Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 / DMC-FZ45
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
19 April 2014
Summary: Despite a few shortcomings, the FZ45 superzoom offers excellent value. It resembles a dSLR put on a hot wash, but it's easier to use and packed full of the latest must-have features. It feels like we've seen much of what's on offer here before, however.
Cons: Camera shake at longer focal lengths; Nothing we haven't seen before.
Summary: Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced non-professional looking for a feature packed camera to lug around on your next vacation, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40, with options galore, may be just the ticket.
Pros: Good design with nice layout of buttons, dials, etc., Abundant shooting features, Lots of options, both manual and preset, Large 24X, optical image stabilized lens, Great depth of field, Menus easy to navigate
Cons: Image quality could be better, lack of detail in low light situations
Summary: Panasonic's Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 is the much-awaited update to the highly popular Lumix FZ38 / FZ35. As you'd expect, Panasonic has inevitably boosted the pixel count giving the FZ45 / FZ40 a 14 Megapixel CCD sensor. In better news, the zoom lens has been extended to 24x providing a little extra coverage at the wide angle end and more telephoto reach with a 25-600mm range.
Pros: 24x optical zoom with decent stabilisation., 'Shooting priority' playback button., Long battery life and compact body., Bayonet mount lens hood included.
Cons: Telephoto image quality., Poor continuous shooting at full resolution., Fixed screen., No still capture during video recording.
Conclusion: There's a lot to like about this camera, so long as you're aware of the limitations of the monster lens and the HD video recording features. If you don't want the hassle of changing lenses, the DMC-FZ45's smart technology, quality optics and convincing image quality make it a great buy for £300.