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Product Spotlight: Panasonic's Lumix ZS30 an excellent Wi-Fi-enabled compact megazoom

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Product Spotlight: Panasonic's Lumix ZS30 an excellent Wi-Fi-enabled compact megazoom

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The ZS30 is an impressive compact megazoom for casual and more advanced users and a definite step-up in features from last year's excellent ZS20.

Hey there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30. One of our top camera picks fro 2013. While there is no shortage of quality megazooms this year, the ZS30 stands out because it's across the board good with features for just about every type of shooter. So, for starters, you have a nice 20x zoom lens, a 3-inch high-res touchscreen and inside an 18-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor. Now, the sensor combined with a powerful processor and a high speed auto-focusing system gets you all around fast shooting performance and very good photo and video quality. Its Intelligent Auto mode is smart enough to get you the snapshots you want, but you also get fun shooting modes for filters and effects, easy panoramas and high speed slow-mo video. And for those who want more control, there are semi- manual and manual modes too. Controls and use are overall good and despite its compact size, it's comfortable to use. Like much of its competition, the ZS30 has built-in GPS and WiFi, but Panasonic's added NFC as well making pairing and sharing with NFC-enabled Android devices really easy. You simply launch the app and tap the camera to your phone and a WiFi connection is established between them. The app can be used for remote control of the camera as well as viewing and transferring its contents to your device and there's an iOS app too, of course. So, iPhone users can take advantage of shooting and sharing on the go as well. Basically, if you're looking for a higher end pocketable compact with some zoom range, but don't wanna sacrifice being able to easily share your shots online without running back to a computer, this should be at the top of your list. However, if it's not quite what you're looking for, be sure to check out our other top picks for 2013. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Panasonic Lumix ZS30. Thanks for watching.

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