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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Digital Camera

20MP 42x CCD Apr 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Powerful 42x Optical Zoom And 22mm Ultra Wide-angle The DMC-LZ40 features 22mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 42x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 22 - 924mm) making it possible to capture... More
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26 Reasons For

Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 7,428 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically within its bridge cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers who bought it agreed that it had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 is an entry level ultra zoom bridge camera, with a 42x optical zoom lens” however despite that they rated it 60 out of 100. Ephotozine.com also said “The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 offers a decent amount of optical zoom with a 42x optical zoom lens”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “It features a 42x optical zoom, with a focal length starting at a wide angle of 22mm, rising up to 924mm at the telephoto end” in their review.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 owner considered that it had a good image stabiliser. One person wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 reviewers who bought the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Last year expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “The camera lens has optical image stabilisation.”. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 owner who purchased it said that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com wrote “Panoramic images are very low resolution” but in spite of that they only rated it 3 stars.

Good Size

Two Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 reviewers thought the product was compact. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com said in their review of this digital camera “Increased battery life in a compact and versatile packagePanasonic has announced the latest addition to its Lumix range in the shape of the Lumix LZ40 bridge camera”. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Although the compact camera market is declining, there is still interest in the bridge camera” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was noisy. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “Colour is generally good in images, although noise is noticeable at all ISO settings, so images will look best when shared” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 owner who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera last year “Easy to use” . One Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 reviewer who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 considered that it was easy to use the menus.

Good Battery Life

One person who bought it reckoned that it had a good battery life. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera two years ago “Panasonic Lumix LZ40, offers a versatile fixed lens and increased battery life in a compact” in their review of this digital camera.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and spec. 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.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the FinePix S4800, or the FinePix SL300 both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix L810 ($249.00) which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 supports Full HD video. Most of the other bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the PowerShot SX40 HS, or the PowerShot SX50 HS ($484.48) both from Canon or the Olympus Stylus SP-100EE which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40 the optical zooms range from 4x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. With an optical zoom of 42 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst bridge cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 42x optical zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS ($323.66) is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Pentax XG-1 ($258.12) (52x), or the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS (65x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 also have a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include the PowerShot SX40 HS, or the PowerShot SX50 HS ($484.48) both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix S9400 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-LZ40, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62, or the Samsung WB110 which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 range from 12MP to 21MP. With a megapixel count of 20 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a fairly high megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 ($799.95) (20.1MP), or the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) ($1,150.00) (20.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the FinePix S8600 ($183.33), or the FinePix SL 300 both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 ($339.95).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a quite long maximum focal length (1,007 millimeter) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40. The average maximum focal length of digital cameras of this type and age is 730mm.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is 740mAh, the biggest is 1,500mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,100mAh. At 1,250 milliampere * hour, the Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 20.5 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age. The least total megapixel count of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is 12MP, the most is 22MP, and the average total megapixel count is 17MP.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has one of the bigger internal memory (80 megabytes) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The internal memory of digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 8MB to 200MB.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all bridge cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 5472 x 3648 pixels.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this Panasonic digital 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 cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Panasonic camera also supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of cameras of this age and type range from 4.5mm to 28mm, and the average minimum focal length is 24mm. With a minimum focal length of only 22 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Two experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine have rated this digital camera on average 60 out of 100. The digital camera expert review sites don't rate this bridge camera digital camera very highly.

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 do not support video recording. The Lumix DMC-LZ40 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the FinePix SL260, or the FinePix S8650 both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-LZ40 are not 3D compatible. The Lumix DMC-LZ40 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the DSC-HX100V, or the DSC-HX200 both from Sony or the Nikon Coolpix L810 ($249.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40, the Lumix DMC-LZ40 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the FinePix S8400, or the FinePix S9400 both from Fujifilm or the Samsung NX30 ($399.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other bridge cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the DSC-HX100V, the DSC-HX200, or the DSC-HX400 ($448.00) all from Sony.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 640 x 480 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This Panasonic camera also have still image resolutions of 5152 x 3864, 5152 x 3432, 5152 x 2896, 3856 x 3856, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536 and 2048 x 1360 and 1536 x 1536. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40. The flash modes "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Only Features Six Auto Focus

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most bridge cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on bridge cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Single Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed

When compared to other bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago, the maximum ISO speed of the Lumix DMC-LZ40 of only 1,600 is one of the lowest. The average maximum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40 is 8,000.

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Only Nine Auto Focus Points

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 is a nine auto focus point digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a greater number of supported image formats than most bridge cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Lumix DMC-FZ200, and the Lumix DMC-FZ62 both from Panasonic or the Sony DSC-HX400 ($448.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a pretty typical weight (498 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-LZ40.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 ($174.95), or the Nikon Coolpix L310 ($179.98) which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the FinePix S4900 (6.7x), or the Finepix SL300 ($394.45) (6.7x) both from Fujifilm which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(7)
7 December 2015

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 is an entry-level bridge camera from Panasonic. It features a 42x optical zoom, with a focal length starting at a wide angle of 22mm, rising up to 924mm at the... Read more…

42x optical zoom lens
22mm wideangle equivalent
Excellent macro mode
Reasonable value for money
Manual controls
Nonstandard USB charging cable not MicroUSB
No electronic viewfinder
Panoramic images are very low resolution
Noise visible in all images
No viewfinder
23 November 2015

The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 offers a decent amount of optical zoom with a 42x optical zoom lens, and is reasonable value for money. Colour is generally good in images, although noise is noticeable at...

7 January 2014

Panasonic has a good track record of releasing decent superzoom cameras. Looking to fill the more budget-targeted gap, it has just lifted the lid on the Lumix LZ40: a 42x optical zoom bridge... Read more…

6 January 2014

Panasonic launched the LZ30 last year at CES, and this time around it has introduced its replacement, the LZ40. Whereas the LZ30 is a 35x optical zoom bridge camera with a 16.1 million pixel...

6 January 2014

What is the Panasonic Lumix LZ40? The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 is a bridge camera for people who want mammoth zoom length without having to pay the earth or carry around a humungous lens. Panasonic... Read more…

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User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 25 August 2014 by Hananh
Hananh would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 (Verified Purchase)

I like everything about this camera except the size, if it had been more compact I would have given it a 5 star rating. The wide angle is what brought me to Panasonic Lumix and kept me buying one... Read more…

Reviewed 10 August 2014 by AMConSafari
AMConSafari would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 (Verified Purchase)

Have not fully explored all the features. Will be putting it to the test in an African safari setting. While still getting used to the features, so far pleased with the capabilities...

Features
Wide angle photos
Zoom
Ease of use
Feels a little "plasticky
A bit bulky for a point and shoot camera
Reviewed 4 July 2015 by Gillian
(Verified Purchase)

I have not really used it yet. The instructions were in my languages but not English.

Reviewed 4 April 2015 by Anne Bardsley
(Verified Purchase)

This is a delightful DSLR camera by Panasonic. only fault I would give it is that it didn't come with instrustions. you had to download them.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmclz40, panasonic dmclz40k
Barcodes 00700686601392, 00700686601415, 00885170181021, 05025232775507, 05025232775514, 05025232775521, 05025232775538, 05025232775545

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