corner of the base which means you’ll be able to swap cards and the battery without having to remove the camera from some tripods, but equally it can cause the camera to tilt a little when the screw is turned tight. A small clip prevents the battery from falling out when you open the battery compartment/media card cover. As well as SD and SDHC cards the FS30 / Fh30 takes the latest high-speed high-capacity SDXC cards.

On the top panel you’ll find the on/off switch, a shutter release surrounded by a zoom collar and, to the right of that, the Intelligent Auto button, which toggles between the existing mode and Intelligent Auto mode. Having a button that can switch to a fully auto mode without needing to access the menu system is a good thing. Placing it right next to the shutter release is very convenient if you know what you’re doing, but will doubtless cause problems if you’re in the habit of giving your camera to passers-by, children, or anyone else to take a shot on your behalf.

 
 
 
 

On the rear panel a switch, rather than the more usual button, selects shooting or playback mode. In place of a mode dial, the FS30 / Fh30 has a mode button that activates a menu, from which you can then choose between ‘Normal Picture’ (what other manufacturers would call Progam Auto), a predefined ‘My Scene’ mode, any of the choices from the scene mode menu or the Motion Picture mode.

Returning to convention, a four-way control pad with a Menu-Set button at its centre doubles as both a menu navigator and one-touch selector for exposure compensation, flash, macro and self-timer functions. Two further buttons toggle the display overlays and activate the Q Menu which provides access to a range of frequently used settings including (in Normal Picture mode) image stabilization, continuous shooting, AF mode, white balance, ISO sensitivity, Image size and LCD mode (screen brightness).

The Lumix FS30 / Fh30 has a built in flash which fires automatically in low light. In Normal Picture mode it can be forced on or off and there’s a red-eye mode which fires a pre-flash before the main exposure to narrow your subject’s pupils and reduce the potential for the retinal reflections that cause red-eye. The camera also has red-eye removal software that can be applied automatically during shooting.

The published range of the flash is an extravagant 5.8 metres at the wide angle lens focal length. This figure is quoted for the auto ISO setting though so doesn’t tell us much. Using the flash indoors with the camera set to 80 ISO subjects around two metres form the camera were quite poorly illuminated (see gallery images), but with the ISO set to automatic in the same conditions the camera chose an ISO sensitivity of 320 and the result were, of course, much better. This suggests that, unless you set the ISO manually (and are are prepared to put up with underexposed shots), most of your flash photos will be taken at higher ISO settings with the all the noise consequences that entails. This is pretty much the same experience we had with the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300.

The FS30 / Fh30 uses a Lithium Ion battery that provides enough power from a full charge to shoot 300 pictures using the CIPA (Camera Imaging Products Association). That’s pretty good and around 25 percent more than you’ll get with the FinePix JZ300. The battery is charged outside of the camera in the supplied mains charger.

Panasonic Lumix FS30 / Fh30 coverage wide

Panasonic Lumix FS30 / Fh30 coverage tele

5-40mm at 5mm (28mm equivalent)   5-40mm at 40mm (224 mm equivalent)

The Lumix FS30 / Fh30 has an 8x optical zoom lens with a range of 5-40mm or 28-224mm in 35mm equivalent terms. When you switch the camera on the lens extends by about 20mm and the camera is ready for action in a fraction under two seconds.

While it doesn’t quite match the 10x range of the Fujufilm FinePix JZ300, the Lumix FS30 / Fh30’s 8x zoom is no slouch. It starts at a very useable 28mm – great for panoramic landscapes and tight-squeeze interiors and goes all the way up to what pro photographers would call a medium telephoto. It’s also worth considering that the FS30 / Fh30’s extra 2 megapixels of image resolution will get you a little closer to the Fujifilm’s maximum 280mm telephoto when its images are cropped to the same 12 Megapixel resolution.

The zoom isn’t perfectly smooth, but comes close, with just the hint of a pause mid-way. It takes about two and a half seconds to cover the full range and manages to hold the focus reasonably well during its travel. It’s possible to achieve very fine control by nudging the zoom collar with your index finger. Often the degree of travel is so small that, although the framing changes the zoom indicator bar doesn’t move. We managed 25 discrete steps zooming in and 30 zooming out. The zoom is also reasonably quiet, emitting the faintest of hums during operation.

The Lumix FS30 / Fh30 employs optical image stabilization, which it calls MEGA O.I.S. This shifts the lens to compensate for camera movement and alleviate blurring caused by camera shake at slower shutter speeds. There are three modes; in Auto mode stabilization is only activated when conditions demand it, Mode 1 is continuous and Mode 2 activates stabilization on first press of the shutter release. Stabilization is automatically activated in Intelligent Auto mode, is turned off in the Starry Night scene mode, is set to mode 1 in Motion Picture mode and can be set to any mode or turned off in Normal Picture mode.

Panasonic Lumix FS30 / Fh30 OIS: off / continuous

100% crop, 5-40mm at 40mm, 1/25, 400 ISO, Normal Picture mode, OIS off.

 

100% crop, 5-40mm at 40mm, 1/25, 400 ISO, Normal Picture mode, OIS on.

Without image stabilization you’d expect to be able to hand hold a shot with the Lumix FS30 / Fh30 at its maximum focal length of 224mm at shutter speeds down to 1/224 of a second using the ‘one over the focal length’ convention. Below that and you’d expect to see evidence of camera shake.

 
 
 
 

The two crops above are from shots taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 / Fh30. Both were shot in Normal Picture mode with the ISO set to 400 and the camera chose an exposure of 1/25th of a second at f5.9. The crop on the left was taken with stabilization off and the the one on the right with stabilization on in mode 1 (continuous). It’s pretty clear that the Panasonic Lumix FS 30 / Fh30 is capable of eliminating camera shake down to a 25th of a second at its maximum 224mm focal length – that’s almost exactly three stops.

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The FS30 / Fh30 has Face detection AF which is automatically activated in Intelligent Auto mode and can be selected as an option in most other modes. It works in the usual way, surrounding detected faces with a border and locking focus on the main subject with first press on the shutter release. The FS30 / Fh30 is basic and lack frills like smile shutter and face self-timer found on Some Sony and Canon compacts, but it does the job. It doesn’t mistakenly identify other objects as faces and is, in good bright conditions pretty quick to identify and lock onto faces. It’s not good, however, at tracking faces that turn sideways and, like pretty much every other face detection system, becomes less adept in poor light and when subjects are at a distance. If face detection is important to you, there’s not much in it between the Panasonic Lumix FS30 / Fh30 and the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300.

Unlike the FinePix JZ300 though, the FS30 / Fh30 provides the option of nine-area auto focussing. This selects from nine regions in a 3 x 3 grid and locks the focus wherever it detects high contrast edges. It works very well, even in low light and displays a green dot and beeps when the focus is locked – always within a fraction of a second of first press on the shutter release.

The FS30 / Fh30 also has single-area AF which uses a single, quite large central region. It lacks the tracking option of the FinePix JZ300 so that’s a distinction that might influence you if your trying to decide between these two models. So on the one hand the FS30 / Fh30 has the ease of use advantage of nine-area AF, while on the other the FinePix JZ300 has excellent tracking AF that will make a real difference for anyone into sports and action photography.

The FS30 / Fh30 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen with 230 thousand pixels. Panasonic has made big efforts to overcome the problems associated with using LCD screens outdoors in bright conditions and there are three modes that you can choose to optimize the screen for the prevailing conditions. In Auto Power mode the screen brightness automatically adjusts according to the ambient lighting conditions, Power LCD simply cranks up the brightness and High Angle makes it easier to see when holding the camera above your head. These modes don’t provide all the answers and the Lumix FS30 / Fh30’s screen is no easier to see in bright sunlight than those of other compacts, but they do at least go some way to making life a little easier, particularly the High Angle mode, the most successful of the three.

The FS30 / Fh30 menus are organised on two tabs accessed by pressing the Menu/Set button at the centre of the control pad. The available options are dependant on exposure modes, Normal Picture mode providing access to everything and other modes a subset. In Intelligent Auto mode, for example, all you can change is the picture size, burst shooting mode and colour rendering. Normal Picture mode options include, among others, Picture size, ISO sensitivity, white balance, AF mode, Burst mode, Colour mode, Stabilizer, AF assist lamp, and Red-eye removal.

A second tab contains setup options including date and time (along with an option to set a second ‘destination’ time zone which is handy for trips abroad), power saving, image review, menu display size and card formatting. In playback mode the options include calendar view, test stamping, resizing, cropping, printing and copying. Slideshow options are available from the mode menu where we nearly missed them. With the exception of the super-imposed Q Menu, the FS30 / Fh30’s menu design and architecture isn’t nearly as logical and intuitive as it needs to be.

Some of the more frequently used menu settings can be accessed by pressing the Q Menu button. In Normal Picture mode they consist of stabilizer, burst shooting, AF mode, white balance, ISO sensitivity, picture size and LCD mode. As with the normal menus, these options are restricted in Intelligent Auto and scene modes.

The design of the Q menu works well though, with a super-imposed ribbon at the top of the screen with options for each setting appearing as drop-down vertical strips. Other than formatting, the Q Menu contains pretty much everything you’re likely to need for most shooting situations.

The Lumix FS30 / Fh30’s Intelligent Auto shooting mode provides point-and-shoot automatic operation with scene detection to help select the optimal exposure settings. It’s unusual in that you can’t select it from any of the FS30 / Fh30’s menus, instead there’s a dedicated button next to the shutter release that toggles it on and off – indicated by a beep and a screen icon.

Scene detection recognises six scene types – portrait, scenery, macro, night portrait, night scenery and sunset. It’s quick and accurate and works very well in most circumstances, though it faltered on occasions with backlit subjects and in low light is subject to the same limitations as face detection, particularly for the portrait modes – which automatically activate face AF.

What on most compacts would be called Program auto mode is known as Normal Picture mode on the FS30 / Fh30. This is the mode that provides most control over settings – mostly selected from the Q menu as described earlier. While it doesn’t offer anything approaching full manual exposure control, you can at least set the ISO sensitivity.

There are no fewer than 25 scene modes to choose from including, in addition to those used for scene detection, sports, candle-light, two baby scene modes, pet, a high-sensitivity mode that takes 3 Megapixel images at sensitivities up to 6400 ISO, aerial photo and film grain. There’s also a ‘My Scene’ option which lets you assign your favourite scene mode to the mode menu for quick selection.

   

In Motion Picture mode the Lumix FS30 / Fh30 can shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. Three other modes are available – a widescreen WVGA mode measuring 848 x 480 pixels, VGA at 640 x 480 pixels and QVGA at 320 x 240 pixels. All video modes operate at 30fps. HD movies are encoded using a Motion JPEG codec and saved in a QuickTime wrapper with a .mov file extension.

Registered members of Vimeo can download the clip seen opposite for evaluation on their own computers.

Neither the optical nor even the digital zoom can be used during filming which means you’ll have to frame your shot with the optical zoom before pressing the record button. This puts the FS30 / FH 20 at a disadvantage compared to the Fujifilm FinePix JZ300 which has full use of the optical zoom during video recording. Being able to zoom whilst shooting isn’t as big a deal as it sounds, though. The main problems with the JZ300 being the tendency for the focus to wander and motor noise being recorded. When in Motion Picture mode the FS30 / Fh30 automatically enables the image stabilizer in Mode 1 (continuous). As with all cameras that use a CCD sensor, video is prone to streaking (vertical colour bands) when shooting bright subjects, reflections on water for example, and into the light.

In Burst mode the FS30 / Fh30 can shoot continuously at a little over one frame per second. In our test we couldn’t get it to match the claimed speed of 1.5fps and reducing the image size didn’t help. There is, however a high speed burst mode with a claimed speed of approximately 5fps which did manage to maintain that rate consistently. High speed burst mode limits the image size to 3 Megapixels or lower and tends to use high sensitivities.

The Lumix FS30 / Fh30’s 14 Megapixel 1/2.3in CCD sensor produces 4:3 images with a maximum size of 4320 x 3240 pixels. It has several smaller picture size options including cropped 12.5 Megapixel 3:2 and 10.5 Megapixel 16:9. Images are compressed and saved as JPEGs, but there’s no control over the degree of compression used; best quality files typically occupy around 4.5MB. The shutter speed range is 8 seconds to 1/1600 with longer exposures of up to a minute available in Starry Sky mode. The camera has 40MB of internal memory, only enough to store a handful of shots, so you’ll be needing to fit an SD card at the earliest opportunity.

To see how the quality of the FS30 / Fh30 measures-up in practice, take a look at our real-life resolution and high ISO noise results pages, browse the sample images gallery, or skip to the chase and head straight for our verdict.

 

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Panasonic Lumix FS30 review: Panasonic Lumix FS30: Performance

The FS30 otherwise delivers problem-free performance. We were particularly pleased by the total absence of shutter lag – once the 9-point focus system has locked on, grabbing an image is a thought-free process.

Continuous shooting is reasonable as well – over five seconds we recorded a frame-rate of 1.3fps at the FS30's full 14.1MP resolution.

