Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
The ZS30 is our top camera gift pick because it offers excellent photos and videos for its class, a broad feature set, and fast shooting performance, all at a reasonable price. It's a great fit for anyone who's looking for a long zoom lens in a pocketable package that can be used for snapshots and movie clips. Plus, it has built-in Wi-Fi that connects to iOS or Android smartphones for easy on-the-go sharing, remote control of the camera, and more.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 2 user reviews
Starting at: $318.99
The good: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 gets you a lot of features in a compact body including a 20x zoom lens, 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi for remote control of the camera as well as easy sharing, high-speed and full HD movie capture, and GPS. Photo quality and shooting performance are very good for its class.
The bad: The power and Wi-Fi buttons are too easy to accidentally press. There's no raw capture option. Battery life can be short if you do more than just take photos. Photos look soft and have visible noise/artifacts when viewed at full size even at its lowest ISO.
The bottom line: A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.
October 31, 2013 2:41 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman, Lori Grunin
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