Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 front

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Revealed June 2014
  • Later Model is Panasonic FZ2500
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
  • Launched July 2010
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FZ45
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Panasonic FZ1000 versus Panasonic FZ40, former is a Large Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are offered by Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the FZ1000 (20MP) and FZ40 (14MP) and the FZ1000 (1") and FZ40 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor measurements.

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The FZ1000 was introduced 3 years after the FZ40 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a simple overview of how the FZ1000 grades versus the FZ40 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Panasonic FZ40

 FZ1000 FZ40 
LaunchedJune 2014July 2010Newer by 48 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ40 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 FZ40 FZ1000 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic FZ40

 FZ1000 FZ40 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ1000 has physical dimensions of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") and a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) and the Panasonic FZ40 has specifications of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") having a weight of 494 grams (1.09 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the FZ1000 against the FZ40.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ1000 and FZ40 is 55 and 68 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to envision the gap between sensor dimensions merely by reading through specifications. The image below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ1000 and FZ40.

To sum up, each of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FZ1000 having a bigger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FZ1000 will give you more detail using its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The younger FZ1000 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ40
focusing manually
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
has face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
focusing manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Street photography features
Panasonic FZ40 Street photography features
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (494g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Sports photography factors
Panasonic FZ40 Sports photography factors
amazing zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
no phase detect auto focus
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Travel photography features
Panasonic FZ40 Travel photography features
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (400mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (494g)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ40
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
focusing manually
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Vlogging camera
decently wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic support
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
more heavy than competition (494 grams)
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic FZ40 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic FZ40
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FZ45
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2014-06-12 2010-07-21
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW data
Min boosted ISO 80 -
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-400mm (16.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.0 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 9.50 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 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)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 831g (1.83 lbs) 494g (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 517 not tested
Battery life 360 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID DMW-BLC12PP -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $800 $420