Updated (July, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 118x76x89 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Weight
Light-weight
367 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ35

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Slightly smaller
118x76x89 mm vs 120x79x91 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
367 g vs 499 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ40

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 27 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 18x
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Around 80% more zoom
Lowest price
Cheaper
$398.89 vs $543.99
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The best price we've seen is $145 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ35:3.5"
              DMC-FZ40:3.6"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-FZ35:2.3 fps
              DMC-FZ40:1.8 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ35:118x76x89 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FZ35:$543.99
              DMC-FZ40:$398.89
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ35:18x
              DMC-FZ40:24x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $325

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350 - $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $400

              Lowest price Cheaper
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40.

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              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