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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 over the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
Weight
Light-weight
367 g
 
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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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        DMC-FZ35:2.3 fps
        DMC-FZ40:1.8 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        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 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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FZ35:18x
        DMC-FZ40:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $363 - $518

        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

        $280 - $319

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Super zoom

        $959

        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $395 - $400

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $350

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Super zoom

        $420

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $160 - $227

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports RAW No RAW support

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        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