Panasonic DMC-FZ30K (Comments ????)

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by QX, Jan 26, 2006.

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    QX Guest

    Does anyone have comments on this camera? Use it currently?
    It seems to be what I am looking for:
    1. Primarily quick point & shoot to get action photos while hiking &
    rock scrambling.
    2. Option to go manual focus/time/f-stop for landscape shots.
    3. Optical zoom.
    4. Very doubtful I will purchase addtional lenses so don't need true
    All comments are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    QX, Jan 26, 2006
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  2. I don't think the FZ30 is a suitable camera for rock climbing, You need
    something small, flat and lightweight, like a Nikon Coolpix or similar,
    suitably protected.

    The FZ30 is a super camera, but like Dibley, I am still learning from the
    120-page manual.

    Dennis Pogson, Jan 26, 2006
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    HornBlower Guest

    I own one and love it. It is the best camera I have ever owned. The FZ20
    being a close runner up. I moved to Panasonic from a Canon 20D which hated.

    However, for rock climbing unless you are going to carry it in a bag on your
    back until you get to the top. I think it s a bit big for that. In a bag on
    your back, it would fine. Once you got to the top you could then get some
    great photos. But, if you want to shoot on your way up, then you will want
    something smaller. It won't be better, most small point and shoots leave a
    lot to be desired. But, you have a limit because of the rock climbing. I
    would still look at Panasonic. I think they are one of the most under-rated
    camera makers.

    Simply because they never made film cameras. Having made film cameras I
    don't think is a good pre-requesit for making a good digital camera. In fact
    I think companies like Canon and Nikon leave a lot to be desired when it
    comes to their cameras. They seem to keep everything inline with film and
    never seem to say "Hey, this is digital and not film, lets do this
    different." Like getting rid of the mirror in the SLR's. They aren't needed
    and only detract from the cameras.
    HornBlower, Jan 26, 2006
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    m II Guest

    A lot of people would disagree with you on that mirror business. I know
    I do.

    m II, Jan 27, 2006
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    HornBlower Guest

    That is fine, but there are others to choose from that have the mirror if
    one doesn't want to move out of the 19th and 20th century. When I think of
    high tech it isn't because it uses 70+ year old technology.
    HornBlower, Jan 27, 2006
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    ant Guest

    I bought one a few weeks back, after MUCH reserearch. And 42nd Ave sent it
    without the SD card! So I could play with it, but only in a very limited
    I notice the image stabilisation thing working in the viewfinder/screen
    thing. I love the manual zoom, and then hte camera focusses for you. Very

    I got mine for much of the same reason as the OP. Especially as I didn't
    need to change lenses so that functionality in an SLR wasn't necessary. Also
    my brother has the new Canon 350 whatever-it-is. So I can steal that if
    Was going to get a Fuji S9000, and then this Lumix popped up.
    ant, Jan 28, 2006
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