Interested in a bridge camera with a mammoth sized zoom lens? Panasonic may have a camera that would fit into that category.
Announced on January 6th, 2014, the Panasonic Lumix LZ40 is a bridge camera for those photographers and enthusiasts looking for a gigantic zoom without having to burn a deep hole in their pockets. This camera makes a perfect companion for bird watchers and travel freaks. Here’s more on this camera:
The Lumix DMC-LZ40 is built with a 20 Megapixel 1 /2.3” CCD Sensor that makes up for some of the finest images. The camera amazes the photographer with its massive 42X Optical Zoom Lens, making it quite the replacement for an expensive lens. The focal length of the camera is 22-924 mm measured in 35 mm format. Inexplicably, this camera has its priorities set primarily on the zoom and hence it’s no shocker that various advanced connections are absent on the LZ40. This camera lacks Wi-Fi, NFC and misses out majorly on the Full HD video capture feature. Sadly, the Full HD video capture is one of the innate features found in pretty much all cameras. Impressive as the lens’s magnification might seem, the LZ40 has pretty much the same sensor as was found on the LZ30 and so the image quality might not be as dramatically improved as one might expect. The LZ30 was known to have faced harsh criticism based on its mediocre image quality, however the LZ40 might have a great comeback. The user of this camera might have to adjust with 720p video recording, that seems like a major drawback on this camera. The camera provides 25 pleasant creative filters along with an HDR mode to shoot creative stills. The f-stop on this camera is f3-6.5 across the zoom with 84x magnification.
Design and Display:
The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 is a chunky camera with an oversized handgrip and thereby it gives the camera a DSLR like feel. With 126mm depth, the camera is certainly not a pocket-friendly point and shoot. Its plastic and slightly hollow feel makes it a great deal. Panasonic is known to NOT disappoint its user with its immaculate build quality, although it is not high-end, it feels great. The camera may be often confused for a SLR camera. Sadly, this camera does not have a viewfinder or EVF, so the user has to manage with the 3 nch LCD. The LZ40 carries a 360-k dot screen that is pretty basic as opposed to the sharper displays on its competitors.
One of the most prominent changes on the LZ40 since the LZ30 is the inclusion of rechargeable lithium batteries over the 4x AA batteries. The lithium batteries are certainly a pleasant upgrade and allow charging over Micro USB especially for those using smart phones and charge using the socket.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 is a slight upgrade from the LZ30. That said, it carries its share of feature and disappointment. It would have been great to see HD video recording and the inclusion of Wi-Fi and NFC.