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Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Hands-On Preview

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Hands-On Preview - We go hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix LZ40 with a 42x optical zoom lens and manual control.

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The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 offers a 42x optical zoom lens in an affordable, and relatively compact bridge camera. The camera uses lithium-ion batteries, and will be available for £229, from April 2014.

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Features

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The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 features a 42x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 22-924mm in 35mm terms, and behind that is a 20 megapixel CCD sensor for high resolution photos. The camera has a mode dial on top with a dedicated manual mode for the more advanced photographers who want more control over shooting settings. 

The LZ40 features full manual control as well as Intelligent Auto settings, which include Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure - allowing you to shoot without having to worry about adjusting settings when conditions change. The camera also features 15 filters, including Soft Focus, Miniature Effect and Sepia, making it easy to personalise your shots. 

Panasonic Lumix LZ40

The camera has an ergonomic design to aid holding the camera steady when using the optical zoom, and the lens features built in optical image stabilisation. On the rear is a 3inch screen with a 460k dot resolution.

Key Features

  • 20 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 42x optical zoom lens, 22-924mm equivalent
  • 3inch 460k dot screen
  • 320 shot battery life, USB charging, Lithium Ion battery
  • 720p video recording, with optical zoom
  • P/M Manual exposure mode
  • 15 filter effects
  • Panoramic shooting (with effects)
  • GN8.5 flash
  • 524g with battery and memory card
  • 126.4 x 86.6 x 94.1mm

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Handling

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The camera features a rubber grip around the front of the camera to give a good area to hold the camera, with the zoom control surrounding the shutter release button. There is a dedicated video record button. The LZ40 offers improved flash performance compared to the previous model, with the new camera featuring a GN8.5 rated flash.

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With a lithium-ion battery, the camera has a CIPA battery life rating of 320 shots, and weighs 524g with battery and memory card. We will be putting the Panasonic Lumix LZ40 to the test when a full production version of the camera is available for review. 

Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperturef/3 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent22mm - 924mm
Optical Zoom42x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)No Data
Pixels (H)No Data
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min FocusNo Data
Focusing modes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
    Shutter speeds longestNo Data
    Exp modes
    • Program
    • Manual
    • Scene modes
    Metering
      ISO sensitivityNo Data
      White balance
        Exposure CompNo Data
        Shooting Options
        Continuous shootingNo Data
        Video
        Movie modeYes
        Video Resolution
        • 1280x720 720p
        Video FPS30fps
        Stereo SoundNo
        Optical Zoom with VideoYes
        Other Features
        Image StabilisationYes
        Interface
        HDMINo Data
        USBUSB 2
        Wi-FiNo
        Storage
        Card Type
        • SD
        • SDHC
        • SDXC
        File Type
        • JPG
        Power Source
        Battery TypeLithium-Ion
        CIPA Rating320
        Box Contents
        Box ContentsNo Data
        Dimensions
        Weight524g
        Width126.4mm
        Height86.6mm
        Depth94.1mm

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