Summary: My Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 review finds one of the better fixed lens cameras available on the market. The FZ40 offrs a 24X optical zoom lens and a great mixture of manual and automatic control features.
Pros: Great mix of automatic and manual control features
Cons: You'll want a tripod with this camera, to protect against camera shake, Camera is very large, Occasional focus problems at full zoom extension, Beginner photographers may be overwhelmed with all of the manual control features
Summary: After the test performed for this review we are glad to tell which conclusion we have. On the plus side, the quality of content shot in movie mode was superb: both color and exposure were great. Panasonic Lumix FZ40 is definitely a good choice for a camera.
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.
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: We see the FZ45 as best suited to families wanting an affordable all-in-one option for general photography. In terms of where it sits in the Panasonic Lumix range, the DMC-FZ45 comes across as a pared down version of the FZ100, omitting that camera’s tilting higher resolution LCD and more...
Pros: Whopping zoom range extends creative framing possibility, dedicated video recording button for instant access, current £250 street price suggests something of a bargain
Cons: Not much here we haven’t already seen before, camera shake at longer focal lengths, lacks the angle adjustable LCD, hotshoe and Full HD video of the FZ100
Excerpt: Panasonic’s collaborations with Leica have produced some stunning ultra-zoom cameras, combining Leica-branded lenses with Panasonic’s sensors, digital processing and knack for mass-market appeal. It’s a combination that earned the Lumix FZ38 a Best Buy award.