LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic TS30 has a Fixed Type 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
TS30 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 (Compare) or Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (Digital IXUS 100 IS) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Panasonic TS30 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1.3 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1300 sec . Unfortunately TS30 doesn't have an external flash port so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic TS30 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 23 points to choose from.
With Panasonic TS30, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and MPEG-4 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution . TS30 has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Panasonic TS30 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or Samsung SH100 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Panasonic TS30 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Panasonic TS30 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 250 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 253 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
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Current Lowest price for Panasonic TS30 is $138.00