Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Budget Superzoom Camera Announced

Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-LZ40, a budget superzoom with an F3.0-6.5 22-924mm equivalent zoom lens The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 is a new superzoom camera with an optically stabilised 22-924mm equivalent lens, 20-megapixel CCD sensor and a 3″, 460k-dot rear screen.

The budget superzoom camera offers full manual control, the Panasonic DMC-LZ40 comes with a Creative Panorama mode and 15 filter effects. In addition to capturing high-resolution 320 shots with the lithium-ion battery, the Lumix DMC-LZ40 can also record 720p high-definition videos at 30fps with the press of an independent ‘motion picture’ button.

No pricing or availability information has been announced at this time.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Budget Superzoom Camera

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Press release:

LUMIX DMC-LZ40 Digital Compact Camera Featuring a Powerful 42x Optical Zoom Lens

20-megapixel CCD and 720p HD Video Recording

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the new digital compact camera, the LUMIX DMC-LZ40 equipped with an exceptionally powerful 42x optical zoom lens from 22mm ultra wide angle (35mm camera equivalent: 22-924mm) integrated with an Optical Image Stabilizer. The resolution of the CCD is upgraded to 20-megapixel for DMC-LZ40 and high performance image processing supports high quality still and video capture.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode allows users leave everything to the camera yielding beautiful images with its Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. Once you enter the iA mode, these multi-capable functions occur automatically, so that you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. While offering a convenient shooting-assist function such as iA, the DMC-LZ40 is also equipped with modes for users a step above beginners to enjoy more creative photography.

Not only is high resolution offered in still capture but also HD video in 720p can be recorded with DMC-LZ40. The popular Creative Control and Creative Retouch options are available with a total of 15 attractive filter effects. In addition, the DMC-LZ40 is capable of Creative Panorama mode that allows the user to take dynamic panoramic images with 13 filter effects. The 3.0-inch large 460K-dot LCD assures high visibility in any lighting conditions, which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images. The LZ40 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable grip to offer stability even when holding the camera for a long period of time. The 1250 mAh large capacity Li-ion battery allows shooting 320 pictures per charge (CIPA).

Integrating a stunningly versatile lens achieving both 42x zoom and 22mm ultra wide angle in a compact body, the DMC-LZ40 is valuable in shooting a variety of scenes from dynamic landscapes to family events with easy operation.

The LZ40 will be available on shop.panasonic.com and at select retailers.

Notice for Motion Picture Recording:
• Use a card with SD Speed Class* with “Class 6” or higher when recording motion pictures.
* SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
• Motion pictures can be recorded continuously up to 2 GB. The maximum available recording time for up to 2 GB only is displayed on the screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Specifications

Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 5152 x 3864
Other resolutions 5152 x 3432, 5252 x 2896, 3856 x 3856, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (boost to 3200/6400)
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3)
Focal length (equiv.) 22–924 mm
Optical zoom 42×
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81″)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39″)
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount Unknown
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Maximum aperture F3.0 – F6.5
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Panorama Shot
  • Scene
  • Creative Control
  • Portrait
  • Scenery
Scene modes
  • Soft Skin, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
  • Food, Baby 1/2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 10.80 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive Yes
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Format
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 320
Weight (inc. batteries) 524 g (1.16 lb / 18.48 oz)
Dimensions 126 x 87 x 94 mm (4.96 x 3.43 x 3.7″)
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

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