The DMC-FZ30's Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens features 14 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens which helps to suppress the color bleeding that often occurs in telephoto shots, plus a 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35 to 420mm). This combines with the large, 1/1.8-inch diagonal 8-megapixel CCD to give you enormous expressive power. The new Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 19.1x power in 3-megapixel photos, and up to 15x power in 5-megapixel photos. Plus, the 12x optical zoom can be used together with the 4x digital zoom to produce a maximum of 48x zooming power.
Accurate, Flexible Focusing--Both Auto and Manual
In addition to five auto focus modes (1-point, 3-point high-speed, 9-point, spot AF, and 1-point high-speed AF with reduced focusing speed), the FZ30 features a ring that lets you manually adjust the focus from 0.98 feet (0.3 meters) to infinity. It also has Manual Focus Assist, a function that shows an enlarged image of the subject's center in the viewfinder. The One-Shot AF function in manual focus mode lets you focus automatically for a single shot by pressing the "FOCUS" button. The Continuous AF function keeps moving subjects in sharp focus, and the AF Assist Lamp helps in dim lighting. This all adds up to easy, accurate focusing.
Manual Focus and Zoom Rings with Intuitive Control
The manual focus ring lets you focus on whatever part of your subject you wish, and the zoom ring lets you zoom in and out easily and accurately as you compose the perfect shot. They're both fast, so you can capture moving subjects in your composition.
Free-Angle 2.0-Inch Diagonal High-Resolution LCD
Change the angle of the high-resolution 230,000-pixel 2.0-inch diagonal LCD monitor any way you like. You get the flexibility to catch a high-angle shot over a crowd, or a low-angle shot of flowers in a garden, all with a comfortable posture.
Lightning Response Whenever You Need It New with this model, the lens does not retract when not in use, so the camera is ready to shoot almost immediately. Also, the super-fast Venus Engine II has ultra-fast release and refresh times.
Mega Burst Consecutive Shooting
You can snap off consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card is full.
Instant Close-ups with a Single Switch
Regardless of the Mode Dial setting, you can take macro shots instantly by flicking the switch on the side of the lens to the AF Macro setting. This lets you get as close as 0.16 feet (5 centimeters) from your subject (at the maximum wide-angle setting).
Flexible Shooting to Match the Scene
Take beautiful photos even if you're using a camera for the very first time. The camera does all the work, so you can just aim and press the shutter button.
Program AE Mode
This mode determines the optimal aperture and shutter speed settings for you.
Aperture Priority AE Mode
You can set the aperture between f2.8 and f8.0 to create a softer focus.
Shutter Priority AE Mode
Set the shutter speed between 60 seconds and 1/2,000 second to freeze or express movement.
Manual Exposure Mode
You can manually set both the aperture and shutter speed using the command dial as you hold the camera. Simply press the shutter button halfway down and the Manual Exposure Assist screen in the viewfinder or LCD monitor will show you how much your exposure setting varies from the setting the camera considers optimal.
Enjoy smooth moving pictures complete with sound. Even in dimly lit situations, a new 9-pixel mixed readout method produces bright VGA-size (640 x 480-pixel) moving images at 30 frames per second on large-screen TVs.
Select two of the following 14 modes according to the shooting conditions. Pressing the left of the cursor button opens a help screen that explains what each mode is for.
- Starry Sky Mode
- Candle Mode
- Portrait Mode
- Night Portrait Mode
- Night Scenery Mode
- Party Mode
- Sports Mode
- Scenery Mode
- Fireworks Mode
- Snow Mode
- Panning Mode
- Baby Mode
- Soft Skin Mode
- Food Mode
- Auto Angle Detection rotates vertical shots 90 degrees for easier viewing when connecting with an AV cable. This function may not work on some TV/LCD monitors.
- TIFF compatible for saving images without compressing data
- RAW format for saving images as unprocessed CCD data
- PictBridge-compatible for direct printer connection
Two new optional conversion lenses have been developed to enhance the performance of the FZ30: the 1.7x tele-conversion lens (35mm equivalent: 714mm), and the 0.7x wide-conversion lens (35mm equivalent: 24.5mm). Conversion lenses are optional accessories and must be purchased separately.
What's in the Box
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K 8MP digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, SD memory card (32MB), lens cap, lens hood, lens hood adaptor, AV cable, USB connection cable, strap, CD-ROM
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