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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 260 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Outdoor5.0   above average
Size4.7   above average
Zoom4.7   above average
Color4.6   average
Quick4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
Photo4.5   average
Price4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Speed4.3   above average
Image4.2   average
Setting4.2   average
Button4.0   above average
DSLR3.9   average
Lumix3.9   below average
Manual3.9   average
Focus3.8   above average
Light3.7   below average
Battery3.5   average
Flash3.0   below average
Indoor2.8   below average
Amazon2.3   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I was disappointed in Amazon their description was misleading and I purchased a 46mm uv filter with the camera and had to get the proper 52mm filter later."
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"Another mistake, Amazon offered a lens kit with it as something people bought when buying this camera."
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"I am not happy with Amazon's service or policies and likely will not buy anything, but books from them in the future."
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"I normally buy from Amazon merchants to get a better price, but this time I bought from Amazon - a mistake."
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"Instead I decided to return it to Amazon, another mistake."
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"This time I bought on eBay which is a place I hate to shop, but after Amazon, it may not be so bad."
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"The FZ18 has served me well but has it's limitations, mainly a poor macro feature which has been an issue to me since I enjoy photographing insects, so I decided to upgrade to the FZ40 when I found it on Amazon for $280.I've only had the camera for a couple of days & I am very pleased with performance so far - more focus points help with macro shots & although the auto focus is still a little hit & miss at short range, it's whopping 14.1 mega pixels allows me to pan out & then crop the image without compromising quality."
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"I sent it back to Amazon, and they were as always great."
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"The Panasonic Lumix FZ series (Z35, Z40, Z100) all received excellent reviews on Amazon by consumers."
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"Take advantage of Amazon's great return policy and take this camera for a spin."
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"I purchased this camera through Amazon, and was pleased with the process and the speedy delivery."
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Battery

Battery:
"It takes 3+ hours to charge a dead battery, this is why I bought a spare."
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"The camera works perfectly, amazing pics, the only problem that I had was trying to buy an extra battery, it was 100 dollars!"
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"There is also the problem of purchasing a reasonably priced back-up battery as Panasonic really discourages (with scare tactics) other than their batteries."
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"Some other reviews indicate battery availability problems, andhigh cost? "
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"I would have gave the Camera a 4.5 star if not for the chipped battery, its the worst part of the design."
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"(The Owners manual claims its been found that generic battery circuts are not regulated as well as panasonic battery therefore they will not warrenty it if it has damage due to using a generic battery ) Does that sound like a scare sales tactic to buy only panasonic."
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"great camera recharge own battery produces stills and videos."
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"The battery life is surprisingly good."
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"It has been extremely durable and the battery lasts quite a long time."
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"It also had good battery life."
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"The battery life is amazing."
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Button

Button:
"It's annoying when during zooming with videos I have to press the focus button as the camera may take a while to refocus with the new zoom level."
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"You have to push a button, a feature i like because i hate unexpected flash."
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"Which means that all of the extra buttons and confusing submenus are all wasted."
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"Keep your paws off all the buttons, and enjoy."
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"The video button in right on the top so it's very easy to switch from photo to video."
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"CONS: typical shortcomings of a point & shoot - but this camera deals with them better than any other I have seen to date, for guys with big hands it's a little to easy to unintentionally hit some of buttons of the back of the camera, proprietary battery is needlessly expensive."
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"The camera takes good pictures but just the other day, the zoom button is 'sticking'."
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"I found the menu and function buttons easily intuitive."
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Charging

Charging:
"It takes 3+ hours to charge a dead battery, this is why I bought a spare."
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"A charge on the battery lasts a nice long time--I've only needed to charge it twice since the initial charge, and the first time I was just being safe before going on a trip."
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"The battery life is average, as I was able to shoot about 520 photos on a single charge."
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"While out hiking and far away from an outlet, I've been able to take 300+ photos in one day on the same charge."
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"The battery life is fantastic and when the time comes to charge the battery it is fully charged very quickly."
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Color

