05-31-2013 03:47 PM
You might, if interested, check out a comparison between the Sony and the Lumix (which, btw, also wins over the SX280):
05-31-2013 03:49 PM
Also the Lumix ZS-25, the non-wifi version of the 30, is now available for around $229 -- major factor, without any of the extras headaches. My previous p/s was a Lumix ZS1, which I loved but unfortunately ran through a complete wash cycle. Don't ask.
05-31-2013 03:56 PM
However: The lack of an external charger for those new Lumixes is NOT appealing to me, either. Nobody wants to shoot one set of shots then have to plug their camera in for two hours.
05-31-2013 04:07 PM
It can be removed and replaced, as usual, but from what I have read, there's no separate charger made by Panasonic -- or currently, apparently by anyone else. Anyone who owns one care to confirm?
05-31-2013 04:16 PM
The Lumix ZS30 doesn't come with an external battery charger. There are spare batteries and external chargers available on Amazon and elsewhere but that just kicks up the initial cost another $20.