Very well made camera...Made in Japan....Took indoor pics with zoom x24 Great! Good focus...Fast.....I have 8GB class 10 card....Put on screen protection...Should be getting 52mm uv on Fri...Not very heavy...So far a sweet camera....Will test this weekend...Hope videos good! I really like the software included...
2010-10-09 - 21:25:56
After having spent almost two weeks researching on the various options, finally pulled the trigger and so far are feeling very fortunate about making this choice! Picture quality is excellent compared to other point & shoots and almost equivalent to DSLRs. On top of that, the zoom is insanely sharp.
Overall, you wont be disappointed, PERIOD!
2010-10-26 - 14:42:13
S. L. Burcham
WOW, this thing cooks!!! I'm comparing it to my work camera, a Sony DSC-H50 (by no means a cheap camera) and a Nikon L110 ( my personal camera). The Lumix FZ40 takes great photos and the video is superb!! I'm not disappointed at all and I'm sure you won't be either. The end result couldn't be any greater than it is - that's my humble opinion after starting with an Olympus digi camera back in the year 2000.
2010-11-09 - 21:25:48
Excellent value for money bridge style camera. It suited my purposes wonderfully as I wanted a superzoom that was small, light and quick. Lots of facilities and options - it's well worth reading the manual in detail (CD bettter than written) as there are many features that are not immediately obvious on playing around with the camera (my favorite technique).
I would suggest going for a class 10 SDHC card - gives more versatility with video.
If you want to download video to your PC/Mac switch the movie record mode to motion JPEG as this worked better for me.
I purchased this camera to use on a safari and I'm very happy with the choice. The pictures are beautiful and I am just a point & shoot photographer. There are so many options that it is a bit daunting to figure out if you want to do anything more advanced. Also, the manual is only online so it's not easy to pick it up and read parts of it or take it with you. That is why I gave it a 4 out of 5 for ease of use. The battery is OK but the drawback is that there is not an extra battery for purchase yet and for this type of trip, I could have used another while charging up again. But the zoom is fantastic, the stabilization worked very well - I even got good shots from a moving vehicle. Nice to have the viewfinder option when the sun is bright. Otherwise the LCD provides crisp, bright images. The camera is quick and responsive.
2010-11-21 - 21:25:49
Received this camera quckly and as promised. Camera is a real steal for the money. Performs as advertised with great picture quality. Very versatile...you can use it as a very good point and shoot or with all its many custom settings you can expand your own creativity. Very pleased with my purchase! Would strongly recommend this as a great starting camera for someone wanting to get into serious photography.
2010-11-28 - 21:26:15
Glad I waited for the DMC-FZ40!
I have been searching months for an inexpensive but good quality digital camera and have made the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 my choice.
I based my purchase on image quality, range of zoom, ease of use, and price. This lightweight camera is amazing with it's 'ai' (auto intelligent)
engine! Most all my shots are left on this mode. I have only had this camera a week and I am no professional photographer by far but this is a fun camera to experiment with, whether your
into outdoor landscapes or macro, closeup shots of flowers or insects, etc. It's nice that Amazon has customer reviews and let them post their
photos here, made my decision alot easier. Check out my variety of experimental photos on customer images! -Jim
2010-12-04 - 21:25:52
Amazing Technology In A Small Package
Just received my Panasonic Fz40 from Amazon. I have several other cameras incling a
Lumix point and shoot, and a DSLR. I was looking for something that had DSLR quality in a small package, with strong zoom. Well, I found it ! This camera will bring out the photographer in you. Indoor, and outdoor shots look great. Because of the very long zoom, a tripod or VERY steady hand may be necessary for best results.
It is packed with many features. Most you will find yourself using. Be sure to spend some time with the instruction manual. Both the CD and quick guide. Get ready to read over 100 pages.
For experienced users, you can jump right in. Or use it as a point and shoot.
Image quality is excellent, however, I keep my ISO near 100, if possible. At 400, the noise creeps in like most digital cameras. This is another winner for Panasonic.
Run, don't walk, to get one !
PS the video is great also.
2010-12-21 - 21:26:00
I got this camera for over a week now. i've been playing it a lot.. So far i like it..the picture quality is very nice, easy to use..I give this camera 4 star instead of 5, it's because of its battery replacement..if you lost the battery,you'll struggle to find the same one, so have to watch out..Overall, everything else works fine to me..
2010-12-25 - 21:25:54
Donald R. Bartel
Panasonic Lumix FZ40
I selected this camera for 2 reasons - the Leica lens and the 24X optical zoom. I have only had the camera for a few weeks so my review is somewhat limited as to its full potential. I must agree with one reviewer who said that the features available with the digital camera are becoming overwhelming. Whenever I buy a digital camera, the number one issue with top priority is a razor sharp image and this camera delivers it. I also sometimes find myself at social gatherings where I can't get as close to the subject as I would like so the 24X zoom was also attractive. I can't say too much about the battery life but it seems to be better than my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 which I like in all respects, except for its poor battery life. Of course, the DMC-FZ40 is a bit bulky but I can't expect a 24X zoom camera to fit into my shirt pocket like the Sony does. All in all, I don't think you will be disappointed if you purchase this camera and the price offered on Amazon.com was more than reasonable.
