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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 09/28/2015
Based on 70 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 10.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video4.6   above average
Lens4.5   exceptional
Quality4.4   above average
Image4.2   average
Size4.2   average
Photo4.0   below average
Price3.9   below average
Battery3.6   average


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Battery

Battery:
"The 4 x 6 photos print out is sharp(I have not try to print larger size yet) comparing with my wife's Canon SD700IS, but not as good as my old Olympus C740(I enjoyed the C740 so much till its battery compartment door broke)."
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"If you've owned a digital camera that uses AA batteries you've probably had the same experience I've had...they go dead fast... very short life."
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"Someone made a comment that the battery was hard to find unlike AA or AAA batteries."
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"excellent battery life."
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"I bought a semi-hard case from circuit city - highly advised - fits great with spare battery."
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"It's easy to connect to the computer to upload pictures and the battery does actually have a pretty long life (longer than I was expecting)."
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"Anyway, I recommend buying an extra battery so as to have a charged one at any moment."
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"The 4 x 6 photos print out is sharp(I have not try to print larger size yet) comparing with my wife's Canon SD700IS, but not as good as my old Olympus C740(I enjoyed the C740 so much till its battery compartment door broke)."
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash is weak [all manufacturers are sadly underpowering the flash in order to gain on the shots per battery charge scale."
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"Noisy beyond ISO 100 and color accuracy of flash shots are the weakness of this camera."
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"Unfortunately yes: the flash."
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"excellent auto fill in flash for backlit outdoor shots."
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"Selecting the slow synch flash mode and upping the ISO to around 200 or 400 usually gave a really nice balanced flash effect."
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"Noisy beyond ISO 100 and color accuracy of flash shots are the weakness of this camera."
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"The IS feature works well and allows an extra stop or so of no flash low light shooting."
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"The flash on the FX30 is pretty limited and to compensate it has to raise the sensitivity."
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Image

Image:
"The image stabilization system is the best of all, since it is very hard to get a blurry picture."
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"This product is extremely disappointing in terms of image quality."
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"I considered the possibility of a bad unit, but unlike some reviewers who experienced severe image quality problems, the photos come out basically okay, just darker than the preview."
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"Optical image stabilization is very effective indeed."
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"I bought this camera primarily because of the wide-angle lens and the image stabilization, as well as the reputation of the Leica lens."
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"the good:picture quality - excellent - nothing more to saysize - tiny."
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"If I want fine pics, I use my DSLR, but this little thing is SO fun to use and so well built..."
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"Image stabilization works well, and helps keep the ISO low."
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Lens

Lens:
"Main weakness of the small lens is noticeable inward curve of vertical lines (buildings on a city streetfront) when shot at extreme wide angle (to maximize available light by using the widest aperture) -- a somewhat surreal effect."
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"Once you've had a 28mm wide-angle lens camera, you'll never be satisfied w any other."
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"This camera takes great photos, and the lens response time is awesome!"
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"After having purchased a silly Kodak waterproof, to fill in the gap between my first LUMIX being sent back because the probing lens would not return, yet it advised us to o shut it off to return the lens, they were nice enough to send it back."
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"The lens is simply fantastic, 28mm (effective) wide angle is rare among such cameras."
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"The wide aperture (f 2.8) at the wide angle is great for low light [The lenses on the TZ3 and TZ4 are not as fast]."
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"I bought this camera primarily because of the wide-angle lens and the image stabilization, as well as the reputation of the Leica lens."
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Photo

Photo:
"Not only is it slim and easy to carry in the purse, it takes awesome photos."
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"not that great for close up photos."
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"I considered the possibility of a bad unit, but unlike some reviewers who experienced severe image quality problems, the photos come out basically okay, just darker than the preview."
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"This camera takes great photos, and the lens response time is awesome!"
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"Very good quality photos and unexpectedly for videos also."
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"good quality photos."
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"Even set up right, photos using the flash still look too shiny whit, and photos taken at high ISOs are pretty noisy."
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"This camera is small, lightweight and takes great photos."
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Price

Price:
"other points:I bought a cheap 2gb kingston card - not recommended - VERY slow."
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"One downside is that it is not USB2 so transfer to PC is SLOW--but easily got around by buying a cheap card reader (less than $10).7."
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"Be reasonable, One cannot ask for 100% perfection in consideration of its price and size."
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"This camera is good for the price I got it for."
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"Best of all, it felt like it had the best price in the market for what I got."
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"One downside is that it is not USB2 so transfer to PC is SLOW--but easily got around by buying a cheap card reader (less than $10).7."
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"All in all a great camera for the money!"
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"Also for the money has best features."
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Quality

Quality:
"If you have some experience you have the freedom to adjust and improve the pictures quality but, when in automatic, I was a bit disappointed with the performance."
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"This product is extremely disappointing in terms of image quality."
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"I considered the possibility of a bad unit, but unlike some reviewers who experienced severe image quality problems, the photos come out basically okay, just darker than the preview."
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"I highly recommend this camera for anyone who loves to take pictures that has great quality; and the slim design makes it easy to take with you anywhere."
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"Very good quality photos and unexpectedly for videos also."
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"fabulous quality pictures with no blur."
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"The pictures are great, and the videos that it can take are good quality."
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"The best technology, the best quality, its number one in the market."
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Size

Size:
"Steps are missing and the icons too small."
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"Be reasonable, One cannot ask for 100% perfection in consideration of its price and size."
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"Main weakness of the small lens is noticeable inward curve of vertical lines (buildings on a city streetfront) when shot at extreme wide angle (to maximize available light by using the widest aperture) -- a somewhat surreal effect."
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"I must say this is a great product: easy to use, beautiful photos, small... An only one concern: some options are not easy to find."
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"I'm not an avid photographer, but I wanted something small and easy to use, and this camera is certainly that."
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"Used the camera for the first time and enjoyed all the features, especially the zoom and the small size and weight."
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"The design is excellent, very stylish, and it is so slim and small that you can carry it in your pocket as if it were a cell phone."
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"This camera is small, lightweight and takes great photos."
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Video

Video:
"Yah there's noise at high ISO and if you blow the picture 16X and look at them with a microscope but if you buy a small digital camera for [...]$ to produce movie posters, well the problem might not be the camera but the person holding it."
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"Video is very good."
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"Very good quality photos and unexpectedly for videos also."
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"The pictures are great, and the videos that it can take are good quality."
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"The bottom line is, I was able to carry this tiny camera in my pocket, hands free, taking good stills AND videos all day long--while I saw poor souls lugging around large cameras and video cams."
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"The video is very good considering it is a camera and not a camcorder."
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