A powerful 35x optical zoom lens* draws your subjects
right up close with 16.1-megapixel full-resolution. This lets
you freely capture decisive sports scenes, along with the
natural expressions of people and animals, and details
that you can't even see with your bare eyes.
Also, the Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 35x zoom ratio to powerful 78.8x zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 1,970mm) at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.
* 35mm camera equivalent: 25-875mm.
You can set the aperture to control the depth of field, and adjust the shutter speed to freeze moving subjects or create a motion blur that exaggerates the feeling of movement.
The Creative Control (in the recording mode) and the Creative Retouch (in the playback mode) give you the expressive power to turn ordinary situations into highly special scenes.
The Panorama Shot Mode in the Scene Mode makes it possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous image.
The 16.1-megapixel of large image sensor offers high resolution image so that it is still affordable to crop the part you want to enlarge out of the picture after shooting.
Blurring image due to handshake often occurs in shooting using high zoom, however, the Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes it without causing deterioration of image quality.
You can record HD video in Motion JPEG format (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps). Recording motion image can be started with a press of an independent motion picture button, which is extremely convenient for you to switch photo / video shooting instantly.
In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. You just press, aim and shoot. The detection and correction functions go to work to give you beautiful photos and videos* with maximum ease.
* The applicable iA Mode functions vary with photos and videos.
The DMC-LZ30 integrates HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the Scene Mode. Several still pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels are overlaid to produce a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure).
This model has a 3.0-inch 460K-dot LCD with a 100% field of view. LUMIX's acclaimed Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. It lets you share the fun of viewing images with family and friends, too.