Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 budget superzoom offers 42x optical zoom
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.
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||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||5152 x 3864|
|Other resolutions||5152 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:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (boost to 3200/6400)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||6400|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||22–924 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.0 - F6.5|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X)|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||15 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1500 sec|
|Flash range||10.80 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Continuous drive||1.1 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|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)|
|Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion battery and USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||320|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||524 g (1.16 lb / 18.48 oz)|
|Dimensions||126 x 87 x 94 mm (4.96 x 3.43 x 3.7″)|