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Panasonic outs Lumix TZ30 (Lumix ZS20) ultra-thin camera

by Steven Williamson on 31 January 2012, 16:28

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The latest craze to make 2012’s gizmos, gadgets and devices as thin as humanly possible has spread into the world of cameras, as Panasonic reveals the Lumix DMC-TZ30.

Featuring a 20x optical zoom, a 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (extending to 480mm) with Nano Surface Coating technology and a 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, the body of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is just 1.1in thick making it the ultimate compact digital camera.



Burst shooting can be captured in full resolution at just 10 frames per second and full HD 1,920 x 1,080 video can be shot at 60p in AVCHD format. It features a 3in 460K-dot-resolution touchscreen, an enhanced built-in GPS and a Dolby Digital-enhanced built-in microphone.

Check out the full technical specifications:

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4320 x 3240
Other resolutions 4320 x 3240, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2056, 3232 x 3232,3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2736 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2304 x 2304, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1920, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 14.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 15.3 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Power O.I.S.
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24 – 480 mm
Optical zoom 20×
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Live View

Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18")
Number of focus points 23
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3"
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F6.4
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.4 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot

Exposure compensation ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD

Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 12MB internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless None
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 260
Weight (inc. batteries) 206 g (0.45 lb / 7.27 oz)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 28 mm (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.1")
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS BuiltIn

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 will be launched as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 in North America. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, though launch is expected to be in March.


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