Panasonic Lumix DMC - TZ30 Camera 14MP, 20 x ZOOM, MOS Sensor - £250 @ Amazon or £215 with Panasonic cash back promo & a free camera case worth £5.79 - HotUKDeals - Page 2
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I have been watching this camera for a while, it's £289.99 at Currys and is £257 at Dixons and Comet online, but still £299.99 in their stores and at other retailers like Very, Argos and John Lewis etc.

It's gone down to £250 and if you buy it before end of July you get £35 cash back from Panasonic, so that's £215 -WOOHOO!

It's got some amazing specs, particularly the 20x Zoom for a compact camera - see full specs on this site;

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/LUMIX+Digital+Cameras/Superzoom+Cameras/DMC-TZ30/Specification/8616263/index.html

Mine should be here tomorrow thanks to Amazon's Prime trial - YAYAYAYAY!!!!!!

You also get a free Amazon basics camera case if you add it to your basket - thank you Mr Amazon!

Go grab yourself a bargain :-D

Ooh and it's the black camera that's £250 !
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#41
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.
#42
I've owned a TZ3 and now own a TZ9.
Both are reasonable cameras, but the low light performance is disappointing. Has this improved on the TZ30?

The other point is that on full zoom the photo quality is not so good and maybe even on a very bright day, a full zoom photo would be not of good enough quality to print out and place on the wall. So I very much doubt if the increase in zoom range to 20x would offer any practical benefit. I just guess these lenses are too small to let in enough light on full zoom.
Personally, I wish they would stick to 10x zoom max & concentrate on bigger better sensors. Maybe that's another niche that could be opened up?

The TZ30 seems to be a few mm thinner than the earlier models, so whilst the earlier TZs can be squeezed into a pocket, the TZ30 should be a much easier fit.
#43
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.

Yes certainly - I'm afraid that I'm still learning the technical side of things so I'll just cover what I have found. For instance when I first used the camera I set it to "iA Mode" I assumed this would just be point+click = pretty picture, but when I loaded it onto my computer the image seemed really noisy (grainy). So I researched a bit and found that if I manually alter the ISO setting this would reduce noise dependent on the lighting, so I've had to play around with this a bit but it certainly has made a difference. I then looked into things like aperture and exposure setting to help with focus and lighting.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if you're willing to learn about the camera and have the patience with it then I do recommend it, I went to the zoo the other day to test it out and I was amazed at the quality of the shots (and still amazed by the zoom!!!). But if you just wanna pick it up and run with it without the willingness to learn I wouldn't recommend it.

I myself am pretty much a novice photographer but some of the shots I got I felt like a pro - so I hope you do find the camera that's right for you. I also hope I answered your question - sorry it went on a bit!
#44
Oh and I also wanted to say that the scenery modes are a really fun feature - I'm impressed with the "through glass" option and the panoramic is so clever!!! Oh and the continuous shooting is clever,, I'm still perfecting the focus on this but it's fun!
#45
does this have the touch to focus feature?
#46
cigbunt
does this have the touch to focus feature?

Yes it does X)
#47
lucky_ducky
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.

Yes certainly - I'm afraid that I'm still learning the technical side of things so I'll just cover what I have found. For instance when I first used the camera I set it to "iA Mode" I assumed this would just be point+click = pretty picture, but when I loaded it onto my computer the image seemed really noisy (grainy). So I researched a bit and found that if I manually alter the ISO setting this would reduce noise dependent on the lighting, so I've had to play around with this a bit but it certainly has made a difference. I then looked into things like aperture and exposure setting to help with focus and lighting.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if you're willing to learn about the camera and have the patience with it then I do recommend it, I went to the zoo the other day to test it out and I was amazed at the quality of the shots (and still amazed by the zoom!!!). But if you just wanna pick it up and run with it without the willingness to learn I wouldn't recommend it.

I myself am pretty much a novice photographer but some of the shots I got I felt like a pro - so I hope you do find the camera that's right for you. I also hope I answered your question - sorry it went on a bit!
lucky_ducky
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.

