REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PanasonicLumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (74)
  • Zoom range/performance (70)
  • Easy to use (68)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (68)
  • Compact (65)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (27)
  • Short battery life (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (65)
  • Family photos (58)
  • Landscape/scenery (53)
  • Low light (35)
  • Sports/action (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Casual photographer (32), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lumix (Leica inside) DMC-ZS30

This is my fourth camera, and third Lumix from B&H. I keep upgrading for the new features such as GPS, WiFi and Image Stabilization. Plus the cameras are getting lighter...Read complete review

This is my fourth camera, and third Lumix from B&H. I keep upgrading for the new features such as GPS, WiFi and Image Stabilization. Plus the cameras are getting lighter with a more powerful zoom. Great images! And it doesn't hurt that the Lumix is being made in the former Leica factory. I doubt I will ever use all the great features available but I'm going to try! All the controls are right on the touch-screen. And being able to take a still photo while video taping is a good bonus. Get your hands on one of these. Price plus features, what a deal.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

It has many Pros and Cons

Pros:
Great travel camera.
1.The zoom pulled in very distant animals on my trip to Denali. It has a digital zoom of 80x.

2. The photo...Read complete review

Pros:
Great travel camera.
1.The zoom pulled in very distant animals on my trip to Denali. It has a digital zoom of 80x.

2. The photo color was truer than the other cameras I tested in the same class.

3. Takes bright photos indoors without a flash. I was able to capture good night time street shots and fish in an aquarium as long as they weren't moving too fast.

4. I love the ability to transfer photos to my phone using the Panasonic Image App but read the Cons.

Cons:

1. The Panasonic Image app is very difficult to set up with an iPhone. The app is poorly designed and not intuitive. I had to depend on online user comments to figure out the set up. You must go to your iPhone Wi-Fi settings and connect with the camera before launching the Panasonic App.

2. There is no place to put your right thumb on this camera without hitting a button. I am constantly hitting the Wi-Fi or Menu button causing me to miss the shot while clearing the screen.

3. The camera touch screen is constantly taking photos until you figure out how to turn it off. There is no mention of it in the menu or the camera booklet. There is a tiny screen icon that disables it.

4. When reviewing photos with the display info turned off, no video icon appears on a movie clip. When there is no movie indication you delete it thinking its a bad photo.

5. Camera charge cable is so short you cannot reach a table from the wall outlet. I don't like leaving my good camera on the floor.

6. The camera froze up twice while shooting. I missed the shots but removing the battery brought it back to life. I was going to return it but found a firmware update on Panasonic's support site. They also suggested I initialize the the SD card. I have not had it freeze since.

I researched similar cameras for months before purchasing this one. I ultimately liked this camera for it's color and contrast settings. I purchased the Fugi Film F900 EXR because of its larger sensor. While the photos had crisper details they appeared cool toned even on a sunny day compared to the ZS30. It broke so I returned it. The sony cameras feature very black shadows while the ZS30 has more detail in the dark areas. I wanted the Sony RX100 for its large sensor size. But it can't really zoom in distant objects. I stayed with this camera because of its size and the color it gives my photos. However it's smaller sensor grain is apparent when viewing photos at 100 percent on a computer monitor. I found that if you want the clarity of a large sensor you must carry a large camera or give up on a decent zoom.

Reviewed by 109 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

Great travel camera

By Ed

from Pennsylvania

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

True pocket size super zoom camera. Takes great pics. You get a Leica lens camera at a Panasonic bargain price.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
5.0

Good product and good service.

By Fred Badiyan

from 720 West 94 St. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (White):

B&H did a good service, I got my product on time, I am happy
Fred Badiyan

Share this review

 
4.0

Great zoom point and shoot!

By Sam

from Anaheim, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No Viewfinder
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (White):

This camera has a long zoom, 20X. It's very useful in landscape shots, especially when observing wildlife. It's light, fits in a shirt pocket and turns on quickly.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
4.0

A lot of picture power in your pocket

By Rich the shutter bug

from Crestview Fl.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

After reading the basic instruction pamphlet to get an overview of the controls it is easy to start taking pictures. The complete operators manual on the included CD is well laid out and easy to follow. The quality of pictures is great. One concern is that there is no protective dust cover over the shutter which opens when the camera is turned on and the lens extends. Also when the sun is to your back the LCD display is difficult to see.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
4.0

Great little camera

By Gdm

from Illinois

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (White):

It does its thing well. I wanted the big optical zoom in a little point-and-shoot. I'm getting great shots, and it has some fun bells and whistles. Also, I like that I can pretty easily move a photo fromThe camera over to my iphone 5 using the wifi feature. It's not effortless to do so, since my phone doesn't do NFC, but it's not hard either. (There are many people on YouTube with little videos on how to do it.) I am very satisfied with this camera.