Color:
"The camera gives you vivid color, but I haven't been able to get beautiful detail in things like leaves and other scenery."
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"the FZ40 gives me some wonderful colors."
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"I have been using it for pictures around the golf course as well as landscapes on vacation in the ozarks and the colors and detail is fantastic."
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"Great colors and beautiful photos without flash indoors, which was great in museums which allowed no-flash photos only."
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"I extensively tested the camera and after a few days of vacation and hundreds of picture later, I can say that the combination of the Leica lenses and a well design Panasonic camera resulted in great pictures taken, with natural soft colors, well balance sharpness and a user friendly operation."
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"*Macro or Close-Up has 4 options (Flower, Food, Objects and Creative)*Sports mode Has 4 options (Normal, Outdoor, Indoor and Creative)*My Color Mode has 12 options."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"The quality of the images is not that good compared to other compact dslr brands, but I was able to use it in many countries that I have been to."
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"Though, obviously not a DSLR, its a great bridge camera!"
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"(All though, I suspect other Super Zoom brands have a similar challenge because of the their sensor vs a DSLR sensor)."
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"The camera has allowed me to get back into creating landscapes and macro pictures that may challenge entry level DSLR's without lugging around the large equipment sack."
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"For those who are not able or willing to go for a DSLR, but want something a bit more substantial than the standard pocket size digital camera, this is a great choice."
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"This isn't your high-end DSLR with all the bells & whistles, but it has a decent amount of customization and manual settings."
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"I knew that I didn't want to go w an SLR or DSLR, but that I wanted a camera w a good zoom, a quick flash (that didn't make you wait forever to take another picture), and one that would take pictures of my kids NOW not 3sec later when they've already run off to the next thing."
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"Some pictures i realy think to be bether than taken by my DSLR Pentax K-r, a very good camera."
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"All in all I think this is a great camera for the price, with most of the functionality & the image quality you would expect from a mid-range DSLR without the price-tag or the hassle of lugging around all the kit."
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"Then imagine it with a 24x zoom and pretty nice 720p video... Manual controls like a DSLR might have and you got this camera."
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Flash

Flash:
"Unfortunately, in February 2012 the flash just stopped working while I was vacationing in Ireland."
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"The only negative I have found is indoor photos of people without flash are not great and I haven't figured out how to delay or change the flash time to reduce the brightness of a flash photo....I'm sure the settings will allow this if I can find them!"
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"You have to push a button, a feature i like because i hate unexpected flash."
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"Popping up the flash didn't make the software in the camera recognize that the flash is available and the cameras would still think the flash was closed and thus the indoor pictures were not great without flash."
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"The other two kept having problems with the flash."
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"I knew that I didn't want to go w an SLR or DSLR, but that I wanted a camera w a good zoom, a quick flash (that didn't make you wait forever to take another picture), and one that would take pictures of my kids NOW not 3sec later when they've already run off to the next thing."
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"The limited ISO means that shooting people indoors without a flash is very hit and miss., With a flash the results are perfect except for the need to clean up the mess the flash makes of peoples faces."
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"The flash is adequate with varied results."
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Focus

Focus:
"I'd rather have this problem than have it focus on everything and nothing all at the same time."
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"It makes beautiful pictures, has so many easy to understand settings and focuses shoots instantly...I used to get so frustrated waiting for my old camera to focus and decide if it felt like actually taking the picture."
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"It's annoying when during zooming with videos I have to press the focus button as the camera may take a while to refocus with the new zoom level."
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"It has one particular annoying feature, the focus sensor is located where normally your hands will be as you hold the camera."
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"The images has a sort of 'soft focus' quality, a decided red tinge and a nasty glare on photos taken into the sun."
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"The slightly larger size and additional ounces make it easier to hold on to, and focus."
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"User friendly, light, beautiful focus."
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"It makes beautiful pictures, has so many easy to understand settings and focuses shoots instantly...I used to get so frustrated waiting for my old camera to focus and decide if it felt like actually taking the picture."
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"Using zoom will make the camera not focus fast enough to get a clear shot."
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"I shot most of the pictures in the program mode & about 400 in IA (auto) Little to no shutter lag & auto focus worked well most of the time."
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Image

Image:
"The quality of the images is not that good compared to other compact dslr brands, but I was able to use it in many countries that I have been to."
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"The camera works perfectly, amazing pics, the only problem that I had was trying to buy an extra battery, it was 100 dollars!"
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"Sadly the image quality was not as good and I have returned the camera using Amazon's excellent return policy."
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"Very disappointing after the superb images I have been able to consistently produce with my older camera."
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"Not only is this a great camera with above average photo quality it also takes amazing videos yes amazing videos."
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"*Nice super zoom*Better Video Quality then Photo*Light Pics Good Quality*Night Pics not so good, some times popup some noise*Nice Manual modeIn general This isnt a professional camera, pics are not going to be the best pics u ever seenbut still a great quality and fun camera to use im glad i buy it n im having some fun taking photos n video with it."
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"It has great image quality in daylight and great zoom."
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"I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great camera that is not too expensive and is programmed to take fantastic pics every time."
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"Outstanding pictures, good price, simple to use and tons of photo options."
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"The quality of images I get when using this camera is excellent."
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"I had this camera recommended to my by a photo expert."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"The only negative I have found is indoor photos of people without flash are not great and I haven't figured out how to delay or change the flash time to reduce the brightness of a flash photo....I'm sure the settings will allow this if I can find them!"
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"The glare lines from bright lights at night indoors is annoying to deal with it is very pronounced on this camera just as on most other cameras, even with the lens hood on."
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"But the drawback is taking pictures indoors was simply impossible not unless you use the flash but then again you lose the ambiance."
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"This is my first megazoom camera and I am absolutely delighted about the quality of images it produces under good lighting conditions (Indoor - not so great)."
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"The basketball is very challenging given the indoor conditions and poor lighting, but am anticipating the lacrosse will produce better pics."
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"Indoor sports shots have been good, but not great, under challenging lighting conditions."
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"Great colors and beautiful photos without flash indoors, which was great in museums which allowed no-flash photos only."
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"*Macro or Close-Up has 4 options (Flower, Food, Objects and Creative)*Sports mode Has 4 options (Normal, Outdoor, Indoor and Creative)*My Color Mode has 12 options."
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"The photos look great indoors and even better outdoors."
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"Videos look great in low light indoors blows me away how well they look and outdoor ones look even better."
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"So bottom line is, I think this is a great camera for those who are not serious about taking indoor pictures or pictures without ideal lighting condition."
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Lens

Lens:
"I purchased this to replace a point and shoot Canon SD850 that suffered from lens error."
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"The lense hood isn't very reliable, it can come of very easly."
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"Another mistake, Amazon offered a lens kit with it as something people bought when buying this camera."
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"We bought the Lumix-FZ40 to replace a Canon Powershot S31 (suffering the dreaded lens error) and a Sony digital camcorder which needed expensive servicing."
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"I bought this camera to replace my older Panasonic DMC-FZ28, which I adored but is no longer useable due to recently succummbing to the dreaded lens cap error message of death."
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"Only a couple teeny tiny things I don't love but that aren't a big deal: I don't love the lens cap."
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"Not sure which model Panasonic finally decided to put the screw threads for filters directly into the lens barrel instead of having to use an adapter, but it was an excellent decision on their part."
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"The fact that it has a fast lens makes it work so well for me."
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"The good features of this camera are 1) battery life is excellent, 2) zoom lens is dependable and good quality, 3) the versatile features of the camera setup are almost unlimited."
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"This is the most amazing, coveted camera and lens I've ever wished to own and now do."
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"I bought a tulip-style lens hood for it which makes the camera that much more effective."
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Light

Light:
"However, night low light is not that good."
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"But, low light performance can be a problem if you don't have tripod."
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"Unfortunately, this camera was horrible in low light, horrible in the car, occasionally turned out these really orange tinted pictures, and overall had poor image quality."
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"CONS:It is disappointing when trying to take low light shots eg in restaurants, evenings on Auto with no flash."
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"The glare lines from bright lights at night indoors is annoying to deal with it is very pronounced on this camera just as on most other cameras, even with the lens hood on."
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"Picture quality in low light is just horrible."
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"good zoom camera, lacks low light performance."
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"User friendly, light, beautiful focus."
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"Shot with a FZ30 for years ..... was a great camera in bright light."
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"The long part of the zoom is not fast enough to get long shots except in the brightest of light with a perfectly stationary object."
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"Indoor light (ie, gymnasium) provides enough light to shoot decent pictures, but you have to be patient."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"Other than the increased zoom, which is slow, I am not in love with the Canon and I'm going back to this Lumix."
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"Ater testing a Nikon S6100 16Mp and a Lumix H27 of 16Mp also,I realized that unfortunately both cameras have different issues or design limitations."
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"Since my old Kodak Z710, Fujis ( very bad choise),and Kodak again, finally got this Lumix and believe me friends you wont regrets this one."
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"I am having this product for well over an year now and it has been true to the lumix legacy."
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"Upgraded from the previously good but slow Panasonic Lumix."
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"The Panasonic Lumix FZ series (Z35, Z40, Z100) all received excellent reviews on Amazon by consumers."
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"I am very happy with my Lumix and have been bragging about it to all my friends that are interested."
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"The panasonic lumix dmc fz40 did not disappoint and it surpasses my old kodak easy shoot camera in every way."
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Manual

Manual:
"Have referred to the manual but haven't been able to find an answer."
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"and love the results so farthe bad thing is that the manual is full at .pdf and its kinda annoying readin on the computer, at least for me."
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"The only complaint I have is that I wish it had a manual zoom for quicker zooming capability and preciseness, but again it's inexpensive and carries a ton of other expensive SLR features."
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"I find it hard to believe a manual could cost that amount of money."
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"As with any new device, you have to familiarize yourself with the User Manual (which, unfortunately, is only on a disc)."
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"*Nice super zoom*Better Video Quality then Photo*Light Pics Good Quality*Night Pics not so good, some times popup some noise*Nice Manual modeIn general This isnt a professional camera, pics are not going to be the best pics u ever seenbut still a great quality and fun camera to use im glad i buy it n im having some fun taking photos n video with it."
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"This isn't your high-end DSLR with all the bells & whistles, but it has a decent amount of customization and manual settings."
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"Per the recommendations of other reviewers, I really need to get out my manual and take the time to learn how to use my camera."
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"The only feature that it has which I am finding less then excellent is the manual focus."
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"Camera is very easy to use, from the 'auto' feature to the manual settings."
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"I love my camera.. A little complicated for me in the manual mode.. ok.. let's be honest.. it's very complicated."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms."
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"The zoom was amazing outdoors, too, including close-ups of flowers in the Monet Gardens."
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"It gets absolutely beautiful shots in decent light and actually does quite well outdoors at night using the starry sky setting."
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"The outdoor night photo's are unbelievable even without a flash."
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"The Good*This camera is pretty great when taken outdoor photos."
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Photo

Photo:
"The only negative I have found is indoor photos of people without flash are not great and I haven't figured out how to delay or change the flash time to reduce the brightness of a flash photo....I'm sure the settings will allow this if I can find them!"
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"This camera is worth it just for the balance and feel alone, but it takes great photos and is sturdy, does not have that plastic slick feel that some cameras do."
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"Even though it includes decent software with anti-noise filters (SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE), they either can't compensate with photos at ISO 400 or above or I'm doing something wrong."
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"The photos this camera takes are TERRIBLE."
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"The images has a sort of 'soft focus' quality, a decided red tinge and a nasty glare on photos taken into the sun."
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"This camera takes fantastic photos, but you will be frustrated if you don't take the time to read the manual, learn a few basics about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc."
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"Photos taken with the DMC-FZ40 print well."
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"Superb super zoom camera that takes impressive photos admired by all."
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"Takes great photos, close up or at extreme distance."
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"It takes beautiful clear photos and I am pleased with it totally"
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"And I am very critical of the quality of all photos and strive for the best."
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Photography

Photography:
"The one problem i have encountered is that it is difficult to do blur photography if someone is serious into it, though most people try to use a DSLR for this."
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"I am not very knowledgeable about the technicalities of photography cameras, but I need to take good photos for various projects."
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"It would be a great camera for people interesting in learning more about photography or those who want a more technical camera at a reasonable price."
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"I was ready to give up on photography as a creative outlet!"
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"I am relatively new to serious photography and have had great success with this camera."
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"My sister who has taken photography classes and has a very nice camera was jealous when she saw this one."
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Price

