Manual for FZ30 is online


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Xandorous

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Ya....was trying to download the manual but think Panny UK has taken it offline already. Could you send it to me please? Check PM. :)

Thanks in advance! :)
 

calvinlo

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Xandorous said:
Ya....was trying to download the manual but think Panny UK has taken it offline already. Could you send it to me please? Check PM. :)

Thanks in advance! :)
No...it's stil there :bsmilie: I just checked it. You must choose "AV Product" under PRODUCT CATEGORY, "Digital Still Camera" under PRODUCT SUB CATEGORY, and then ""DMCFZ30PP" under MODEL NUMBER...then Bingo!!!

:bigeyes: I just saw the file size for one RAw picture => 18MB!!! (pg. 31) :bigeyes: What's going on???
 

jhansolo

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Just read thru the manual, it is 740g full loaded, this is seriously heavy man. Now I'm so split between this and KM D5. Both are interesting and almost equally heavy. As much I like to go RAW, FZ30 is certainly not quite the there with that. No mention of conversion software as well. Let's see how they prize themselves.
 

calvinlo

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jhansolo said:
Just read thru the manual, it is 740g full loaded, this is seriously heavy man. Now I'm so split between this and KM D5. Both are interesting and almost equally heavy.
740g is not heavy lah...Wait till you carry my 4Kg camera + lens. :sweat:

Anyway, if I'm not wrong, it's not right to compare the FZ30 and the D5 becasue the D5 is either without lens or just with a kit lens (18mm~70mm). If you try to mount up a 300mm F4 lens on the D5 to match the maximum zoom range of the FZ30, I think it'll easily goes up to 2kg... :sweat:

But you're right about the RAW. Seems that Panasonic still not up to the mark yet. If you are prone to shooting in RAW, then I don't think the FZ30 is a very good choice...unless it has a big buffer or a super-high buffer transfer rate.
 

Firefox

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Looks like it's not going to be able to deliver low-noise shots...
 

Firefox

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calvinlo said:
But you're right about the RAW. Seems that Panasonic still not up to the mark yet. If you are prone to shooting in RAW, then I don't think the FZ30 is a very good choice...unless it has a big buffer or a super-high buffer transfer rate.
Burst is disabled when in tiff/ raw mode.. :thumbsd:
 

jhansolo

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calvinlo said:
Anyway, if I'm not wrong, it's not right to compare the FZ30 and the D5 becasue the D5 is either without lens or just with a kit lens (18mm~70mm).
I'm full aware of the weight issue with D5, FZ30 is definitely one up on 12x, but almost everythingelse it would be D5, that makes my decision very difficult now. Of course the feel factor is something is on the top of my list which I can only decide when they are finally released.

But manual zoom and a real focus ring is the way to go. I think FZ30 is lack of focal distant on the lens or the in EVF.

I just have to wait and see, hopefully in the coming Comdex I might be able to see both cams on display.
 

airconvent

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mm..can't seem to download the files.
its 8MP! any mention on ccd size...?
more megapixel and small ccd means noiser images!
 

Hong Jia

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CCD size... 1/1.8" ??? Read the post in the dpreview...
 

eow

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it using the same battery for lc40,lc5,lc1 rated at 1400mah
 

Xandorous

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mm..can't seem to download the files.
You're not the only one. I tried whole of last night and now still can't download it! Last night the error message was "server not found" and now always getting the "connection was reset" message. Very frustrating!!! :angry: :angry: :angry:
 

ken111111

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Xandorous said:
You're not the only one. I tried whole of last night and now still can't download it! Last night the error message was "server not found" and now always getting the "connection was reset" message. Very frustrating!!! :angry: :angry: :angry:
maybe u want to try this direct link to download
http://techdocs.panasonic.co.uk/GetDoc.aspx?did=133928&fmt=pdf&lang=en&src=3

Use a download manager program
 

Hong Jia

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The specs are not bad for a prosumer camera...

But there is still no TTL and optical viewfinder...

Some questions i have

1) What size thread would the lens be now

2) 1/1.8" CCD, can it take relatively less noisy picture at ISO 400, since the sensor is so small, 8MP some more.

3) Would the internal flash be high enough tat it does not vignet with the lotus hood on

4) Would the AF be faster?

Somethings i like about this camera

1) Manual Zoom

2) 2 jog dials, just like D70s, real good plus plus point
 

airconvent

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airconvent

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Here is an excerpt from someone on dpreview who listed out the cool new features :





1. 12x optical zoom - digital zoom turned off
2. Front and rear manual dials
3. higher mounted flash and hot shoe


4. 2" tiltable and rotatable LCD, plus backlight compensation
5. Logical order and arrangement of back panel buttons
6. Logical arrangement of 'Burst' and 'OIS' buttons on top of camera
7. Centered viewfinder, lens and tripod mount makes for nice balance
8. Side memory card access door
9. Manual Zoom ring
10. Manual Focus ring
11. Shutter button location well placed
12. Location of flash open lever
13. Remote socket for remote shutter cable
14. Battery door design (safety catch) & its position away from the tripod receptacle

15. 8 MP with RAW
16. FAT 32 = 2GB flash cards
17. Instant start up = no need to wait for lens to extend
18. Manual focus assist on the LCD
19. Various aspect ratio selection
20. Program shift function which lets you change setting even in Program AE mode

21. AF Macro (no longer on dial)
22. F11
23. Food mode (this is useful for me, but lets see how well it actually does)
24. WB setting for flash
25. 'Moveable' one area focusing; example spot focus target can be moved from center to any of the 9 positions (see page 89).

