Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 review


A good quality camera from Panasonic

Today we will review Panasonic’s newest Lumix DMC-FZ40 digital camera. Does it rise up to expectations? We checked the gadget and here is what we think.
The Japanese company is well-known and loved for its quality products. This model is no exception, although it has some flaws, but more on that later.

Very much improved

The device has been improved with new features when compared to its predecessors. It is very good for those of you who like to travel a lot, as it is very solid, very light and very easy to handle. The Lumix DMC-FZ40 ships with the following measurements and weight: 4.7″ x 3.1″ x 3.6″ and 31g. In the box we found a Software CD-ROM, DMW-BMB9 Lithium-Ion Battery, Battery Charger DE-A83BA, Lens Hood, A/V Cable and USB cable, Shoulder Strap, lens Cap w/ String and 1-Year Panasonic Warranty. This digital camera comes in silver and black. As we’ve mentioned before, the device was very easy to handle during this test, thanks to its hand grip; the latter has a memory card and a large rechargeable battery CIPA rated.Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40

24x Optical zoom

The front of the device sports a 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and on the back you’ll find a 3.0″ Intelligent LCD display, a four-way directional pad, a Delete button, a Replay button and an electronic viewfinder. The Power key, shutter release/zoom lever, one-touch record button and Mode button sit on the top. Unfortunately, the product doesn’t feature a mic input and an accessory shoe. The navigation through the menu of Panasonic FZ40 was extremely easy thanks to the device’s well-spaced and responsive buttons, as well as its jog dial that we could use whenever we wanted to quickly change exposure, aperture or shutter speed.

CCD sensor

When compared to other Panasonic digital cams, the Lumix DMC-FZ40 has a CCD sensor which makes the device less fast when it comes to snapping a picture. But this gadget has one of the fastest replies: it turns on and gets ready for a shot in a very good time.
When it came to testing the features, we were pleased to see that this camera had some very nice ones. The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode one combined various technologies – such as Intelligent Resolution and POWER Optical Image Stabilizer – and offered good shots, albeit somewhat overprocessed. The High energy efficiency feature meant that we could take up to 580 pictures on a single charge and the Wind Cut option successfully blocked out noise from background wind.

21 scene modes included

The camera sports some 21 scene modes; so when we snapped several pictures we could choose between Outdoor, Indoor, Normal, Portrait, Soft Skin and many more. Color filters were also present with Retro, Film Grain, Expressive and Pure, just to name a few.
As for overall performance, the Lumix DMC-FZ40 did a good job. The Macro function was especially good, because the camera could focus as close as 0.1″ to a subject. Time wait between shots was 1.6 seconds, shutter lag was 0.5 seconds (in bright lighting)/0.9 seconds (in low lighting) and 1.5 seconds were necessary from off to first picture; continuous shooting was 1,6fps at a resolution of 14-megapixel. Photos we took for this review looked great below ISO 200, but bad at ISO 400 because of yellow blotches. ISO 1.600 produced awful pictures, so using the camera indoors or in dim light conditions is out of the question.

Review conclusions

After the test performed for this review we are glad to tell which conclusion we have. On the plus side, the quality of content shot in movie mode was superb: both color and exposure were great. Panasonic Lumix FZ40 is definitely a good choice for a camera.

Technical specifications

* HD movies in AVCHD Lite, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD
* Intelligent Auto (IA) mode; My new color mode
* Intelligent Resolution technology for more image clarity
* 14.1 megapixel, 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT
* Capture images to SD / SDHC (not included)