Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40

Portability
51
Imaging
41
Features
36
Overall
39
Nikon D1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 front
Portability
68
Imaging
38
Features
40
Overall
38
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Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Overview

Here is a extensive overview of the Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40, former being a Pro DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Nikon and Panasonic. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the D1 (3MP) and FZ40 (14MP) and the D1 (APS-C) and FZ40 (1/2.3") have different sensor measurements.

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The D1 was brought out 10 years earlier than the FZ40 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Nikon D1 being a Large SLR camera and the Panasonic FZ40 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the D1 scores versus the FZ40 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Key Specs

Nikon D1
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 157 x 153 x 85mm
  • Introduced November 2000
  • Later Model is Nikon D1X
Panasonic FZ40
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 494g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ45
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Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D1 enjoys outside measurements of 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3") having a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ40 has dimensions of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") and a weight of 494 grams (1.09 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the D1 against the FZ40.

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the D1 and FZ40 is 51 and 68 respectively.

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to imagine the gap between sensor measurements simply by reviewing specifications. The photograph underneath will provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the D1 and FZ40.

Plainly, both the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The D1 due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic FZ40 will deliver greater detail having its extra 11MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots more aggressively. The older D1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 sensor size comparison

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D1 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Portrait photography camera
51
manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/500s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview
MP count low (3 megapixels)
46
you can focus manually
MP count decent (14MP)
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon D1 Street photography factors
Panasonic FZ40 Street photography factors
48
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (494 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D1 Sports photography information
Panasonic FZ40 Sports photography information
41
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
no liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (3 megapixels)
44
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D1
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ40
28
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (3MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
54
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (494 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D1 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FZ40 Landscape photography highlights
43
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
small screen (2 inches)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (3 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
52
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
delivers RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FZ40 Vlogging factors
9
can't record video
23
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (494 grams)
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Nikon D1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Panasonic
Model type
Nikon D1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
Also called as
-
Lumix DMC-FZ45
Type
Pro DSLR
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2000-11-27
2010-07-21
Body design
Large SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor
-
Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type
CCD
CCD
Sensor size
APS-C
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.5mm
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
367.4mm²
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
3MP
14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
2000 x 1312
4320 x 3240
Max native ISO
1600
6400
Minimum native ISO
200
80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens support
Nikon F
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture
-
f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing distance
-
1cm
Available lenses
309
-
Focal length multiplier
1.5
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2 inches
3 inches
Screen resolution
130k dot
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
96 percent
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
-
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/16000 secs
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
5.0fps
2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
9.50 m
Flash modes
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/500 secs
-
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
-
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
None
1280x720
Video format
-
AVCHD Lite
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
none
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
1200g (2.65 lbs)
494g (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions
157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3")
120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
not tested
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Single
Launch pricing
$5,130
$420