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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 budget superzoom offers 42x optical zoom

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2014 at 19:00 GMT
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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 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
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Comments

Total comments: 27
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

If this clunker was released in January 204 -- maybe. Probably. But in January 2014? It is but a butt of jokes. Sorry, Panny -- anything else rolled up your sleeve?

0 upvotes
dccdp
By dccdp (3 months ago)

I'm so glad I own a 12MP Canon SX50!

0 upvotes
mrdancer
By mrdancer (3 months ago)

Lotsa folks posting about 20mpxl on 1/2.33" sensor. Yes, that seems excessive. Unless................maybe someone will develop a pixel-binning software that can post-process these 20mpxl wonder-files into SUPERB 5mpxl images (like Nokia does with their phone cams). Then everyone will want 40mpxl sensors! :)

0 upvotes
mrdancer
By mrdancer (3 months ago)

Here's to hoping for an FZ250, with 16mpxl 1/1.7" sensor, 25mm-600mm zoom w/ constant F/2.0, manual zoom ring on lens, 1080p60 video and NFC, for under $500 of course. It would fulfill most of my non-artistic needs. Would love a 1" sensor, but lens would be too huge (might as well go to m43 at that point).

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (3 months ago)

LET'S CRANK UP THE NOISE!

Seriously???? cramming 20mp onto a tiny 1/2" sensor???

As if CA, poor contrast, distortion, noise, and failure in dim light weren't already bad enough in the combination of superzoom and too small a sensor... let's crank up the noise some more so that the photosites are even smaller and under-performing.

Looks like a desperate act.

2 upvotes
SDPharm
By SDPharm (3 months ago)

Dude, you don't like 20mp in a small sensor. You think Panasonic is desperate. We get it. It's not necessary to post it over and over.

5 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Another difractastic camera great...........

3 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (3 months ago)

Down-specify. In the early days, the LZ cameras were great value for money. Now, it is a budget line.

0 upvotes
utomo99
By utomo99 (3 months ago)

Panasonic please stop the Mega pixel war. It already over.
Now people want fast lens and big sensor so it can produce good images

4 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (3 months ago)

desperation in trying to keep alive the low end that is disappearing to phone-cameras.

1 upvote
Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (3 months ago)

42x? You rarely need anything over 3X.

2 upvotes
Lan
By Lan (3 months ago)

Correct; *you* rarely need anything over 3x.

Anyone with an interest in wildlife photography generally wants a very long zoom. That said, I would be happy with a 3x zoom, if it were a 300mm to 900mm (equiv) 3x zoom ;)

3 upvotes
santamonica812
By santamonica812 (3 months ago)

I was very excited when I saw the announcement. Sounded like a perfect back-up camera to use when traveling abroad. Then I saw the buzz-killer . . . no RAW capture at all. So, it's a camera aimed at entry-level photographers.

Nothing wrong with that, of course. But I was able to stop reading the overview at that point.

(I'll also note that I shoot my film cameras at 10 and 12mm quite frequently, at the widest ranges of my particular zooms). And shoot my crop digital at 16mm all the time. This seems like "ultra wide" to me. Panasonic defines 22mm as ultra wide, which seems dubious to me. Yeah, that's really wide compared to their impressive max of 924. But I don't think it's what photographers think of when they are considering truly "ultra-wide" lenses, so that seems potentially misleading.)

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (3 months ago)

with 20mp on such a small sensor, you even care about raw?
the images will be crappy enough - why bother editing anything that comes out of this.
this camera is for neophytes going on their first hike.

2 upvotes
santamonica812
By santamonica812 (3 months ago)

As I said; I stopped reading at "no RAW." :-)

0 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (3 months ago)

720 30p video is this 2014 or 2004?

8 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Wow, they STILL use CCD sensors...

4 upvotes
mrdancer
By mrdancer (3 months ago)

It is my understanding that CCD sensors still provide better resolution. The current big advantage to CMOS sensors is better (quicker) light-gathering, so you can get higher fps.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

It's a race to 15-1500mm equiv. 100x zoom. Who will get there first? Optical quality and lens speed be damned.

2 upvotes
RPJG
By RPJG (3 months ago)

Optical quality, with in-built corrections, will be totally fine for the vast majority of people taking holiday snaps or whatever.

Not everyone (including most of the snobs on this forum) take fine art photos that are blown up to 4mx3m prints for viewing in a gallery.

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (3 months ago)

@RPJG: perhaps you could educate us as to why we would need 20mp if you're not making those enormous prints. why would you rather have more noise and poor contrast for more pixels then?

3 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (3 months ago)

The best images would be captured by a sensor with single photon cells - i.e. The highest megapixel possible. Having more pixels is always better and creates a better image by providing more accurate Bayer color information and more data for noise rejoicing algorithms.

0 upvotes
Frank_BR
By Frank_BR (3 months ago)

A full-frame sensor with the same pixel density would have more than 600 megapixels!

0 upvotes
Karroly
By Karroly (3 months ago)

20 megapixels on 1/2.3" sensor : the megapixel race must go on...

6 upvotes
spaghettii
By spaghettii (3 months ago)

Really Panasonic? The FZ70 and now this? Where is the FZ200 successor? It's been two years already!

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

The only thing this camera has going for it is the price and they don't even tell us what that is.

6 upvotes
SETI
By SETI (3 months ago)

Looks like they just need to give they workers a job

0 upvotes
Total comments: 27