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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x Jan 2015
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Waterproof- Down to 8 m / 26 ft. Shockproof- Up to 1.5 m / 5 ft. Freezeproof- Down to -10 / 14 . More
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Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 80 owner reviews this waterproof camera has an average owner rating of 74 out of 100.

Good Size

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. D J Nuttall mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review “Nice compact camera”. Ian Bell mentioned “I needed a compact, waterproof, grand-children proof camera.” in his review. Last year Rob P said “The best compact, waterproof, shockproof camera i have tested” in his review of this digital camera.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was tight. Jeremy wrote “The images are very poor! It is water tight and the underwater images are acceptable” although he gave the product a score of 20 out of 100. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was thin. Sarakani said “Wonderful results for such a slim, compact and inexpensive camera” in their review of this digital camera.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owner who purchased it thought it was easy to carry around.

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Robust

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Alison Few rated it as very good and she said “Very good purchase used in Egypt took brilliant underwater camera”. Ecp said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review “Significantly better than a disposable underwater camera” . Ecp also mentioned “The kids had great fun making underwater movies too”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Amazon Customer said on Amazon last year “We run a small fire safety business and now have 4 of these cameras very robust and great pictures” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “All the usual hallmarks of a rugged camera are incorporated in the p”.

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Reasonably Priced

Nine Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers concluded that it was good value for money. Last year Customer H wrote “Great value” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review. Durf gave the product an excellent review and mentioned on Amazon “Shoot at a good price” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30. Ecp said “That's not to detract from a camera that's good value” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was cheap. Ecp scored it 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “Then it's not expensive”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owner who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Pen Name mentioned in their review on Amazon two years ago “For a cheap underwater camera this was perfect! Originally I was looking for cheaper than this”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people considered that it was able to produce good images. Durf scored it very highly and said in their review of this digital camera “Takes good pictures and footage”. Two years ago Ecp wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review “Takes decent pics”. Ed gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said “Takes a great photo, was brilliant in the seawater”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owner who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

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Popular Choice

Across all digital cameras, the Lumix DMC-FT30 is one the most popular products currently available for purchase.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Panasonic is one of the superior digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its waterproof cameras.

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Good Video Capture

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good for video recording. Hondacxrider wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 two years ago “Fortunately all videos backed up” .

Good Technical Features

Some customers who bought the product concluded that it had good features. Customer H wrote “Great little camera with loads of useful features and works just like it says on the box! Used loads underwater within depth range”. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “Features an improved waterproof rating of 8 metres, as well as a torch illumination mode”.

CCD Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This digital camera's sensor type (CCD) is in fact the best sensor type amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst similar types of digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 also have an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price], and the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price], or the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price].

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Very Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 that we have assessed, the slowest camera shutter speed of the Lumix DMC-FT30 of 60 seconds is one of the longest. Waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.03s and 60s.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 7.9MB, the biggest is 700MB, and the average internal memory is 80MB. At 220 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

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Has Five White Balances

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 4608x3456, 3648x2736, 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480, 4608x3072 and 4608x2592 and 3456x3456.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The photo effectss "Art", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT30 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 130. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s (only 100) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 2.7 and the smallest is 38. With a maximum aperture number of 13, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age.

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Has Two Camera Playbacks

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found camera playback is Movie, but this camera playback is not found on this camera. The camera playbacks Slide show and Thumbnails are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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TFT Display

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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11 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including Chip.de, Good Gear Guide.com.au, digitalfotoforalla.se and Lydogbilde.no the average expert rating of this Panasonic digital camera is 66 out of 100.

Poor Product Quality

Four customers reckoned that the product was not good quality. Ecp mentioned in their review “When not in the water the image quality isn't the very best” but in spite of that they still gave the product a score of 4 stars. H said “Picture quality was grainy and poor”. Rob P said on Amazon “Other cameras I have tried suffer from shutter lag or poor quality photos” in his review of this digital camera but even so he still scored it 5 stars.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Lumix DMC-FT30 does not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix DMC-FT30 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-FT30 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30, the Lumix DMC-FT30 does not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30, the Lumix DMC-FT30 is not 3D.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 4.7x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 that we have checked, the motion JPEG frame rate of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 of only 25 frames per second is one of the lowest. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 25fps, the highest is 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 49fps.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 460 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 490,000 pixels. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 230,000 pixels) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-FT30.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to consider include the 31[pl_1721874_price], or the 31[pl_1721874_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] (MMC|SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly standard megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a pretty average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Rollei Sportsline 80[plb_2757819_price] (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 8 meters, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a relatively average waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a pretty typical weight (125 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30.