26. Ability to control individually the settings for Contrast, Sharpness, Satruation and even Noise Reduction (page 92)

27. Ability to use flash in Burst mode
 

airconvent

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And the specs as posted by someone else on dpreview.
Looks like going to be noisy. bigger CCD but MP increaded from 5 to 8!
BUT VGA movie mode now!

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Specifications
Digital Camera: Information for your safety
Camera Effective pixels: 8,000,000 pixels
Image sensor: 1/1.8q CCD, total pixel number 8,320,000 pixels
Primary color filter
Lens: Optical 12k zoom, fl7.4 mm to 88.8 mm (35 mm film camera
equivalent: 35 mm to 420 mm)/F2.8 to F3.7
Digital zoom: Max. 4k
Focus: Normal/AF MACRO/Manual/Macro, 9-area-focusing/
3-area-focusing (High speed)/1-area-focusing (High speed)/
1-area-focusing/Spot-focusing
Focus range: AF: 30 cm (0.98 feet) (Wide)/2 m (6.56 feet) (Tele) to ¶
AF MACRO/MF: 5 cm (0.16 feet) (Wide)/
2 m (6.56 feet) (Tele) to ¶
Shutter system: Electronic shutteriMechanical shutter
Burst recording
Burst speed: 3 frames/second (High speed), 2 frames/second (Low speed),
Approx. 2 frames/second (Unlimited)
Number of recordable
pictures: Max. 9 frames (Standard), max. 5 frames (Fine), Depends on
the remaining capacity of the card. (Unlimited)
(Performance in burst recording is only with SD Memory Card.
MultiMediaCard performance will be less.)
Motion picture recording: 640k480 pixels/320k240 pixels
(30 or 10 frames/second with audio. The maximum recording
time depends on the capacity of the card.)
ISO sensitivity: AUTO/80/100/200/400
Shutter speed: 60 to 1/2000th
[STARRY SKY] mode: 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds
White balance: AUTO/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Flash/White set1/White set2
Exposure (AE): Program AE (P)/Aperture-priority AE (A)/
Shutter-priority AE (S)/Manual exposure (M)
Exposure compensation (1/3 EV Step, j2 EV to i2 EV)
Metering mode: Multiple/Center weighted/Spot
LCD monitor: 2.0q low-temperature polycrystalline TFT LCD
(235,000 pixels) (field of view ratio about 100%)
Viewfinder: Color LCD Viewfinder (235,000 pixels)
(field of view ratio about 100%)
(with diopter adjustment j4 to i4 diopter)
Flash: Built-in pop up flash
Flash range: (ISO AUTO)
Approx. 30 cm (0.98 feet) to 7.0 m (23.0 feet) (Wide)
Power Source: DC 8.4 V
Power Consumption: 2.1 W (When recording with LCD Monitor)
2.0 W (When recording with Viewfinder)
1.2 W (When playing back with LCD Monitor)
1.1 W (When playing back with Viewfinder)
Others
138
VQT0R81
AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON (Forced ON/
Red-eye reduction), Slow sync./Red-eye reduction,
Forced OFF
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Recording media: SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard
Picture size
Still picture: When the aspect ratio setting is [ ]
3264k2448 pixels, 2560k1920 pixels, 2048k1536 pixels,
1600k1200 pixels, 1280k960 pixels
When the aspect ratio setting is [ ]
3072k1728 pixels, 1920k1080 pixels
When the aspect ratio setting is [ ]
3248k2160 pixels, 2560k1712 pixels, 2048k1360 pixels,
Motion pictures: 640k480 pixels/320k240 pixels
Quality: Fine/Standard/TIFF/RAW
Recording file format
Still Picture: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2
standard)/TIFF (RGB), DPOF corresponding
Picture with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2
standard)i640k480 pixels
QuickTime (picture with audio)
Motion pictures: QuickTime Motion JPEG (motion pictures with audio)
Interface
Digital: USB 2.0 (Full Speed)
Analog video/audio: NTSC/PAL Composite (Switched by menu),
Audio line output (monaural)
Terminal
REMOTE: φ 2.5 mm jack
AV OUT/DIGITAL: Dedicated jack (8 pin)
DC IN: type 3 jack
Dimensions: 140.75 mm (W)k85.5 mm (H)k138.1 mm (D) (5 9/16q (W)k
3 3/8q (H)k5 7/16q (D)) (excluding the projection part)
Mass: Approx. 674 g/23.8 oz
(excluding Memory Card and battery)
Approx. 740 g/26.1 oz (with Memory Card and battery)
Operating Temperature: 0 oC to 40 oC (32 oF to 104 oF)
Operating Humidity: 10% to 80%
Battery Charger
(Panasonic DE-993B): Information for your safety
Equipment mobility: Movable
Battery Pack (lithium-ion)
(Panasonic CGR-S006A): Information for your safety
Input: 110 to 240 V 50/60 Hz, 0.15 A
Output: CHARGE 8.4 V 0.43 A
Voltage/capacity: 7.2 V, 710 mAh
 

ken111111

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airconvent said:
can you send the files to us or upload it somewhere?
can't seem to be able to access the server now. I suspect too many people trying to get info and the server simply overwhelmed....
Uploaded the pdf file here:

http://s8.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2QDQMA92VGIMA1B8R32D9QRGZG

Link only valid for 7 days
 

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