Share this review

 
5.0

Best point and shot

By J Panda

from Panama

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

    I used to have a ZS20 that suffer a accident. Lesson learned and bought it with extended accidental damage. I search for the perfect camera and the features I looked are:1. Super zoom +10X2. No pup up flash (built in)3. Manual controls4. Wireless 5. GPS6. Battery charge via usb cableThis was the only camera that has all the features I wanted

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Happy so far

    By Penny

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Green Level Line
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

    I ordered this recently and am quite pleased with my experiences so far. Set-up for photography was simple enough. I've had several similar camera so didn't need a manual. However, the Wi-Fi part is new to me and I haven't tackled that yet. The screen image is quite sharp and so far the touch screen hasn't proved a liability. The little thing I like most is the green level line. Crooked pictures drive me nuts and this will help alleviate that problem.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    All Good - Thanks B&H

    By professor pete

    from los angeles

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 120 Fps Capable At 720
    • 3 Preset Modes
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Focus Lag
    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Directions

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Slo Mo Video Is Cool
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

    Bought this camera for the 120fps shooting experience and am wholly satisfied. I saw other sites with a bit better rates but without the reliable B&H name. I appreciate the ease of the B&H purchase experience.

    As always, thanks for being there B&H.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    3.0

    Wifi does not work as specified.

    By parom

    from Sarasota, FL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

      I am amateur as far as camera capability is concerned. So I am pretty happy with camera performance by itself. However I am expert in computers and direct wifi is not working as described in manual. Specifically it does not work with Lenovo Yoga 11s, Windows 8.1. Camera will not see this tablet/laptop when trying to make direct wifi connection. I tried many things, finally I gave up and I used cable for pictures transfer to PC. Cable works fine. It is also working in direct wifi mode with my Android Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet and Samsung Galaxy S2 phone.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      4.0

      Powerful inteligence in a compact pack

      By Otavio MEC

      from Brazil.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Bought this camera for a ski trip (in fact, received it at the 3rd day of the trip, as expected.)
          Found it surprisingly able to produce good pictures in low light conditions..
          Couldn't explore far enough the other features in the menu but the basic "inteligent" mode has shown to be able to manage different situations, adapting itself to conditions as low light, bright background or macro automatically.
          The akward issue is the touch screen, which I wasn't able to turn off, and which leads to unexpected pictures at every single touch as we try to handle the camera to a take selfie.
          That's the only reason for not giving it 5 stars.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Great Compact Camera

          By Jake

          from Connecticut

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

          This is one great compact camera. Easy to use when on automatic, makes great pictures. If you can make it through the 300+ page manual you will discover that this camera can do more than you will ever need. The only criticism is the included software, I found it not to be user friendly, but since I manage my photos independantly, this hasn't been a deal breaker.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excelente camara!!!

          By Leo

          from Argentina

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Silver):

            La camara es excelente. Tiene wifi y gps que funcionan de maravillas.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great service and prompt delivery

            By Stu.

            from naples fl.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

            Carry all the time camera that takes great pictures with a superb telephoto lens.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a Wonderful Camera!

            By K Thibo

            from Lake Charles, LA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Silver):

              I carry my Lumix DMC-ZS30 everywhere I go! I am never without it. I have even gone back home to get it if it isn't in my purse. It is the perfect size to fit in my purses and takes absolutely wonderful pictures! My last camera was the Lumix DMC-ZS-5. It lasted three years and probably took 100,000 pictures. It was great until the very last month I had it. I think I wore it out! The DMC-ZS-30 took over and has quickly become my favorite! I show it off and have made picture pages for two occasions with the pictures. Everyone who sees them is most impressed.
              Thank you for a great deal on my camera and extra battery and battery charger! B&H is great with great employees!
              K Thibodeaux

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Loaded Camera. OK Image Quality

              By Justin James

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Silver):

                Good camera, comes loaded with features.

                Tried the GPS feature in USA. Doesn't pick up signal indoors and could drain battery if camera is on indoors a lot. Outdoors works good, though if you select landmark feature, it could be a little off.

                Image Quality is ok. Nothing to complain about from a compact camera.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                Excellent camera

                By RJ

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I have never been more than a simple point and shoot photographer. This camera makes me look like a professional! The zoom is fantastic. There are so many fun features to play with. I have never had a camera with so many features, so I can't compare this to anything else, but I absolutely love this camera and I am very pleased I decided to take a step up from my old basic digital camera.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  So far so good

                  By Shell

                  from California

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Silver):

                  We tried the Canon 280 but don't like the interface and the location of the flash. This is our 3 Panasic Lumix. Love it.

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Great point and shoot

                  By Lindylou

                  from Durango, co

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I replaced a Canon point and shoot with this Panasonic Lumix. Customer friendly easy to learn to use. Need to keep it charged. Takes nice quality photos.

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  iPhone app does not work

                  By DrCohen

                  from Middletown, NJ

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Nice camera in some respects. iPhone app connects to camera via WiFi but shutter button on app does not work.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        DSLR Performance in a Point&Shoot

                        By TSJ

                        from North Country, NYS

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera (Black):

                        18MP Quality, easy to use, USB charging & data transfer.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        Displaying reviews 1-20

                        Back to top

                        Previous | Next »