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Specification

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Image Stabilizer
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Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
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Freezeproof
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Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Playback Modes
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Certificates
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Technical Details
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The main point to remember about Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FT30 Tough camera is that it's very small and easy to carry with you on all types of adventures, whether they are on land on water. All the... Read more…

5 January 2015

The Panasonic Lumix FT30 replaces the FT25 , and features an improved waterproof rating of 8 metres, as well as a torch illumination mode. The camera has a 25mm wide-angle lens, a 2.7inch screen,... Read more…

26 June 2015

Det ser måske ikke så sejt ud, men det lille Panasonic-kamera kan tåle nogle knubs. Og noget vand. Kameraet er ikke særlig avanceret og har begrænsede funktioner. F.eks. er der ikke GPS,... Read more…

Optikken er tegner ikke altid helt skarpt, og kraftigt lys kan nogle gange overeksponere billederne. Så snart man kommer lidt op i ISO værdierne, så kommer der også ret meget støj på...

5 May 2015

Konkurrenterne kan tages med på større dybder, men FT30 er tryktæt til otte meter, og det er rigeligt til snorkling.Det første, man bemærker, er, at FT30 er et meget lille og praktisk kamera.... Read more…

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Reviewed 9 January 2016 by Rob P
(Verified Purchase)

I purchased one of these cameras to test it for work - since my first purchase I have bought 5 more! I have tried and tested many waterproof, shockproof cameras but not found one this good for the... Read more…

Reviewed 29 November 2015 by Jeremy
(Verified Purchase)

The images are very poor! It is water tight and the underwater images are acceptable BUT the others are incredibly poor. Contrasty, poor colours. The flash is a joke. Unfortunately by the time I... Read more…

Reviewed 12 April 2015 by D J NUTTALL
(Verified Purchase)

All seems fine. Nice compact camera. Yet to try in anger...

Reviewed 11 February 2016 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

Returned for a refund. I'll order a new one after the issue has been resolved or at least mitigated. Really enjoyed the device for the short time I had it...

Small form factor
Quiet
2.5 driver m.2 support at the same time
Skylake processor is very impressive and the case itself is solid and heavy, the visual bios offers easy access to the settings
Perfect size, portable, Media PC
Uncorrectable boot error after about 3 days of use
Others have reported the same issue
It does not support Windows 7 installation until you pack the USB 3.0 driver to the flash driver, highly recommend install Windows 10 directly, and the system cannot find the right boot device from th
BIOS glitches
Network drivers for Windows Server 20082012 not supported
Reviewed 15 August 2016 by Paul Lambert

I bought this at the airport for my holiday which was a beach, sand pool, hot days etc. After a couple of days using it in the pool with my kids we soon found that the lens was constantly becoming... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmcft30, panasonic pan1565, panasonic n129409, panasonic n129409w, panasonic dmcft30e, panasonic bzd4zs00, panasonic bzd4za00, panasonic dmcft30d, panasonic dmcft30eb, panasonic dmcft30di, panasonic dmcft30ep, panasonic dmcft30eg, panasonic dmcft30ebk, panasonic dmcft30dig, panasonic dmcft30epd, panasonic dmcft30egd, panasonic dmcft30egk, panasonic dmcft30eba, panasonic dmcft30ega, panasonic dmcft30ebr, panasonic dmcft30ebd, panasonic dmcft30digi, panasonic dmcft30digit, panasonic dmcft30digita, panasonic dmcft30digital
Barcodes 05025232820191, 05025232820207, 05025232820221, 05025232820269, 05025232820276, 05025232820283, 05025232820290, 05025232820306, 05025232820313, 05025232820320, 05025232820337, 05025232820344, 05025232820351, 05025232820368, 05025232820375

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