Panasonic FZ30 Digital Camera Infrared Photography Tests

We test the FZ30 for its suitability for infrared photography using a Hoya R72 filter.
The Panasonic FZ30 digital camera is an impressive camera, with its 8MP resolution and a Leica lens giving a 35-420mm focal length range (35mm equivalent).

We tested its infrared photography ability over several weeks using a Hoya R72 and a firm tripod.

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography

The blow noise tests are 100% sections from the center of an image at varying ISO settings, all with a Hoya R72 filter. Starting exposure was 2 seconds at f3.2.

80ISO

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
RAW

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Red

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Green

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Blue

100ISO

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
RAW

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Red

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Green

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Blue

200ISO

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
RAW

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Red

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Green

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Blue

400ISO

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
RAW

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Red

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Green

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Blue

Noise is very well controlled in this camera, infact it seems to be more a function of exposure length than ISO setting at exposures of a second or so.

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Using the green channel

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Using the blue channel for an extreme effect

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
Using the red channel


The red channel

Panasonic FZ30 Camera Infrared Photography
The green channel

Overall the FZ30 is an impressive camera for IR use. The viewfinder remains quite usable for framing with the filter fitted and the image quality the camera can produce is very good.

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