PROS / The ZS30 has Wi-Fi ability that lets you share images with other devices with a simple touch.
CONS / This camera is a bit heavier than most digital cameras.
VERDICT / It is easy to take and share amazing quality images with this camera.
Choosing a standard digital camera can be daunting. With so many features, functions and settings available, it's easy to get lost in the specs when all you want is a good camera that will take amazing pictures without having to fiddle with buttons and knobs. The Panasonic Lumix digital camera series has great cameras with so many automatic functions the camera will basically take the pictures for you. With great image quality, automatic settings and smart technology, the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, making it the best digital camera on our review.
The Panasonic Lumix has great image resolution, 16.1MP. This means the camera uses more little dots to make your images look clearer than cameras with lower resolutions. The CCD image sensor will help each picture look as bright as possible, with fine details picked up and portrayed throughout.
This digital camera has a 5X optical zoom. That means you can zoom in five times closer to your subject without moving your feet, and it will look just as clear close up as it will far away.
Since this is a standard digital camera, the automatic settings will quickly determine lighting and shutter speed based on your environment when you shoot your pictures. However, you also have the option to tinker a bit with the control and adjust shutter speed for some cool photo effects. The Lumix will always automatically stabilize itself to make up for shaky hands and shutter movement, reducing blurring in your photographs.
If you would like to dabble a bit in video recording, you can press a button and use the camcorder function on the SZ30. Each video will be recorded in 720p image quality. This is the quality needed to share video online on YouTube and Facebook without the video looking grainy or fuzzy.
Settings & Effects
While the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 has the automatic settings you need to take beautiful snapshots, it also will allow you to experiment with features and settings to give your pictures some amazing photo effects. Don't worry, the automatic default settings will reset each time you turn on the digital camera.
One function that is fun to try is the color effects. This setting lets you take pictures in black and white or sepia to give your pictures a more dramatic look. You can also choose to enhance certain colors, such as red or green. Pictures taken this way develop in black and white with just the enhanced colors included.
You can set the camera to take panorama photos and video. This setting is great for capturing breathtaking images of landscapes at your favorite vacation spots. This camera has a self-timer included, so you can set the camera and jump into the shot alone or with your friends.
One of the best settings of the Lumix ZS30 is the Wi-Fi function. This gives you more flexibility when taking and sharing your pictures. Using the Wi-Fi function, you can set the view screen to allow you see yourself in the snapshot and even take the picture right there.
If you choose to download the necessary apps, you can upload and send your images to other electronic devices, such as iPads, PCs and others' smartphones, or share on Facebook and Twitter. You can instantly send your photos to an online photo album, freeing up valuable storage space on your standard digital camera. It also has near-field communication (NFC) touch capability. Simply touch the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 to a compatible electronic device with the app on it, and your images will transfer immediately without your needing to press any buttons or using connection cords.
Battery Life & Storage
The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 digital camera comes with 90MB of internal memory. This is enough to hold a few pictures. However, you can use an SD card to increase the memory enough to hold thousands more.
This camera comes with a Li-ion rechargeable battery, so you won't have to purchase batteries each time they die. You simply plug the camera into an outlet or your computer with the included cords, and it will fully recharge. This camera's battery life is impressive, able to capture about 260 shots per charge. This amount will fluctuate depending on your camera's settings, but it still has one of the best battery life of all the digital cameras we reviewed.
This digital camera weights more than most standard digital cameras; almost 8 ounces. While this is a bit bulkier than other cameras, it's also necessary to house all the incredible functions of the Lumix ZS30, including the Wi-Fi capability. It also makes it easier to hold steady to capture photographs that are not fuzzy or bumpy. Its view screen measures 3 inches, the largest available for standard digital cameras. It also is a touchscreen, so you can make some adjustments and upload images with a few finger swipes.
Help & Support
Panasonic offers the best customer service options available. First, it offers an industry standard one-year warranty on all the Lumix series cameras, including the ZS30. You can email tech support through the Panasonic website and browse through FAQs. You can also download the user guide online if you happen to misplace the one that comes with your camera. Panasonic lists telephone numbers on its website, so you can have a physical conversation with a support representative. You can also use the live chat feature any time, day or night.
The Panasonic Lumix standard digital camera series is the best we've found. It has all the automatic features to snap beautiful photos without needing to worry about controls or settings. It does let you tinker a little if you want to adjust settings to use photo effects such as color and panoramic views. The ZS30 is a heavy digital camera, but it houses many extras, including some amazing Wi-Fi ability. With a beautiful, eye-appealing design and incredible customer support, the Panasonic Lumix is a great choice for a standard digital camera.