2011-01-01 - 21:26:21
Using the FZ40 with an iMac
I currently have a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 PaS camera and have looking at upgrading to a ultra zoom camera. I noticed that the FZ35 movie can not be used with iMac software --- only PCs. Is this also true for the FZ40 and FZ100 cameras. I have never tried to use the movie capability on the ZS3, but need a ultra zoom PaS camera for outdoor nature movies.
2011-01-08 - 21:25:58
This camera has helped me capture remarkable wildlife photos--a process that was heretofore unaffordable and too cumbersome given the high cost of quality SLR tele lenses, weight, and setup time.
Before buying this camera, consider downloading the 223 pages of instructions. The functionality of the camera technology is amazing. Maximizing the utility of the camera does, however, require study. The documentation is excellent, and even includes what the camera will not do (usually as the result of a preset nullifying some functions). The camera is too much for the casual, point and shoot photographer.
I cannot offer sophisticated comparative camera data, but am doubtful that you would wish for additional features were you to purchase the FZ40. The posted complaints are virtually hollow and in some cases dumb. Technology, by the way, has not overcome the visible noise inherent in low-light digital photography. In the meantime you stabilize the camera and use a low ISO.
2011-01-17 - 21:25:59
Beats the FZ100
I have owned many digital SLR's from Nikon and Canon.I am currently shooting with a Canon 1D Mark IV. I also own a Panasonic Lumix G1 with a 14-140mm and 45-200mm. I wanted something even more portable and lightweight for snapshots . I ordered an FZ40 and and FZ100 so I could compare them side by side. After shooting with both cameras for a few days to me the FZ40 is the clear winner in IQ. The FZ100 has a different sensor than the FZ40 for high speed shooting and it is not as crisp as the FZ40. The difference to me was quite noticeable.I never shot video so I cannot comment on that aspect of either camera. The FZ40 gets the job done nicely. None of these cameras will focus fast enough for fast action but I wasn't expecting it to.If I want to shoot fast moving stuff I have to lug the heavy artillery around.
The EVF is not as large or quite as clear as my G1 but I found it to be sufficient for me. The G1 has better IQ but not by a huge margin and like all cameras you pay for that with more size and weight.
2011-01-31 - 21:27:10
the design is bad. it took several people forever unable to figure out how to delete image on memery card and sd card. finally i had to call cus services. they instructed me 6-7 steps to get to "format" in order to delete!!! The menu says "this camera has a build-in memory card, sd card is optional", it turns out that the memory card can only take TWO pictures!!! Does the maker expect user be satisfied with TWO picture memory? unbelievable!!!
2011-02-22 - 21:27:25
Very solid camera
I got this camera a week ago. After seeing some reviews and samples from FZ100 and FZ40, I had low expectations. The first night I took pictures under random settings. Surprisingly I got acceptable results. I have 6 MP Canon rebel and 10 MP Nikon Coolpix. This camera surpasses both in term of resolution and sharpness. I have a Sonny CVX500 HD video camera. FZ40 takes very good video footages, however in terms of image stabilization for the videos the Sony CVX500 does much better job.
very fast start up
a lot of different settings
Good image quality in low ISO
good zoom 24X
very realistic image colors
Long battery life
Flash quality is very good
Price dropped from $400 to $350 in 10 days.
Relative blurry and noisy images in ISO 1600 and above
No raw setting with IA setting
Can not take picture while shooting videos
I found a software bug in this camera, under specific settings the face recognition utility freezes the camera most of the times.
I purchased this camera to replace my aging D-SLR. I was tired of carrying around a bulky package consisting of multiple lenses, extra batteries, and the body. I also no longer wanted to worry about whether I had the correct lense attached to the body. I chose the Panasonic based on web reviews. A couple of things jump out after using it for a couple of weeks:
- It is easy to use.
- It is fast.
- The battery lasts a long time.
- It is more portable than my D-SLR. I'm more likely to have it with me.
- The intelligent auto feature does a great job quickly choosing the appropriate camera setting.
- It is more expensive than comparable models.
The image quality is good but I have managed to snap a couple of blurry photos.
Overall, I'm happy with my decision to downgrade from a D-SLR. I rarely used the manual features on my old camera. I needed a quick camera because I didn't want to miss a photo opportunity.
