Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40

Announced Jan 11, 2002 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 33 – 100 mm (3×)
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This camera was beyond my expertise when I purchased it new in 2003. I am pleased to see that it has grown in appreciation for its excellent lens and features. I am very pleased to have it and am using it more and more.

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I just bought a like-new used LC-40 at a fantastic price. Great camera for street photography. Prints at 12x16 (using Genuine Fractals) are as sharp as you would expect from a Sumicron lens. Lens is great at f2 and f2.8. Start up time is quick. Easy to change aperature setting in A priority mode. A sleeper of a camera due to some of the reviews. Problems: Dim light focusing, but I didn't buy it for that use anyway.

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Bought it for 400CHF (anniversary deal of the shop) about 2.5 years ago. For the money the best buy at that time. I am very sattisfied with the lens quality. At first I was even shocked at the sharpness of the pictures - better than my Canon film with 50mm 1.8 lens. The camera has a lot of options I use quite often. The flash is quite good for its size as well. And the battery - it just lasts ages. I can make about 250 shots using display and some flash. (better than my stepfathers FZ10 !). I ...

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I do not generally like digital cameras, and prefer film cameras to them. So I did not want to spend a lot of money on them. I saw this DMC-LC40 in clearance at Ritz Cameras for only $185 with tax, so I thought for a camera that used to be $700 this is not bad price. Plus I liked the size and shape of the lens made by Leica, and the camera itself which was assambled in Japan. No bad stuff comes from them so I bought it. I am using it for 7 months now. What can I say, indeed a great camera. It ...

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I love this camera. While it is a top end point-and-shoot, I get excellent quality and sharpness on all of my photos! While it lacks most of the manual overide features of many more expensive cameras, I like the images better from this camera than my high-end 6MP pro camera! I've also found that, if you have a high speed memory card (I do), this camera is fast! I've taken some amazing photos with the LC-40 . . . Problems: It is not too good in low-light situations . . . but if that is what ...

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I have been using this camera for 6 months .It makes very good pictures, the lens is very fast and sharp . I Iappreciate the fact that the finder is quite accurate and that the time lag is relatively short. To me it's a fine camera which completes my usual SLR outfit. Problems: none

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In general, the LC40 is a join development between Panasonic and Leica, with Panasonic providing the electronics and Leica, the len. It uses the same Matsushita 3.9 megapixel CCD imager and LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON zoom len as Panasonic’s top-of-the-line DMC-LC5 model and Leica’s Digilux 1. Technically speaking, the LC40 should shares the same image attributes as the LC5 and Digilux 1. I had done a lot of researches with cameras using the same CCD and len before making the final decision. ...

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This camera has served me exceptionally well, living in Northern Botswana, this camera has to be strong and reliable, give me good quality pictures, and withstand being thrown around in the off road conditions. It has been my companion from desert, through bush and the occational costal trips. The battery life is a huge bonus as there is no such thing as power on these trips to recharge. I really have got stunning pictures out of it. Wouldn't swap it for anything. Problems: Would love to have ...

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I have had this camera for 5 months and have found that in most cases it is excellent. Day time photos are very good and night time photos have exceeded my expectations. The build quality is excellent I like the fact that it can fit in a pocket (just). I have compared photos with a Nikon 5700 and the quality is comparable with minimal noticeable difference. Problems: Flash photos always seem too bright, look washed out and look unnatural. I would like more than 8 seconds as the maximum ...

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Great battery life and easily lasts while filling up a 256MB SD card. The 16MB card it comes with is just too small as I take all photos at the highest quality JPEG photos (about 1.5MB each, 10MB if using TIFF). I've knocked it around a bit in the montains. It's a bit scratched but it still works great. Fantastic macro shots and life like colours. I picked it up for US$400 which is cheaper than I could have bought it here in NZ. Problems: Great photo quality photos but its hard to get a ...

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