Panasonic TZ30 (ZS20) hands-on review @ Tech Radar

Panasonic TZ30 (ZS20) hands-on review @ Tech Radar

It may LOOK similar to the TZ20 it is replacing, but the differences under the hood are anything but subtle: Useable ISO @ 1600 despite the rising to 14 megapixels, better image stabilization, full manual controls, 20x zoom (starting at 24mm), very quick response times and more, well this baby deserves a place into both the 'superzoom' and 'prosumer' tags:

 

"Like the Panasonic TZ20, the Panasonic TZ30 has a touchscreen that can be used to set the AF point. However, the improvements that Panasonic has made to its compact system cameras' autofocus systems have also been transferred to the new camera. 

Because the Panasonic TZ30 has a read speed of 120fps rather than the 60fps of the TZ20, the new camera has a claimed AF speed of 0.1 sec.
 
Naturally we were unable to measure the AF speed of the pre-production Panasonic TZ30 that we were given access to, but it certainly seemed quick. We're looking forward to testing it more fully in a range of lighting conditions when we get a full production sample in for review."
 
 
/Rant mode on
Panasonic, like other companies continues with the moronic;by any reasonable meaning, tradition of giving different names to the same product depending on where in the world it is being released. Hence, in North America this camera is called 'SZ20'. There's propably something politically incorrent about 'TZ30" in America, or so they thought. "Can the Yankees spell 'TZ30'? -Naah, let's go with SZ20 instead, sounds so much cooler"
/End of rant

 

 

 

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