Yes certainly - I'm afraid that I'm still learning the technical side of things so I'll just cover what I have found. For instance when I first used the camera I set it to "iA Mode" I assumed this would just be point+click = pretty picture, but when I loaded it onto my computer the image seemed really noisy (grainy). So I researched a bit and found that if I manually alter the ISO setting this would reduce noise dependent on the lighting, so I've had to play around with this a bit but it certainly has made a difference. I then looked into things like aperture and exposure setting to help with focus and lighting.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if you're willing to learn about the camera and have the patience with it then I do recommend it, I went to the zoo the other day to test it out and I was amazed at the quality of the shots (and still amazed by the zoom!!!). But if you just wanna pick it up and run with it without the willingness to learn I wouldn't recommend it.

I myself am pretty much a novice photographer but some of the shots I got I felt like a pro - so I hope you do find the camera that's right for you. I also hope I answered your question - sorry it went on a bit!
Many thanks for your reply. I had a quick look into ISO, aperture, shutter speed etc and it seems reasonably straight forward i suppose, though obviously id need to play around with one for a while. Do you now find yourself using the manual modes more than the iA? And if you could upload any of your sample pictures it would be greatly appreciated. I far prefer hearing the opinions and seeing the shots of amateur consumers rather than professionals. Thanks for your time.
#48
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.

Yes certainly - I'm afraid that I'm still learning the technical side of things so I'll just cover what I have found. For instance when I first used the camera I set it to "iA Mode" I assumed this would just be point+click = pretty picture, but when I loaded it onto my computer the image seemed really noisy (grainy). So I researched a bit and found that if I manually alter the ISO setting this would reduce noise dependent on the lighting, so I've had to play around with this a bit but it certainly has made a difference. I then looked into things like aperture and exposure setting to help with focus and lighting.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if you're willing to learn about the camera and have the patience with it then I do recommend it, I went to the zoo the other day to test it out and I was amazed at the quality of the shots (and still amazed by the zoom!!!). But if you just wanna pick it up and run with it without the willingness to learn I wouldn't recommend it.

I myself am pretty much a novice photographer but some of the shots I got I felt like a pro - so I hope you do find the camera that's right for you. I also hope I answered your question - sorry it went on a bit!
lucky_ducky
Noble_6
lucky_ducky
I have had mine for almost a week now and my personal opinion is that the camera is fantastic!!!!!!! It feels sturdy, it looks stylish (IMO) and takes some wonderful shots...however I have had to read up on photography and learn a few things about ISO settings and aperture. If you want a straight forward point and shoot camera - I don't feel this is for you, but if you are willing to learn more about the features and want to learn more about photography this is fantastic value for money.

I love this camera now I have learnt more about the specs - silly really as I researched so many compact ultra zoom cameras based on specs and this one just stood out to me - yet it is the specs that have meant I needed to learn how to use it and I am very pleased with it. I still have a bit to learn but I'm happy to do so :3

Hi, can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel you have to learn and why. I'm seriously considering purchasing this camera, but am a complete novice. Any info would be appreciated.

Yes certainly - I'm afraid that I'm still learning the technical side of things so I'll just cover what I have found. For instance when I first used the camera I set it to "iA Mode" I assumed this would just be point+click = pretty picture, but when I loaded it onto my computer the image seemed really noisy (grainy). So I researched a bit and found that if I manually alter the ISO setting this would reduce noise dependent on the lighting, so I've had to play around with this a bit but it certainly has made a difference. I then looked into things like aperture and exposure setting to help with focus and lighting.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if you're willing to learn about the camera and have the patience with it then I do recommend it, I went to the zoo the other day to test it out and I was amazed at the quality of the shots (and still amazed by the zoom!!!). But if you just wanna pick it up and run with it without the willingness to learn I wouldn't recommend it.

I myself am pretty much a novice photographer but some of the shots I got I felt like a pro - so I hope you do find the camera that's right for you. I also hope I answered your question - sorry it went on a bit!
Many thanks for your reply. I had a quick look into ISO, aperture, shutter speed etc and it seems reasonably straight forward i suppose, though obviously id need to play around with one for a while. Do you now find yourself using the manual modes more than the iA? And if you could upload any of your sample pictures it would be greatly appreciated. I far prefer hearing the opinions and seeing the shots of amateur consumers rather than professionals. Thanks for your time.

Hi - sorry for the super delay, I hadn't seen this post! I am happy to upload a few shots that I took, but how do I do that on this site as I can only seem to attach URL linked pictures rather than my own?

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