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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 $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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $131

              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $551

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $202 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $229

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Significantly larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $172

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $200 - $221

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

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