Start-up time is also good, at a shade under one and a half seconds. The only fly in the ointment was the FS30's time between frames in single-shot mode, which stood at around two seconds each time.

Long-lens issues aside, the FS30's optical image stabilisation acquitted itself well during our tests. It doesn't seem to have the power to compensate for movement when the lens is zoomed in, but for wider work – and particularly for video – it provides a useful amount of stabilisation. It's especially handy for a camera which weighs just 160g.

The video mode is a valuable extra feature. Its best quality mode is 30fps at 1,280 x 720. Video quality is excellent – sharp with good colour rendition and smooth motion, aside from the image stabiliser occasionally taking charge and wrenching sideways during a pan.

There's obviously little control over depth of field thanks to the small sensor, although we got reasonable (if unpredictable) results using the FS30's macro mode.

There are few surprises in terms of features. Disappointingly for a camera whose price suggests a good upgrade for those who have outgrown their current compact, there's only a scattering of manual features.

You can choose your own ISO and set white balance manually, but more advanced features such as aperture or shutter priority modes are missing. You can set exposure compensation to plus or minus two stops.

Point-and-shoot photographers will find plenty to keep them occupied, however. There's a variety of scene modes, including one which will tag your pets with their name and age, assuming you can be bothered to enter their details.

The controls on the back of the camera are well laid out and fall to hand easily. Those of a more sci-fi bent might consider Panasonic's FS33, which is the same camera internally but replaces the FS30's 2.7-inch screen with a 3-inch touchscreen TFT.

A word of hesitation is reserved for the screen. It's by no means bad, but there are better examples around. It can be a little dull, and motion is jerky when the sensitivity is ramped up.

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Цифровой фотоаппарат Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 | Фотоаппараты Panasonic

Цифровой фотоаппарат Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

Цена: 79 926 pуб. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 - это 14 Мегапиксельный фотоаппарат от Panasonic, оснащенный мощным 8x оптическим зумом. Главная изюминка модели - зум-объектив с фокусным расстоянием 28-224 мм (в пересчете на 35 мм), причем он имеет встроенный стабилизатор. Аппарат может похвастаться 2,7-дюймовым сенсорным LCD-дисплеем, съемкой HD-видео 720p и системой MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), компенсирующей дрожание рук. В наличии более 20 сценариев съемки и 6 предустановок баланса белого. В камеру встроено 40 Мбайт собственной памяти, которую можно расширить с помощью карт-памяти SD/SDHC.Характеристики:
Тип фотокамерыцифровая
Матрица
ТипПЗС (CCD)
Количество мегапикселей14
Размер матрицы1 /2.33"
Чувствительностьавто, ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Объектив
Название объективаLUMIX DC VARIO
СветосилаF3.3 - F5.9
Режимы съёмкиавто, видео, предустановленные программы, программный режим
Оптический Zoom8x
Цифровой Zoom4x
Система фокусировки
Фокусное расстояние28 - 224 мм
Минимальное расстояние съемки0.05 м
Система автофокусировкиTTL
Режимы автофокусировкиНормальная, макро, макрозум, быстрая АФ
Характеристики экрана
Наличие видоискателянет
Тип видоискателянет
Наличие дисплеяда
ЖК-дисплей2.7 '' / 230 000 пикс. /
Фотосъемка
Режим замера экспозициин.д.
Режимы экспозицииавтоматический
Серийная съемка+ / 4.6 кадра /сек /
Максимальное разрешение4320x3240 пикс
Баланс белогоавто, предустановки
Сюжетные программыда
Формат файловJPEG
Выдержка8 - 1 /1600 с
Автобрекетингнет
Автоспуск+ / 2, 10 секунд /
Экспокоррекция± 2 EV, с шагом 1 /3 EV
Видеосъемка
Запись видеода
Запись звукада
Максимальное разрешение видео1280x720
Максимальная частота кадров видеоролика30 кадров /с
Формат записи видеоMOV
Вспышка
Вспышкада
Диапазон применениядо 5.80 м
Ведущее числон.д.
Режимы работы вспышкиAвто, автоуменьшение эффекта «красных глаз», принудительно включена / выключена
Память и интерфейсы
Поддерживаемые карты памятиSecure Digital (SD),SD HC
Объём встроенной памяти40 Мб
ИнтерфейсыUSB 2.0, видео, аудио
Другие функции и особенности
ПитаниеАккумулятор
Комплектациян.д.
Дополнительная информациян.д.
Габариты
Вес (г)138 г
Размеры100x56.5x27.8 мм

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