Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ30

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LZ30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ40

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ40's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Size Slightly smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 124x84x91 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 499 g vs 558 g
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More than 10% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 1.8 fps vs 1 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.6"
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-LZ30:558 g
        DMC-FZ40:499 g
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        DMC-LZ30:1 fps
        DMC-FZ40:1.8 fps
        Size Large Help
        DMC-LZ30:124x84x91 mm
        DMC-FZ40:120x79x91 mm
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-LZ30:35x
        DMC-FZ40:24x
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        DMC-LZ30:460k dots
        DMC-FZ40:230k dots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $280 - $319

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $178

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

        Super zoom

        $186 - $240

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $367 - $536

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Super zoom

        $140

        3D Captures 3D images
        Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $168

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Super zoom

        $212

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $214

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Smaller
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Zoom Less zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $616

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Super zoom

        $420

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $428

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier

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