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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ40 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic Lumix FZ40 unveiled
(Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 02:01 EDT)

Panasonic has today announced its new CCD-based long-zoom Lumix FZ40 digital camera.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ40 couples a 1/2.33-inch CCD image sensor with 14.1 megapixel resolution with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded 24x optical zoom lens. The FZ40's lens has a useful 25mm wide angle, and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to f/5.2 across the zoom range, as well as Power O.I.S. image stabilization. It also includes Panasonic's latest Sonic Speed Auto Focus function, which aims to provide sub-0.3 second focusing times. For framing and reviewing images, the Panasonic FZ40 has both a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0-inch LCD display, both with 100% coverage.

The Panasonic DMC-FZ40 includes a face detection system with recognition capability, so that it can be programmed to identify the faces of specific individuals for labelling purposes. A My Color mode in the DMC-FZ40 allows the user to adjust color, brightness and saturation and preview the effect immediately on the camera's display. The Lumix DMC-FZ40 includes a high definition 720p movie mode that can record with either QuickTime Motion JPEG or AVCHD Lite compression.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 stores its images and movies in 40MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital cards, including both the newer SDHC and SDXC types. Connectivity options include USB 2.0 High-Speed, standard definition NTSC video output, and high-def HDMI video output (although the cable for this is an optional extra). Power comes from a 7.2V, 895mAh proprietary lithium-ion battery, with ID-Security feature that prevents the use of counterfeit or third-party batteries. The software bundle includes PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition and SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 ships in late-August 2010, priced at $400. Our Panasonic FZ40 preview contains more details on this camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ40 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeEVF
Model NumberNorth America: DMC-FZ40
Dimensions4.7 x 3.1 x 3.6 in.
(120 x 80 x 92 mm)
Weight17.6 oz (498 g)
Planned AvailabilityAugust 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.50 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2880 (12.4 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2432 (10.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 1.8 frames per second for 5 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, EVF type; 0.2" 201.6K pixels eq.
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT, 14 elements in 10 groups, 3 Asph. and 3 ED elements
24x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.5 - 108.0mm (actual)
25 - 600mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/5,2 (tele) - f/8 (up to f/11 in movie mode)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Halogen, Color Temperature, White Set 1, White Set 2
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Range: 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesCreative Movie, My Color, Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Close-up, Scene, Custom, Panorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame
Digital ZoomUp to 4x ( Max. 96.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, 10 (3shots) seconds
Movie Format AVCHD LIte / QT Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatRAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, Mini-HDMI with Viera Link
Battery Type7.2V, 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesPower OIS, 720p movies with manual exposure control.
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ40 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

New Panasonic Lumix Hybrid Digital Camera Features Intuitive Controls, HD Video Recording And Super 24x Optical Zoom With Leica Lens

LUMIX FZ40 features improved HD movie recording with Creative Mode to shoot superb quality video

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2010) – Panasonic announced today the newest addition to its popular LUMIX FZ-Series digital cameras. The LUMIX DMC-FZ40, a feature-packed, hybrid digital camera, combines a powerful 24x optical zoom*1 and creative manual operations to offer photographers of all levels the opportunity to take crisp, artistic photos and High Definition (HD) videos. This 14.1-megapixel model features a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and a new image processing system which achieves high picture quality for both still images and videos. The LUMIX FZ40 joins the Panasonic LUMIX FZ100, also introduced today.

“Building on the versatility and depth of the FZ-Series, the LUMIX FZ40 provides outstanding and advanced creative hybrid camera capabilities and features to photographers – giving them increased flexibility and a wide-range of features,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “In the LUMIX FZ40, consumers will find easy-to-use features they would find in super-compact point-and-shoots, but with the added 24x optical zoom and improved manual controls.”

The LUMIX FZ40 features Intelligent Resolution technology which leads to optimum signal processing, giving images outstanding natural clarity, specifically focusing on the finer details. The Sonic Speed Auto Focus (AF) and high-speed start-up found on the FZ40 are at the industry’s fastest level, helping users to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

The LUMIX FZ40 has upgraded intuitive manual and creative controls including the new jog dial which helps to elevate the camera’s operability. The jog dial is a focus button which allows users to change settings quickly including shutter speed and aperture, depending on the shooting conditions. Additionally, the new My Color mode which has been popular on LUMIX G Micro System cameras is available in both still and movie modes, and gives users creative freedom with a suite of options, including new Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic and High Dynamic B&W.

Panasonic’s hallmark Intelligent Auto (iA) mode automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode and remembers previously-registered faces. And the intuitive system also includes POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), featuring double the repression power compared to that of Panasonic’s previous image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S. This system helps to eliminate blur resulting from hand-shake, a common problem when pressing the shutter button while taking photos or shooting video.

Users can now enjoy easy shooting of HD movies in AVCHD Lite with double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Additionally, a separate and dedicated button located on the top of the camera allows users to instantly begin recording in video mode – so switching between capturing still photos and video is quick and seamless.

Other features of the LUMIX FZ40 include a 3.0-inch 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with 100% field of view, high energy efficiency which extends the battery life up to 580 shots (CIPA) per charge, and a new Video Divide function with which users can separate a video they’ve shot into two sections to shorten or delete any unwanted parts. Also, the LUMIX FZ40’s Wind Cut function blocks out noise from background wind when shooting in video mode.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ40 will be available in black in late-August for a suggested retail price of $399.95. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit: http://www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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