2011-03-08 - 21:28:03
Happy Buyer of the Panasonic FZ40
I love my Panasonic FZ40. Let me tell you why...After some research, I narrowed my choices to the Panasonic FZ40 and the Nikon P100. I tried both cameras out. I loved the look and the feel of the Nikon but it fell short on features and image quality despite the CMOS sensor. The Panasonic was superior in image quality and features in every test. The Panasonic still pictures were clear and vibrant. The Panasonic seemed to retain more detail than the Nikon. The Nikon still pictures were nice but a little washed out. Also, the Nikon seemed to have more chromatic aberration. Video was a lot better on the Panasonic as well. The FZ40 produced excellent video and audio. The Nikons sound was muffled and the noise it picked up from the zoom was extremely loud. The P100 couldn't autofocus fast enough when using the zoom. In summary, I am very happy with my purchase of the Panasonic FZ40. It's feature packed, produces great quality stills and video, its lightweight, and you can attach filters for more creativity! Though, obviously not a DSLR, its a great bridge camera! Recommend for someone that wants great image quality and some DSLR features. ! 5 Stars from this buyer!
2011-03-16 - 21:27:11
Great Camera for Active Travelers
I've owned the FZ-40 for 6 days.
As an active traveler, I have used several different cameras. You really can't go wrong with any of the mega-zoom point and shoots - they all have their pros and cons.
However, the Panasonic FZ-40 is probably as good as P&S's will get with the current technology. Some day someone will figure out how to get a bigger and better sensor to work with a mega-zoom lens, but until then, the FZ-40 is my choice.
This camera is easy to use, quick focusing, and has all the manual adjustments and flexibility you will ever need. It's well-designed and built for the active photographer. It also has a long battery life, but finding replacement batteries is a problem that Panasonic needs to clear up fast! Image quality is excellent compared to its competitors. Image stabilization is outstanding, even at full 24X zoom I don't need a monopod or tripod (I need one with my Olympus SP-800). The zoom is also quiet and smooth. ISO looks good up through 800. I'm still experimenting with macro shots - I'm not real happy yet, but it's probably me. I can't tell a lot of difference between normal and fine JPEG's, except for the file size. The EVF is very good - I can't live without a good view finder. I've tried zooming in the wilds with an LCD screen, and it just doesn't cut it!
All in all, I rate this camera as excellent. I considered the FZ-100, but decided I did not need, nor want, the extra features. Besides, I've always had good results with the small CCD sensors.
I've posted some sample pictures here in the customer images section.
2011-03-28 - 21:27:47
Stephen J. Koniers
A great camera for the money
I purchased this camera through Amazon, and was pleased with the process and the speedy delivery. I had used SLRs back in the 70's and 80's, but had stuck with a variety of point and shoot cameras since then. This is my fifth digital camera, and I wanted to upgrade to a camera with more advanced features, but without the expense, weight, and complications (like lens changing) of DSLRs. I am an amateur photographer who travels so quality, weight, and features matter very much to me.
The serious contenders to this camera were the Canon Powershot SX30IS, the Nikon Coolpix P100, and the Panasonic DMC-FZ100. All four cameras appear to be great cameras, but I chose the Panasonic DMC-FZ40 because of its rich feature set and value for the money. The others did not quite meet my needs for one reason or another. For example, the Canon is a little too large and heavy.
So far, I am very pleased with the FZ40. It has a solid feel, handles very well, and while I have not mastered all of its features yet, it appears to be what I am looking for in this type of camera.
My biggest hesitation about purchasing it stemmed from the battery issue. Insisting on using its own brand of battery is fine, as long as the battery is available to purchase. This appears not to be the case so far. In my opinion, it is inexcusable to release a camera, knowing that there will be a demand for additional batteries, and not having the batteries available. I trust that this situation will soon be resolved, so I went ahead and made the purchase. I gave five stars because of the camera. The battery issue is important, but I did not want to take anything away from the camera itself.
Panasonic did a good job in delivering a feature-rich camera, with very reasonable performance, at a relatively inexpensive price. I feel certain that if Panasonic had the batteries available, these cameras would fly off the shelves.
2011-05-08 - 13:45:48
Beware if ordering filters for this great camera
It's too early for me to give a full review as I've only had this camera for 2 weeks and took it on a vacation trip. First BEWARE. You need 52 mm filters for this camera, not 46 mm as Amazon suggests. Maybe the FZ35 had 46mm??? I've just had a 46mm polarizer delivered and it's too small.
The zoom is amazing. When using movie mode, I zoomed right in from wide to telephoto and the focus was spot on the whole way. The camera is so light, which is why I chose it over the Canon equivalent. The batteries are expensive, but lasted a week and I filled a 4 Gb card before i needed to recharge. You can keep your AAA battery cameras, far too heavy to carry around for my liking.
The manual focus override is useful. I'm struggling a bit with the various auto focus options on non-movie modes, so have been overriding until I learn more. the instruction manual(on CD) is a 233 pages long! The intelligent auto will suffice more often than not.
There are too many features though. Like cars, cameras are just getting too damned complicated. It's the 80/20 theory I guess. I'll use 20% of the features 80% of the time. I'm sure any 8 year old kid will be able to show me how everything works though! How old am I? My first camera was an Agfa Sillette, I used flash bulbs! I'll say no more......
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