Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 / DMC-FZ45
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keekimaru, DP Review
19 June 2012
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.
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.
Excerpt: Complete, light, easy to handle, can actually substitute an entire camera + lenses set. I found the lens particularly effective, even in low lights with good gain due to the stabiliser action.
Excerpt: The successor of the Lumix FZ 35 has a greater Zoom in wide(25mm) and tele(700mm IR) range and a better performance.The image quality is as good as the Lumix FZ38 that means also better as the image quality from the FZ47(resolution,noise,color).The telezoom has the best image quality compared to the...
Excerpt: This camera is really good for Nature photography.. Long battery life ,great image quality, good manual control mode.. Really a great Prosumer.. Adventurous camera for Enthusiasts and Amateur photographers at a reasonable price.. Problems: Low light performance is not so good
Summary: I will limit my comments to the custom settings. The menu is not at all user-friendly. The many steps needed to create and save a custom setting are not presented in the PDF manual in a clear way. Forty-five minutes with a Panasonic tech yesterday ended in total frustration. She didn't have a clue.
Excerpt: I'd had an FZ38 for some time and my wife gave me a FZ45 for our visit to a South African game park. I slightly doubt if the upgrade was worthwhile. The FZ45 is heavier, the increased pixels are just puff and the extra focal length is a bit academic without a tripod.
Excerpt: Pros: Fully configurable composition (shutter/ISO/aperture/manual focus), stereo sound recording. Very quiet zoom during video recording, causing no interference with the audio recording. Good burst mode up to 10 fps.