Hands on with the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 and FT4

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Norfolk Island provided the scenic backdrop for Panasonic's launch of the TZ30 travel camera and the FT4 tough camera, as well as a range of camcorders and other Lumix cameras from the 2012 range.

The Lumix TZ30 is the company's latest version of its travel camera, sporting a 20x optical zoom and built-in GPS unit. The Lumix FT4 can withstand drops of up to 2 metres, and is waterproof to 12 metres. As well as these flagship cameras, Panasonic also announced two slimline 10x optical zoom cameras, the SZ7 and the SZ1; the FH series, which includes one model with a f/2.5 lens; a full HD camcorder called the XC-900M; the HC-V10, which is an HD camcorder with 63x optical zoom; and two vertical camcorders, one of which is waterproof.

All photos in this gallery were taken on the Panasonic cameras, with no post-processing or adjustments, apart from cropping and resizing.

Lexy Savvides attended the Norfolk Island launch as a guest of Panasonic.

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MarkG9 posted a comment   

Lexy, have you or any of your readers tried the TZ30 in its marine housing underwater as yet? I'm interested, as I had a TZ5/15 which I used extensively scuba diving. It took great shots and really good video. I had a fall recently and broke the camera and need to replace it. I like the reviews on the TZ30 but I can't find anything regards the camera underwater?


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Hi Mark,

Unfortunately I haven't tested it out myself, it is often difficult to get accessories at the same time as the camera itself for review. I can contact Panasonic to see if they have a review unit available?


GregoryE posted a comment   

Miniature mode looks positively bizarre!


GregoryE posted a comment   

The TZ30 looks AWESOME!! Magnificent panorama shot! I've gotta go to Norfolk Island now!!!


TonyR1 posted a comment   

Thanks for the tour of the TZ 30, and of Norfolk Island Lexy. I went to Norfolk last year with my trusty TZ 7 and my new FT 2, and came away with great shots from each. I can't wait to get the new TZ 30!

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