Panasonic LZ40 summary
Panasonic LZ40 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially introduced on January of 2014. The camera has a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The LZ40 is ranked #108 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #607 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
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Panasonic LZ40 history
The Panasonic LZ40 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can look at all older and the latest models as well as important specifications.
Panasonic LZ40 Gallery
You can check the LZ40 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic LZ40 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic LZ40 based on aspects that are oftentimes considered necessary in a digital camera.
Panasonic LZ40 Sensor info
The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic LZ40 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. This ISO can also be extended electronically to a high of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below illustrates the LZ40's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The LZ40 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic LZ40 dimensions
Panasonic LZ40 weighs 1.16 lb (524g / 18.48 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 126mm x 87mm x 94mm (5.0" x 3.4" x 3.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Panasonic LZ40 is more heavy when compared to its rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Below is a visual of the Panasonic LZ40 with a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button design on the LZ40.
Panasonic LZ40 Lens info
The LZ40 has got an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 22-924mm giving it a 42.0 x zoom which is huge and would make it easier to zoom right in.
At the widest 22mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.0 which will be pretty slow and not good in low light occasions and you will probably struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to up the ISO which causes noisy images. With the tele end, 924mm is superb zoom and comes to f6.5 making it very sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic LZ40 Connectivity
The LZ40 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy images and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Panasonic LZ40 Video info
The max video quality in the Panasonic LZ40 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really aim for at least FUll HD quality for video. Although the camera includes a mic port, it is unfortunately missing a headphone port so you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.
Panasonic LZ40 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Panasonic LZ40 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Panasonic LZ40 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic LZ40 has a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic LZ40 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be very useful.
Panasonic LZ40 Shutter info
Panasonic LZ40 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500s.
Panasonic LZ40 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic LZ40 includes only integrated flash with no external flash support.
Panasonic LZ40 Autofocus info
Panasonic LZ40 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be valuable for portraits.
It has 9 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic LZ40 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing option is useful in low light or you want to have more precise focusing control.
Panasonic LZ40 Battery life
The battery pack in the Panasonic LZ40 is fashioned to last for 320 clicks according to the CIPA benchmarks which is comparable with its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life in this class of cameras.
Here is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
Panasonic LZ40 for different types of photography
The following diagram indicates a rundown of the Panasonic LZ40 for different types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.
Panasonic LZ40 Portrait photography info
The Panasonic LZ40 gets a points tally of 41 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really suitable for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Panasonic LZ40 Street photography highlights
Having a subpar rating of 45, the Panasonic LZ40 is not really suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic LZ40 Sports photography factors
A modest sports photography score of 48 suggests the Panasonic LZ40 is fairly suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic LZ40 Travel photography info
Size is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic LZ40 gets a average 56 for a travel camera which makes it fairly acceptable to buy for your vacations.
Panasonic LZ40 Landscape photography features
When you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic LZ40 at it's subpar rating of 45 for a landscape camera is not really suitable in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Panasonic LZ40
A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic LZ40 is not really suitable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 28.
Panasonic LZ40 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the LZ40, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the LZ40 versus it's top scored rivals mentioned earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.