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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 14.1-megapixel resolution; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens
- HD movies in AVCHD Lite format; 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD
- Intelligent Resolution technology for outstanding image clarity
- Intelligent Auto (iA) mode; new My Color mode
- Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.8 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||40|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 3.62 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.09 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||6.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||600 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,320|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine HD II|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||AVCHD Lite|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.62 x 4.72 x 3.15 in||5.18 x 4.61 x 3.6 in||4.33 x 4.92 x 3.43 in||5.13 x 4.69 x 3.71 in||3.62 x 4.88 x 3.23 in||5.16 x 5.39 x 3.9 in|
|Item Weight||1.09 lbs||1.52 lbs||1.3 lbs||1.36 lbs||1.19 lbs||1.83 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||18.9 megapixels||14.1 megapixels||21.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||3840 x 2160p, 1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, 640 x 480p||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)||4k||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder||LCD||electronic viewfinder||LCD||electronic viewfinder||LCD||LCD|
The Panasonic DMC-FZ40 is a 14.1-megapixel hybrid digital compact camera that combines a powerful optical zoom and creative options including manual operation. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens in the DMC-FZ40 extends its optical zoom range from 25mm to 24x, 600mm equivalent. The manual control of FZ40 elevates the operability even higher with the incorporation of new jog dial. A focus button lets users change its settings quickly according to the shooting condition. Users can enjoy creative shooting not only in photo but also in movie, utilizing a host of options including Creative Movie mode and My Color mode. The DMC-FZ40 is capable of recording high quality HD Movie in AVCHD Lite. The AVCHD Lite feature almost doubles the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG and excels in the compatibility with TV and other AV equipment. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The DMC-FZ40 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio. Sensor - 1/2.33-inch / 14.5 Total MP / 14.1 MP Effective Lens - LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Optical Zoom - 24x OIS - Power O.I.S. Focal Length - f=4.5-108mm (25-600mm in 35mm equiv.) LCD - 3.0 TFT Touch Screen LCD Display Media - SD/SDHC/SDXC File Format - JPEG, AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG Still Image - Up to 4 - 3 4320x3240(14M) / 16 - 9 4320x2432 (9M) Motion Picture - Up to VGA - 640 x 480 pixels Motion JPEG, 30fps / WVGA - 848 x 480 pixels Motion JPEG, 30 fps / 1280x720 pixels,60p(CCD output is 30p) AVCHD Lite Interface - AV Out, mini HDMI, USB 2.0 Power - Li-ion Battery Dimensions (WxHxD) - 4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 in. Weight - 1.10 lbs.
From the Manufacturer
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.
- 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
- DMW-BMB9 Lithium-Ion Battery
- Battery Charger DE-A83BA
- USB Cable
- A/V Cable
- Lens Hood
- lens Cap w/ String
- Shoulder Strap
- Software CD-ROM
- 1-Year Panasonic Warranty
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As an active traveler, I have used several different cameras. You really can't go wrong with any of the mega-zoom point and shoots - they all have their pros and cons.
However, the Panasonic FZ-40 is probably as good as P&S's will get with the current technology. Some day someone will figure out how to get a bigger and better sensor to work with a mega-zoom lens, but until then, the FZ-40 is my choice.
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. ISO looks good up through 800. I'm still experimenting with macro shots - I'm not real happy yet, but it's probably me. I can't tell a lot of difference between normal and fine JPEG's, except for the file size. The EVF is very good - I can't live without a good view finder. I've tried zooming in the wilds with an LCD screen, and it just doesn't cut it!
All in all, I rate this camera as excellent. I considered the FZ-100, but decided I did not need, nor want, the extra features. Besides, I've always had good results with the small CCD sensors.
I've posted some sample pictures here in the customer images section.
I generally shoot things like plants in my garden and my animals (cat, horses), though I do a fair amount of indoor shots as well. This camera performs very well where all are concerned. It is way better in low light than the FZ28 was, and the flash is not so bright that it looks like you've got a spotlight on your subject when you use it. The quality of the images in the LCD screen are incredibly crisp, and the big size makes it easy to review everything your shots. This camera comes with a rechargeable battery, which I vastly prefer over AAs (in my experience, rechargeable battery charges last way longer).
Most importantly, the pictures the FZ40 takes are flat-out awesome. Crisp, clear, detailed, just excellent. I was so excited to try this camera out that I wasn't being careful to hold the camera perfectly still when shooting. Even so, there was absolutely no noise or blurriness in any of the shots I took, even in low light without the flash. THAT makes me happy.
Only a couple teeny tiny things I don't love but that aren't a big deal: I don't love the lens cap. Basically, tension holds it in place at the end of your lens and it just doesn't seem really secure to me. I bought a holster-style camera bag for that reason, and hopefully it will offer a little extra protection for the lens when transporting. Also, the review feature on the FZ40 is a separate button instead of an option on the dial like on older models. I preferred it the old way, but it's no big deal.
All in all, I am EXTREMELY pleased with this camera. If that changes or if I notice anything noteworthy about it over the next few months, I'll come back to update.
If you are considering purchasing a super zoom, I suggest looking at the manufacturers specifications and even downloading a user manual from the manufacturer's site, if available, so you can evaluate the features of the camera and whether it will suit your needs.
Features that I use and like about this camera (these comments are not meant to indicate presence or absence in comparison to other brands of super zooms):
* saves images in JPEG and RAW formats (and even both at the same time). The RAW format allows you to have a greater flexibility in using photo-editing software than JPEG since it contains all the picture information captured by the camera's image sensor.
* information about exposure controls can be shown both on the 3" lcd screen and in the view finder. Seeing information about exposure controls in the view finder is very handy and is especially so on bright sunny days. However the lcd screen is bright enough to be visible in normal daylight situations.
* you have great flexibility in controlling the camera: you can let the camera make all the decisions so you just have to press the button to take the picture or you can opt for a totally manual mode where you set the aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity (iso), white balance, control for camera shake etc...
* flexibility in storing images: uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
* 24x optical zoom: from 4.5mm to 106mm. 35mm equivalent for a 4 x 6 picture is from 26mm to 624 mm. This allows nice wide angles to telephoto closeups with good picture quality. This is one of the main reasons for my supplementing my compact digital camera, which had limited wide angle and zoom features, with this camera.
* battery easily lasted all day of picture taking (outdoors in mild temperatures). The manufacturer quotes 580 per charge but I have not taken that many in a day (around 100 or so). However, always a good idea to have a spare battery.
* F stops range from F2.8 to F11 at wide angle and F5.2 to F8.0 at the tele end.
* This camera has an intelligent auto mode which sets all the controls for you so that you just have to press a button to take a picture. IA works fine but you should note that saving to RAW is not an option when using IA. If you are the creative type and want to make decisions regarding controls it was important for me to read the operating instructions for advanced features (supplied on the included CD in pdf format) to setup the camera in order to get the highest quality pictures. I found it pays to spend time understanding and then experimenting with the controls to get pictures of the quality I want.
* While it is possible to set iso from 80 to 1600, picture noise (grainy appearance) becomes a problem for me with ISOs above 400 in this camera. If you plan to take a lot of your pictures in low light conditions without a flash (e.g. indoors)where there is movement (so you need a relatively high shutter speed and therefore a high ISO) you might want to consider digital slr cameras which have larger image sensors and lenses with lower f stops (i.e. F1.8 to gather more light) that would decrease noise substantially.