Test: The Panasonic TZ30 Compact Zoom

Recently I spent a few days in Lisbon playing with the Panasonic TZ30, Panasonics latest addition to its highly successful TZ range of compact travel zooms and a replacement for the generally well received TZ20.

The TZ range of compact travel zoom cameras are well regarded and have been hugely popular for some time. The combination of an impressive zoom range packed into a reasonably petite and portable body that offers user friendly, hassle free handling has consistently proved a winning formula over the years.

(Check out the test images at Flickr )

Canon G1X: A photographer’s delight?

The other week I spent a pleasant few days using a Canon Powershot G1 X the company’s recently available top end enthusiast “Super G” compact camera.In truth I knew the Canon G1 X would very likely be a good camera. A number of recent on-line reviews have heaped much praise upon it. What surprised me was just how good it was.

As a former G7 owner I like to think am fussy about what an enthusiast compact should consist of. Well this new Canon doesn’t disappoint overall because it can deliver in spades most notably in image quality and in particular in its low light capacity.

(For a look at the test shoots check out my Flickr G1X “set”)

Panasonic 12-35mm

Panasonic Announce Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Lens

Panasonic have announced a new lens to their expanding range of Micro 4/3rds Lenses. The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Lens . Crystallising Panasonic’s optical technologies, the “X” lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghost and flare and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency. The new LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm lens

Panasonic 12-35mm

offers a versatile zoom range of 12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent: 24-70mm) featuring F2.8 brightness at entire zoom range. It is suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes, from dynamic landscapes to portraits, taking advantage of beautiful defocus or fast shutter speed.
Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimise the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

The lens should be available in July at a cost of £999.

Click here for more info.