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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

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      21.11.2012 21:33
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      A high end camera for a beginner, lower end for an experienced.

      PRICE
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      The camera is a very reasonable £230.00 isn (depending on where you get the camera from) though I would usually not pay this amount for a camera, it was a present to me and I'm very glad I got it as it is worth every penny.

      CAMERA SPEC
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      It has all the things you would expect in an expensive camera, for example the red eye correction, a self timer and white balance adjustment.
      The face tracking function on this camera I believe is better than most, picking up faces 99% of the time.
      The camera is available in black, brown, red, white and silver. I have it in white, which makes it look more girly and stylish. Although it is what seems to be an average 14megapixel the picture quality is outstanding.
      It has a three inch LCD screen which is large for a compact camera and handy to see your pictures in fantastic quality and not have to squint!
      It also has a 20x zoom which is incredible, and you keep the quality too which is not something you get in most cameras!
      Having a variety of settings you can use it in most situations, for example in still image mode you have: soft skin, scenery and underwater just to name a few.
      Not only is it a camera though, it is also a video recorder with high definition capabilities so not only can you catch beautiful still moments but also a HD film!
      Rather than being powered by disposable batteries it is powered by a built in one that you can charge by plugging it in your computer or into the wall sockets- which is better for the environment!

      Something that I had not heard of before in the camera world was the GPS which the Panasonic Lumix has, it automatically 'geo-tags' your photos. (For those who don't know what geo-tagging is which I didn't before getting this camera, it is when it tracks exactly where that photo was taken, adding an extra dimension to the still image) which is especially nice if you are thinking of using it for holidays.


      FIRST THOUGHTS
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      At first glance it does look larger than the average camera and it may be a little bit but it does not make too much difference and the weight is roughly the same as ones I have had in the past.
      The casing is a good quality metal which makes it rather durable, I must admit I have dropped in already though there are no scratches or any internal damage as far as I know so I would say that it is probably going to last a while though you expect this with the price you pay.

      NEGATIVES
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      It takes a while to process the picture when using the wide angle settings, however when you are capturing a larger angle, I believe that it should be expected to take a little longer in order to keep the outstanding quality so this for me is not a deal breaker.
      When it comes to cameras I am quite old fashioned and would have liked to have the option of an optical view finder, rather than relying entirely on the screen, it does make it harder to take a picture sometimes when you have to hold it out in front you, though those with a steady hand will probably not be effected as much as I may be.
      Battery life is generally good, if just taking pictures it can last hours (5-10 hours) though if shooting video it lasts only about an hour. Even less if your GPS is on!

      OVERALL
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      I still probably wouldn't spend this amount of money on a camera, though it does make a lovely gift. Fantastic quality, brilliant for experienced and beginner photographers.

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