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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
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
Much cheaper
$163.64 vs $611.21
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The best price we've seen is $448 cheaper (3.7x 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.8 fps vs 1 fps
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80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
499 g vs 558 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Significantly 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-LZ30558 g
              DMC-FZ40499 g
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LZ301 fps
              DMC-FZ401.8 fps
              Size Large Help
              DMC-LZ30124x84x91 mm
              DMC-FZ40120x79x91 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
              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-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $967

              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-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              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

              $200 - $298

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $170

              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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $365 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $160

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $225

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $225

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $701 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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