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Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45

Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
55
Overall
46

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS25
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS35
Panasonic ZS45
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 249g - 108 x 60 x 32mm
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ57
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS40
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS50
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Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the ZS30 (18MP) and the ZS45 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS30 was revealed 24 months before the ZS45 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the ZS30 matches up against the ZS45 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Panasonic ZS45

 ZS30 ZS45 
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS45 over the Panasonic ZS30

 ZS45 ZS30 
RevealedJanuary 2015January 2013Fresher by 24 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k920kCrisper screen (+120k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS30 and Panasonic ZS45

 ZS30 ZS45 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS30 comes with external dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS45 has measurements of 108mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the ZS30 versus the ZS45.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS30 and ZS45 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is hard to picture the gap in sensor sizing purely by seeing specs. The graphic below should provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS30 and ZS45.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should count on the Panasonic ZS30 to produce extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The older ZS30 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS45 Portrait photography advice
33
good resolution (18 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
37
resolution is good (16MP)
features face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS30
Street photography with Panasonic ZS45
66
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
lighter than competition in class (198g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
69
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (249g)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS45 as a Sports photography camera
46
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18MP)
provides tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200s)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery power (260 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
56
great zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
great battery life (350 per charge)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS30
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS45
69
lighter than competition in class (198g)
provides touch focus
good resolution (18MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
bad battery power (260 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
71
great battery life (350 per charge)
lighter than others in class (249g)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (480mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS45 Landscape photography advice
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relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery power (260 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
48
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
great battery life (350 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS45 as a Vlogging camera
35
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (198g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (249 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Panasonic ZS30 vs Panasonic ZS45 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS30 and Panasonic ZS45
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ40 Lumix DMC-TZ57
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-01-07 2015-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4896 x 3672 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 21
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-480mm (20.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 920k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.40 m 6.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 198 gr (0.44 lb) 249 gr (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 108 x 60 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 photos 350 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $250 $300