Panasoic unveiled the new eight megapixel DMC-FZ30 digital SLR camera which sports 12x optical zoom. The FZ30 follows on the FZ20, with more megapixels, a mechanically linked zoom ring, higher resolution flip-down and twist LCD monitor, RAW capture, longer exposure times, improved menu navigation and faster operation (especially startup).
The 12x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens, which has been handed down since the first launch of the FZ series, underwent further development to provide even more superb picture rendering. The other key feature, the Optical Image Stabilizer, MEGA O.I.S. is deservedly continued as Panasonic advanced the theory that it should be standard in all digital still cameras. The newly incorporated Extra Optical Zoom extends the zoom ratio by using the center part of the high resolution CCD, to achieve 15.3x for 5-Megapixel and 19.1x for 3-Megapixel images with minimal deterioration.
Mores specifications of this camera can be found at DP Review