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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40

Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 front
Portability
67
Imaging
45
Features
35
Overall
41

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 606g - 130 x 97 x 118mm
  • Revealed July 2013
Panasonic LZ40
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 22-924mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 524g - 126 x 87 x 94mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Older Model is Panasonic LZ30
Photography Glossary

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both offered by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FZ70 (16MP) and the LZ40 (20MP) is relatively close and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FZ70 was revealed 5 months earlier than the LZ40 and they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief overview of how the FZ70 scores against the LZ40 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ70 over the Panasonic LZ40

 FZ70 LZ40 
Manual focus More precise focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ40 over the Panasonic FZ70

 LZ40 FZ70 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic LZ40

 FZ70 LZ40 
ReleasedJuly 2013January 2014Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera often, you are going to need to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ70 comes with external measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") along with a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LZ40 has sizing of 126mm x 87mm x 94mm (5.0" x 3.4" x 3.7") accompanied by a weight of 524 grams (1.16 lbs).

Check the Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the FZ70 against the LZ40.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ70 and LZ40 is 63 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing just by researching specifications. The photograph here might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ70 and LZ40.

To sum up, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You should count on the Panasonic LZ40 to provide you with more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures way more aggressively.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Portrait photography details
Panasonic LZ40 Portrait photography details
56
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
small sensor size (1/2.3")
40
megapixel count good (20MP)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Street photography advice
Panasonic LZ40 Street photography advice
49
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competitors (606 grams)
45
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than competition (524g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic LZ40 Sports photography highlights
55
excellent zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery life (400 CIPA)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
47
excellent zoom range (22-924mm 42.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
has tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ70
Travel photography with Panasonic LZ40
55
great battery life (400 CIPA)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (20mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (606g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
55
megapixel count good (20MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (22mm)
very long reach (924mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (524 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Landscape photography features
Panasonic LZ40 Landscape photography features
54
focusing manually
reasonably wide (20mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (400 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no Timelapse mode
44
decently wide (22mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Vlogging features
Panasonic LZ40 Vlogging features
26
reasonably wide (20mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (606 grams)
27
decently wide (22mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
includes external mic port
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than competition (524g)
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Panasonic LZ40 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ70 and Panasonic LZ40
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-07-18 2014-01-06
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 20-1200mm (60.0x) 22-924mm (42.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.0-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT Screen LCD Display TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 202 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Continuous shooting speed 9.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 10.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p) 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 606 grams (1.34 lbs) 524 grams (1.16 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 97 x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") 126 x 87 x 94mm (5.0" x 3.4" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 41 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 171 not tested
Other
Battery life 400 shots 320 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $300 $219