... This Christmas however, my lovely girlfriend got me a Panasonic Lumix FS30 - Black (other colours are available). A quick first glance of the stats and I was impressed, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, so I used it extensively over the holiday period to find out if ... Read review
Quality Pictures and viewing screen, easy to operate, Good looking...etc etc..
I smidge pricey for a mid-range Camera, maybe...
"...lovely girlfriend got me a Panasonic Lumix FS30 - Black (other colours are available). A quick first glance of the stats and I was impressed, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, so I used it extensively over the holiday period to find out if this was a camera which I could finally be happy with. I am pleased to say that it is, so here is my review of this smart and neat camera.
==It's all in the Lumix!==
I have been aware ..."
Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional
Small, robust and with a decent range of features.
"I bought this camera second hand, at a very reasonable price, from a friend. Well, maybe he wasn't that much of a friend, or maybe I should have known that he wasn't silly and there was a good reason he was willing to let it go so cheaply.
I love the camera's feel and size. It is nice and compact, about the size of a cigarette packet, and feels nice and sturdy. It's the perfect size for taking anywhere in your handbag.
It has a rechargeable battery ..."
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Product Information for "Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30EB-K" »
Manufacturer's product description
The DMC-FS30 features a 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom Lumix DC VARIO lens. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 8x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 14.1-megapixel resolution.In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, 4 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful photos every time. The iA mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to detect hand-shake, intelligent ISO control to detect subject movement, face detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame and intelligent scene selector to detect scene conditions. Sunset mode has been added to the intelligent scene selector.To realize the sonic speed AF, a number of re-engineering and improvements are made including the adaptation of higher-speed actuator, the optimization of algorithms and the parallelization of software processing element. The result is ultra high speed yet accurate AF performance for you to enjoy the airy shooting that has experienced never before. Panasonic also replaced its linear program processing with parallel processing to achieve an ultra high-speed start-up time.The DMC-FS30 can record motion pictures in high-definition. The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-picture recording even in low-light settings.The DMC-FS30's large 2.7-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution intelligent LCD. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes. In addition, the high-angle mode makes the display extremely easy to view from a low angle, for example, when taking photos by raising your hand upward to capture the subject over the crowd.
ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)
Portrait mode, party/indoor, night portrait, self-portrait, PET, scenery, food, fireworks, night scene, sports mode, sunset, candle, beach, transform, snow, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, aerial photo, hi-speed burst, film grain, flash-burst
Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, natural
Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets
Cloudy, daylight, halogen, shade
Max Shutter Speed
Min Shutter Speed
±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
8 x zoom lens - 5 - 40 mm - f/3.3-5.9
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
28 - 224mm
Min Focus Distance
Macro Focus Range
7 groups / 9 elements
Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens
Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Effective Flash Range
0.6 m - 5.8 m
Continuous Shooting Speed
1.5 frames per second, 4.6 frames per second
Self Timer Delay
10 sec, 2sec
Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, Scene Detection Technology, Face Detection AF/AE, 720p HD movie recording, Intelligent Scene Selector, built-in help guide, Motion Detection Technology, text input to Exif header
2.7" LCD display
Microphone Operation Mode
1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input