Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40
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 Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-LZ40, a budget superzoom with an F3.0-6.5 22-924mm equivalent zoom lens. It has a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, fixed 3-inch 460k dot LCD, and can record video at 720/30p. The LZ40 is also equipped with optical image stabilization, 13 filter effect modes, and a lithium-ion battery rated to 320 shots. No pricing or availability information has been announced at this time.

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Press release:

LUMIX DMC-LZ40 Digital Compact Camera Featuring a Powerful 42x Optical Zoom Lens 

20-megapixel CCD and 720p HD Video Recording

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the new digital compact camera, the LUMIX DMC-LZ40 equipped with an exceptionally powerful 42x optical zoom lens from 22mm ultra wide angle (35mm camera equivalent: 22-924mm) integrated with an Optical Image Stabilizer. The resolution of the CCD is upgraded to 20-megapixel for DMC-LZ40 and high performance image processing supports high quality still and video capture.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode allows users leave everything to the camera yielding beautiful images with its Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Once you enter the iA mode, these multi-capable functions occur automatically, so that you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. While offering a convenient shooting-assist function such as iA, the DMC-LZ40 is also equipped with modes for users a step above beginners to enjoy more creative photography.

Not only is high resolution offered in still capture but also HD video in 720p can be recorded with DMC-LZ40. The popular Creative Control and Creative Retouch options are available with a total of 15 attractive filter effects. In addition, the DMC-LZ40 is capable of Creative Panorama mode that allows the user to take dynamic panoramic images with 13 filter effects. The 3.0-inch large 460K-dot LCD assures high visibility in any lighting conditions, which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images. The LZ40 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable grip to offer stability even when holding the camera for a long period of time. The 1250 mAh large capacity Li-ion battery allows shooting 320 pictures per charge (CIPA). 

Integrating a stunningly versatile lens achieving both 42x zoom and 22mm ultra wide angle in a compact body, the DMC-LZ40 is valuable in shooting a variety of scenes from dynamic landscapes to family events with easy operation.

The LZ40 will be available on shop.panasonic.com and at select retailers. 

Notice for Motion Picture Recording:
• Use a card with SD Speed Class* with "Class 6" or higher when recording motion pictures.
* SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
• Motion pictures can be recorded continuously up to 2 GB. The maximum available recording time for up to 2 GB only is displayed on the screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution5152 x 3864
Other resolutions5152 x 3432, 5252 x 2896, 3856 x 3856, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (boost to 3200/6400)
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)22–924 mm
Optical zoom42×
Maximum apertureF3.0 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Panorama Shot
  • Scene
  • Creative Control
  • Portrait
  • Scenery
Scene modes
  • Soft Skin, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
  • Food, Baby 1/2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky
Built-in flashYes
Flash range10.80 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive1.1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
FormatMotion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)524 g (1.16 lb / 18.48 oz)
Dimensions126 x 87 x 94 mm (4.96 x 3.43 x 3.7)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone