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
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.
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.
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)
524g with battery and memory card
126.4 x 86.6 x 94.1mm
Panasonic Lumix LZ40 Handling
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.
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 Aperture||f/3 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||22mm - 924mm|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460k dot|
- Face Detection
- AF Tracking
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
- Centre-weighted - Average
- Multi Pattern
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Life (CIPA rating)||320shots|
|Box Contents||Battery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String|
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