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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a point-and-shoot digital camera by Panasonic.

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Pros

great image quality

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24x optical zoom

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fast lens despite its increased length - f/2.8 - f/5.2

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good build quality

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bridge camera - great for those interested in seeing if they'd eventually be interested in stepping up to a more professional DSLR body

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records video in 720p high definition, stereo audio

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capable of shooting in a RAW format (lossless)

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Panasonic's Power OIS - optical image stabilization

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records to affordable, capacious and easy to find SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

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fast and accurate autofocus

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HDMI output for direct playback of images and video on compatible HDTVs and displays

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Cons

larger display (3" vs. 2.8" on the FZ38) retains the same low resolution

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smaller image sensor cannot compete with larger DSLRs in terms of image quality - poor noise / dynamic range above ISO 400

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large and heavy (even moreso than the previous generation FZ38) - not good for a consumer who wants something easy to use on the go

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a point-and-shoot digital camera by Panasonic. It is a member of the fall 2010 lineup of Panasonic Lumix handheld cameras. Its 14.1 megapixel camera can record 720p quality video in the AVCHD format. There is a button on the top of the camera that quickly switches between picture and video mode, instead of having to dig through settings or spin a dial to the correct notch like most other cameras. Panasonic touts this camera as one of its "super-zoomers" as it has a 24x optical zoom, which is considerably higher than most optical zooms on point-and-shoot cameras. The other "super-zoomer" camera is the FZ100, which offers all of the same features as the FZ40, except upgrades to 1080p video recording. The Lumix DMC-FZ40 comes with software to view and sort recorded media, as well as software to easily upload the videos to YouTube.  

Features
  • Point-and-shoot
  • 14.1 megapixel
  • 720p AVCHD video recording
  • 25mm Wide Angle Lens
  • 24x Optical Zoom
  • Face detection
  • 3" LCD viewfinder
  • HDMI output
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC
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