Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 / DMC-FZ45
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Concerns about this camera
will wilderness, Amazon
3 December 2011
Summary: The Panasonic DMC FZ40 is a very good camera. I have just returned from a 3 week trip through the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, & Galapagos Islands. During this trip I took over 3400 photos with this camera. The general construction of this camera held up very well in some pretty tough weather conditions. Everything from heat & extreme humidity,high altitude & cold wet weather, & open salt water conditions. The weight of this camera makes it easy to pack & hold.
Summary: I purchased this to replace a point and shoot Canon SD850 that suffered from "lens error." The difference is apples and oranges. I like that the camera is heavier so there is no shaking and that it has a cover for the lens. I also like that a polarizer can be purchased separately. It did not take clear pictures right out of the box, and there are too many settings and adjustments for someone who just wants to push a button and take a picture.
Summary: this camera will do everything! great zoom, beautiful quality. however, when i went to download "raw" photos (a feature that the camera allows), i found that option is "incompatible" to the camera's own software. i was disappointed that such a great product (in general) was so poorly supported by it's software, and hence, very difficult and frustrating to use. i would not recommend this product unless you plan only to "point and shoot.
Good camera but the zoom button is now 'sticking' and I've had it too long to return for full refund -only had it about 4 months
K. Swygert "marine mom", Amazon
23 February 2011
Summary: The camera takes good pictures but just the other day, the zoom button is 'sticking'. If I want to slightly zoom, the camera will keep zooming all the way in without stopping where I want it to. Does the same when I zoom back out. Can't believe this camera has already malfunctioned. I've only had it about 4 months!! Sure, I can return it but I will only get a partial refund!
Summary: The FZ40 takes Quick pictures which are in focus and blur free 93% of the time. The camera performs well in low lighted areas, if flash is used its fill in is great. The optical zoom works well. In the movie mode it takes great videos and the sound is among the best, there are two formats MPEG2 Quicktime and AVCHD Lite. (After Reviewing MPEG2 vs MPEG4 I am finding The Quality of the video of MPEG2 wins hands Down for Large Screen TVs).
Summary: I bought this camera as an upgrade to my 10 MP Lumix FZ28. I was keen to have the improved functionality of the rear thumb wheel and the button to switch between shooting and playback modes. I had read about the issue with noise but thought how bad can it be? On my FZ28 I already limit the ISO to 400 in order to keep noise levels manageable with Lightroom software. However with the FZ45 it was necessary to limit it to 200.
Summary: Interesting camera. It does a lot of things well boasting several different automatic modes as well as manual operation for those of us who like to use these features. I like the big screen which makes reviewing the pictures enjoyable. It is light. It seems to record video well not that I really need this function. The zoom is amazing which is just as well because you will need it to fill the frame with what you want.