Excerpt: I've owned the FZ-40 for 6 days. As an active traveler, I have used several different cameras. You really can't go wrong with any of the mega-zoom point and shoots - they all have their pros and cons. However, the Panasonic FZ-40 is probably as good as P&S's will get with the current technology. Some day someone will figure out how to get a bigger and better sensor to work with a mega-zoom lens, but until then, the FZ-40 is my choice.
Excerpt: The optics are excellent. Very sharp at all lengths and all apertures. Stabilization is incredible (compensates 2-3 stops). Decent apertures (2.8 to 5.2). Battery life is very good. Handling also is above average. It has the usual limitations of a compact camera though; poor high ISO performance and slow autofocus. Also, the software could be much better, for example, allowing you to use the "scene modes" combined with the PASM modes, e.g.
Summary: I've been using my FZ40 a year now, shooting more than 1000 pictures. Most landscape. Just perfect. the FZ40 gives me some wonderful colors. Color processing is not artificial, however. It takes the natural colors and enhances them! Some pictures i realy think to be bether than taken by my DSLR Pentax K-r, a very good camera. However, in low-light situations, don't try to expect an DSLR result.
Summary: Upgraded from the previously good but slow Panasonic Lumix. The new FZ40 is fast but they have made some changes I don't like. The SD card/battery door is now counter intuitive and the battery is a different size so I can't use my old battery as a spare. Otherwise, I love this camera for the pictures I take.
Summary: I have the camera since December 2010 and have taken around 2000 shots and maybe 5 hours video with it. PROS: I love this camera, the zoom is great and probably the first thing you would notice when using it. I love the 'Expressive' mode with the saturated colours, but a point to note is the flash is disabled when using this mode. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. Video at any resolution is excellent, HD or lower, again once in the light.
Summary: took this to Italy for my whirlwind several city vacation...having just bought it, and not being a cameraphile, I did not know much about all of its features..nevertheless, it worked great...wonderful zoom for those long Venice shots, long battery life, easy to hold and not too heavy... have not loaded up the photos yet but excited to do so..
Summary: I haven't had the camera all that long and I am not a professional photographer, but your typical grandmother. I took the camera on a Disney vacation and played with it, but I obviously don't know what I'm doing. However, I will say that the zoom is awesome. The only shots I haven't been that pleased with are portraits. The colors all seem to be pink-tinged.
Summary: Es muy buena, cumplió mis expectativas! Mientras tengas buena luz las fotos salen perfectas, nada que envidiarle a una Nikon Reflex en cuanto a calidad. Y mientras no hay luz con el flash salen excelentes.