• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1008.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-FZ40 advantages over Fujifilm S8300

  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Lighter weight
    498g vs 670g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Fujifilm S8300 advantages over Panasonic DMC-FZ40

  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,008 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P90

Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Nikon P90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Fujifilm S8300
Nikon P90
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Hot shoe
Fujifilm S8300
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Panasonic FZ47

Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Panasonic FZ47
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Fujifilm S8300
Panasonic FZ47
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm S8200

Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Fujifilm S8200
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Lighter weight
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Fujifilm S8300
Fujifilm S8200
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Fujifilm S9400W

Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Fujifilm S8300
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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