Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Weight
Light-weight
367 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40.

competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$317 - $319

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$279

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Super zoom

$598 - $715

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$279

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Zoom Much more zoom
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Super zoom

$478

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen size Much larger screen
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$317 - $319

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Size Larger

discussion

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zosX (7:19 PM, June 25, 2011)
I would like to add that the FZ40 has been noted to have inferior IQ to the FZ35. The longer zoom has hurt the corner sharpness greatly, especially at the wide end, as well as the fact that the increase in megapixels has resulted in higher noise and less dynamic range. The FZ35 is still really unmatched in terms of IQ. There is a reason they are now selling for over 400 online and there are few left.
 
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (1:08 PM, July 22, 2010)
1. Thanks Bob, we'll get that fixed.
3. It sounds like we agree on the math, but not on the language/method of conveying that? Snapsort itself doesn't say "closer", it says "more zoom". I think what we wanted to get across was that when you take a picture at 1x zoom, then zoom into 30x zoom, each pixel in the 1x picture is now represented by 900 pixels, and your new picture is covering 1/900 of the area, not 1/30 of the area.

It seems similar to TV size. A 50" TV is 4x bigger than a 25" TV, not 2x as one might imagine.

You're exactly right, the FZ40 should surpass the FZ35 once its been on the market a while. I am continually impressed by Panasonic's cameras, good to hear you are impressed with the FZ35.
 
Avatar for BobC BobC (9:06 AM, July 22, 2010)
1. That looks like a cut-and-paste error on Panasonic's part. Further down the Technical Specs page it says "Touch Panel: No". The rear photo shows that the control layout on the FZ40 is the same as the FZ100 which does not have touch panel.
3. I see what you are trying to do, but I disagree with your math. I concur that doubling the zoom will double both the height and width, resulting in a 4x increase in the AREA of the image. However, this is not the same as getting 4x closer. Cutting the distance in half will double both the apparent height and width, the same as going 2x with the zoom.
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I am interested to see that the older FZ35 is recommended over the new FZ40. Looking at the ratings, it looks like the popularity score is the big factor that tips the balance in favor of the FZ35. Once the FZ40 has been on the market a while, I expect its popularity score to go up.

BTW, I have both the FZ35 and the FZ18 and they are both very fine cameras for their class. A DSLR with its larger sensor can get better image quality, especially in low light, but the superzooms like the FZ series are much smaller, lighter, and less expensive.
 
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (2:13 AM, July 22, 2010)
Hi Bob, thanks for pointing those out. Let me double check them:

1. The link you provided says it does have a touchscreen? "3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (230K dots)" maybe Panasonic made a mistake?
2. Good catch on the FPS, we should really compare the max value possible (at any res) separately from the max at full res.
3. Ah, thats just how we compare zoom :) Doubling your zoom gets you an image that is four times closer, because zoom multiplies both height and width. Please call us on this if it doesn't seem right. See our article on zoom.
4. Rear photos - thx.
 
Avatar for BobC BobC (0:30 AM, July 22, 2010)
There are several flaws in this comparison.
1) The FZ40 does NOT have a touch screen.
2) It says that the FZ40 shoots 6 fps. It is actually only 1.8fps at full resolution. Both the FZ35 and FZ40 have a high-speed burst mode that shoots 10 fps@3M.
3) Comparison says that the FZ40 has 80% more zoom range than the FZ35 (24x vs. 18x). That is only 33% more, not 80%.
4) Rear view photos are available on the Panasonic web site.
(My numbers all came from the Panasonic web site, so they should be pretty accurate.
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Cameras-Camcorders/Digital-Cameras/Lumix-Digital-Cameras/model.DMC-FZ40K_11002_7000000000000005702