Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

last Updated (17 February’11):
– Review by CNET

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a 14.1 MP Digital Camera features 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (35mm equivalent: 25 – 600mm), ISO 80-6400, AVCHD Lite 720p HD video recording, manual shooting modes, ‘Sonic Speed’ auto-focus system, and a 3.0-Inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD screen. The camera measures 4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 inch (W x H x D) and weighs 498g (1.10 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Reviews

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“The good: Excellent feature set and shooting options for the money; nice design; great battery life. The bad: JPEG photo quality tanks at ISO 400; menu system can get confusing. The bottom line: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a solid megazoom, but its low-light photos need extra attentio “

Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“Unless you are a seasoned photographer used to something like a 5D Mark II or a Nikon D3x, you’ll be blown away by how great the photos look…. Images are crisp and vibrant, and you can choose from a wide range of excellent modes. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“The camera’s focus is very good, either in macro mode or even with the zoom fully extended. The sharpness of the FZ40 was a surprise to me, as photos shot with fixed lens cameras sometimes can be a little soft. One issue I noticed: Occasionally, the camera will focus on the wrong subject when the zoom is fully extended. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“The Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 makes a very promising start. At 80 and 100 ISO the crops look clean, noise free and show good detail… Moving on up the range to 200 ISO we start to see some evidence of noise, but you have to look closely. At 400 ISO the loss of detail and pixel clumping gets progressively worse and is now at the stage where you don’t have to be looking for it to see it. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“The Panasonic FZ45 is a superbly designed and very well made super-zoom camera that is absolutely loaded with advanced features. It has comfortable handling, excellent performance in all lighting conditions, and is a real pleasure to use. In general use the image quality is very good, but disappointingly its high-ISO performance and dynamic range are inferior to its predecessor the FZ38. “
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“The FZ40 is a camera that is packed with manual controls and is designed with the advanced beginner in mind. From the outside, it’s a powerhouse, and certainly fun to shoot with. But it’s not fun to get home and load less than great images onto your computer. “

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TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and writes;
“There’s a lot to like about this camera, so long as you’re aware of the limitations of the monster lens and the HD video recording features. If you don’t want the hassle of changing lenses, the DMC-FZ45’s smart technology, quality optics and convincing image quality make it a great buy for £300. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 User Reviews

Got it!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very well made camera…Made in Japan….Took indoor pics with zoom x24 Great! Good focus…Fast…..I have 8GB class 10 card….Put on screen protection…Should be getting 52mm uv on Fri…Not very heavy…So far a sweet camera….Will test this weekend…Hope videos good! I really like the software included… ” – By H. Bowman

Great Camera for Active Travelers, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This camera is easy to use, quick focusing, and has all the manual adjustments and flexibility you will ever need. It’s well-designed and built for the active photographer. It also has a long battery life, but finding replacement batteries is a problem that Panasonic needs to clear up fast! Image quality is excellent compared to its competitors. Image stabilization is outstanding, even at full 24X zoom I don’t need a monopod or tripod (I need one with my Olympus SP-800). The zoom is also quiet and smooth.” – By JamesC

Glad I waited for the DMC-FZ40!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have been searching months for an inexpensive but good quality digital camera and have made the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 my choice. I based my purchase on image quality, range of zoom, ease of use, and price. This lightweight camera is amazing with it’s ‘ai’ (auto intelligent) engine!” – By Jim

Amazing Technology In A Small Package, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Just received my Panasonic Fz40 from Amazon. I have several other cameras incling a Lumix point and shoot, and a DSLR. I was looking for something that had DSLR quality in a small package, with strong zoom. Well, I found it ! This camera will bring out the photographer in you. Indoor, and outdoor shots look great. Because of the very long zoom, a tripod or VERY steady hand may be necessary for best results.” – By hrhken

Very solid camera, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The first night I took pictures under random settings. Surprisingly I got acceptable results. I have 6 MP Canon rebel and 10 MP Nikon Coolpix. This camera surpasses both in term of resolution and sharpness. I have a Sonny CVX500 HD video camera. FZ40 takes very good video footages” – By K. Balo

FZ40 – Nice Super Zoom!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got decent sharp images! When using zoom, it requires more and more light, so use large aperture, you won’t be disappointed. Also, keep ISO as low as possible. I used up to 400. See some night scene photos I posted. Close-up mode works well in low light (indoor), I got sharp images consistently (handheld, 2 sec self-timer helps), even with 20x zoom sometimes.” – By ULong

WOW!!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“WOW, this thing cooks!!! I’m comparing it to my work camera, a Sony DSC-H50 (by no means a cheap camera) and a Nikon L110 ( my personal camera). The Lumix FZ40 takes great photos and the video is superb!! I’m not disappointed at all and I’m sure you won’t be either.” – By S. L. Burcham

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Features

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a feature-packed, hybrid digital camera, combining a powerful 24x optical zoom and creative manual operations to offer photographers of all levels the opportunity to take crisp, artistic photos and High Definition (HD) videos. This 14.1-megapixel model features a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and a new image processing system which achieves high picture quality for both still images and videos.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Highlights

Intelligent Resolution technology
The Lumix FZ40 features Intelligent Resolution technology which leads to optimum signal processing, giving images outstanding natural clarity, specifically focusing on the finer details. The Sonic Speed Auto Focus (AF) and high-speed start-up found on the FZ40 are at the industry’s fastest level, helping users to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

Improved, intuitive manual and creative controls
The Lumix FZ40 has upgraded intuitive manual and creative controls including the new jog dial which helps to elevate the camera’s operability. The jog dial is a focus button which allows users to change settings quickly including shutter speed and aperture, depending on the shooting conditions. Additionally, the new My Color mode which has been popular on Lumix G Micro System cameras is available in both still and movie modes, and gives users creative freedom with a suite of options, including new Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W.

Intelligent Auto (iA) mode
Panasonic’s hallmark Intelligent Auto (iA) mode automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode and remembers previously-registered faces. And the intuitive system also includes POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), featuring double the repression power compared to that of Panasonic’s previous image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S. This system helps to eliminate blur resulting from hand-shake, a common problem when pressing the shutter button while taking photos or shooting video.

HD movies in AVCHD Lite
Users can now enjoy easy shooting of HD movies in AVCHD Lite with double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Additionally, a separate and dedicated button located on the top of the camera allows users to instantly begin recording in video mode–so switching between capturing still photos and video is quick and seamless.

Additional Features

* 3.0-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with 100% field of view
* High energy efficiency which extends the battery life up to 580 shots (CIPA) per charge
* New Video Divide function with which users can separate a video they’ve shot into two sections to shorten or delete any unwanted parts
* Wind Cut function blocks out noise from background wind when shooting in video mode

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