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Panasonic announces DMC-ZS30 and DMC-ZS25 cameras

Jan 7, 2013 at 18:30 GMT

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-ZS30 (TZ40 in Europe) and ZS25 (TZ35 in Europe) compact superzoom cameras. The higher specified ZS30 features a 20x optical zoom, 1080p60 video and Wi-Fi capability. The biggest new feature on offer, however is Near Field Communication (NFC), a close-proximity radio connection that the ZS30 can use to initiate a Wi-Fi connection with a compatible device simply by tapping the two together. The cameras will be available at the end of March in both black and white color schemes.

Many Android and Windows smartphones feature NFC communication but it is not available on current iPhone models.

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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30: The Perfect Camera for any Situation

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) – The new LUMIX DMC-ZS30 is Panasonic’s most advanced photo and video hybrid compact camera to date. With exceptional image quality and a host of features, including a 20x Optical Zoom, 50p Full HD video recording and Wi-Fi connectivity, it’s ideal for those looking for a camera that ticks all the boxes, without compromise.

Wherever you are in the world, the LUMIX ZS30 – one of the world’s slimmest 20x Optical Zoom digital compact cameras - is perfect for documenting any moment, no matter what your situation or surroundings. Packed into a simple, smart and sleek design, and available in a range of three different colours including black, silver and white there’s a LUMIX ZS30 to suit every preference. 

All round performance
The LUMIX ZS30 is packed with a whole range of features that provide outstanding performance in every environment. No matter what time of the day or night, the camera guarantees outstanding results due to the 24mm Ultra Wide Angle LEICA DC lens and 20x Optical Zoom.

Whether using the ZS30 at dawn, dusk or in the midday sun, an improved 18.1 megapixel, high sensitivity MOS Sensor and new Venus Engine ensure crystal clear images in any condition. Similarly, if it is moving images that you are after, the ZS30’s Full HD AVCHD video recording capability and stereo microphone provides uncompromising quality.

Remote controlled view finding, easy uploads and sharing
The integrated Wi-Fi of the LUMIX DMC-ZS30 is simple to set up and opens a world of new possibilities. By making use of this new feature and wirelessly connecting your camera to a mobile device or smartphone, you can now fully control your photography remotely. With the ZS30’s remote shooting capability, the days of setting up a timed image of you and your family and hoping for the best are over.  After starting the LUMIX App on your smartphone or tablet you can transform the device’s screen into a real-time viewfinder and control the camera’s zoom and shutter directly from the device, ensuring that you can get into that ideal photo-ready position before using the remote shutter release for that perfect holiday picture. The ZS30’s Wi-Fi capability also means that you can share your pictures and movies with friends and family instantly, without having to first upload them to a computer.

There’s no need to worry about running out of storage space either. The ZS30 allows you to easily save photos and videos to the cloud with the LUMIX Club Cloud Sync service.  Furthermore with a new NFC capability, connecting the ZS30 to a Wi-Fi connection couldn’t be easier.  One simple tap and the camera will recognise the settings of your internet enabled device allowing you to save, send and share.

Effortless perfection with innovative and intelligent modes
The ZS30’s intuitive and easy-to-use features allow everyone to take exceptional photos and movies. Whether you have years of experience or are completely new to photography, with the ZS30 you can achieve stunning shots thanks to a wide range of innovative modes such as soft focus or toy effect.

The new 5 Axis correction and inclination correction capability counteracts any tilt or handshake. Whether you find yourself wandering through a bustling foreign city or travelling along a bumpy road in the middle of nowhere, you can be certain of perfect quality video. Similarly, thanks to the camera’s Light Speed AF, which achieves focus in just 0.1 seconds, you can capture incredible quality images in the blink of an eye. Furthermore, with 10fps (Frames Per Second) continuous shooting at the touch of a button, you can capture and review a selection of shots, choosing the one you like best.

The ZS30 also provides Intelligent Auto features, including Face Recognition that remembers your friends and family and adjusts the camera’s settings accordingly. No matter what the world throws at you, the ZS30 is designed to do the hard work for you and ensure that you get that perfect shot every time.

Be creative
Every moment is unique and the ZS30 allows your photography to be as well, thanks to a wide range of creative modes. Whether you want to take stunning panoramic shots or retouch your photos on the move, there is something to suit every style.  The High Dynamic Range feature allows you to capture natural looking images automatically, even when shooting against the light, while the High Speed Video mode lets you add artistic flair to your movies by enabling super slow-motion recording.

Instinctive photography perfected
Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Marketing Manager, comments: “We think the LUMIX ZS30 is the best all-round compact camera available. In any environment, the ZS30 is capable of capturing those special moments easily and with exceptional quality. The Wi-Fi capability of the camera also means that users can now save and share these amazing memories with family more easily than ever before. Whether new to photography or a seasoned professional, the ZS30 is the ideal compact option for all standards of photographer.”

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The ZS30 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March in black and white.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS25

Panasonic will also be launching the DMC-ZS25 which has the same great features as the ZS30 but includes a slightly smaller 16.1 megapixel, high sensitivity MOS Sensor and is without Wi-Fi connectivity.

The ZS25 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March in black and titanium.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 and DMC-ZS25 specifications

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 (Lumix DMC-TZ40)Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 (Lumix DMC-TZ35)
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3672
Other resolutions4876 x 3264, 4896 x 2752, 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2752, 3664 x 3664, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2992 x 2992, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2448 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1920, 1536 x 1536,640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels18 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200, 6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • 3D: MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–480 mm
Optical zoom20×
Maximum apertureF3.3 - F6.4
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000460,000
Touch screenYesNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • 3D
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Sports
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Hand Held Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • Underwater
  • High Speed Video
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included12MB internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260
Weight (inc. batteries)198 g (0.44 lb / 6.98 oz)193 g (0.43 lb / 6.81 oz)
Dimensions105 x 59 x 28 mm (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltInNone