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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

Max Aperturef/3 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent22mm - 924mm
Optical Zoom42x
Image Sensor
Pixels20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5152
Pixels (H)3864
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
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1500sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Incandescent
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting1.1fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)320shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String

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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix LZ40

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