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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $149.00 vs $387.00
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The best price we've seen is $238 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/3.0
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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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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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $380 - $598

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Super zoom

              $273 - $407

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $616

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $330

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $212 - $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
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347 - $447

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $170 - $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $189

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $131

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              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

              $1,306 - $1,313

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $528

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $959

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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