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Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10

Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot D30 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
46
Overall
40

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Key Specs

Canon D30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 218g - 109 x 68 x 28mm
  • Launched February 2014
Panasonic ZS10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
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Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Canon D30 and Panasonic ZS10, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the D30 (12MP) and the ZS10 (14MP) is relatively close and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The D30 was unveiled 3 years later than the ZS10 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a complete comparison, here is a simple summary of how the D30 scores against the ZS10 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon D30 over the Panasonic ZS10

 D30 ZS10 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014January 2011More recent by 38 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS10 over the Canon D30

 ZS10 D30 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon D30 and Panasonic ZS10

 D30 ZS10 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Physical Comparison

If you're going to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon D30 features exterior dimensions of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS10 has dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 219 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the D30 versus the ZS10.

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the D30 and ZS10 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 top view buttons comparison

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The graphic below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the D30 and ZS10.

To sum up, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Panasonic ZS10 to render greater detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more modern D30 will have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 sensor size comparison

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon D30 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS10 Portrait photography factors
33
you can focus manually
includes face detection focusing
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
30
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon D30 Street photography information
Panasonic ZS10 Street photography information
61
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus by touch
lighter than others in class (219 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon D30
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS10
37
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proofing
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
47
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery power (260 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon D30 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS10 Travel photography highlights
60
weather proofing
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
67
lighter than others in class (219g)
supports focus by touch
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
bad battery power (260 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon D30
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS10
44
you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
42
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery power (260 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D30 Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS10 Vlogging advice
33
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone port
34
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (219g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic port
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Canon D30 vs Panasonic ZS10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D30 and Panasonic ZS10
 Canon PowerShot D30Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon PowerShot D30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Alternate name - Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-02-12 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 4 Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 461 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218 grams (0.48 lbs) 219 grams (0.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 shots 260 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $329 $350