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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
 

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
Cheaper
$201.27 vs $398.89
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The best price we've seen is $198 cheaper (around 50% 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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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-LZ30:460k dots
              DMC-FZ40:230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LZ30:35x
              DMC-FZ40:24x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $227

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $345

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $333

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $250

              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 L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $230

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Zoom Less zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Entry-level DSLR

              $789 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $320 - $360

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $470

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

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

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