Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ30

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$172.61 vs $449.99
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The best price we've seen is $277 cheaper (2.6x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ40

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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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
120×80×92 mm vs 124×84×91 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.8 fps vs 1 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
499 g vs 558 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.6"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-LZ30558 g
              DMC-FZ40499 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LZ301 fps
              DMC-FZ401.8 fps
              Size Large Help
              DMC-LZ30124×84×91 mm
              DMC-FZ40120×80×92 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-LZ301/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ401/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-LZ30460k dots
              DMC-FZ40230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LZ3035x
              DMC-FZ4024x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $231

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $191

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $556

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $587

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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