Price:
"took this to Italy for my whirlwind several city vacation...having just bought it, and not being a cameraphile, I did not know much about all of its features..nevertheless, it worked great...wonderful zoom for those long Venice shots, long battery life, easy to hold and not too heavy...have not loaded up the photos yet but excited to do so..as another person said, the only issue so far, which is small, is the bigger cap used when you want to eliminate sun does not stay on well...not that big a deal but annoying..it is all in all a wonderful camera, esp for the price...which I found cheaper on Amazon..."
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"I normally buy from Amazon merchants to get a better price, but this time I bought from Amazon - a mistake."
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"I find it hard to believe a manual could cost that amount of money."
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"The price value mix is very hard to beat!"
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"For now I'm going to enjoy shooting with my new toy...Hope this will help some people like me make a decision (right or wrong, it's your money after all).Cheers!"
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"Talking about something else, if you don't want need super zoom, LX3 or even LX5 (if money is not an issue) is a very good camera (just my feeling by reading all the reviews and pictures), but they belong to another class though."
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"Since it is now discontinued, it can be had for an extremely good price, which makes it an even better value."
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"Great optical multiple at a reasonable price considering pricing other digitals for the MP and optical."
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"Outstanding pictures, good price, simple to use and tons of photo options."
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"He stated that the panasonic was probably the best, most under rated camera on the market for the money."
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"All in all, this camera is a fantastic value for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"The quality of the images is not that good compared to other compact dslr brands, but I was able to use it in many countries that I have been to."
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"Picture quality in low light is just horrible."
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"Sadly the image quality was not as good and I have returned the camera using Amazon's excellent return policy."
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"The images has a sort of 'soft focus' quality, a decided red tinge and a nasty glare on photos taken into the sun."
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"Not only is this a great camera with above average photo quality it also takes amazing videos yes amazing videos."
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"If you are not able to get excellent, professional quality pictures with this camera, perhaps it is not the camera, but the person taking the photos."
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"It has great image quality in daylight and great zoom."
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"I honestly have no complaints about the quality of pictures it produced."
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"It is easy to use, the zoom is awesome, and the quality of my pictures always turned out great."
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"The quality of images I get when using this camera is excellent."
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"The good features of this camera are 1) battery life is excellent, 2) zoom lens is dependable and good quality, 3) the versatile features of the camera setup are almost unlimited."
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Quick

Quick:
"Now the fz40 is taking some good pictures in compromised light, focuses fast, is quick between shots, and is lightweight...images could be more crisp... but so far its the best of the lot, for the way I use a camera."
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"That's great for pros, but I'm just a novice that likes to take quick shots."
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"It has everything I need for a good quick shot."
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"I knew that I didn't want to go w an SLR or DSLR, but that I wanted a camera w a good zoom, a quick flash (that didn't make you wait forever to take another picture), and one that would take pictures of my kids NOW not 3sec later when they've already run off to the next thing."
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"Overall the Auto focus is quick and the pictures it takes are excellent."
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"Here's a quick list of pros and cons although please keep in mind that one person's cons may in fact not matter at all to someone else:Pros:Ease of Use plus flexibility for more advanced useGreat Battery Life & Fast Start-upExcellent image quality at the most common ISO (80-400)Fast & Quiet zoomPowerful Flash (compared to competitors)Faster Lens (compared to competitors)Cons:The battery must be removed for charging."
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Setting

Setting:
"It did not take clear pictures right out of the box, and there are too many settings and adjustments for someone who just wants to push a button and take a picture."
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"Another bad point is the noise it shows at high iso settingsThe settings sometimes can get a little confusing, but it isnt that bad,SOOO my conclusion:In low middle ISO, the results are kick ass, pretty impressive pics."
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"The custom settings are a nice feature, but be prepared for frustration whether you tackle them on your own or call Panasonic."
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"But, the pics inside in low lighting were terrible - and I used several different settings."
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"Keep in mind that I am NOT a photographer and love the auto setting the best, but my thoughts on why I like the Panasonic better are:PROS:- much lighter (I didn't think this would be an issue for me, but now that I see how much more compact the Panasonic is I love it!"
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"This isn't your high-end DSLR with all the bells & whistles, but it has a decent amount of customization and manual settings."
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"The item is good because you can dial in all or some settings manually or you can choose that the camera makes the decisions for you."
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"The other great thing about this camera is the macro setting, I've gotten great super closeups of flowers and insects, great clarity."
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"It makes beautiful pictures, has so many easy to understand settings and focuses shoots instantly...I used to get so frustrated waiting for my old camera to focus and decide if it felt like actually taking the picture."
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"Vai able to take very good pictures using the automatic mode or by setting manual."
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Size

Size:
"This camera is a little bigger in size than I would have preferred but minor complaint."
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"The slightly larger size and additional ounces make it easier to hold on to, and focus."
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"I've made hundreds of small and large prints and most of them have turned out very good in quality."
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"I previously owned the Panasonic Luxix DMC TZ3 and loved the size and that it was user friendly."
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"Raw Image is not allowed and setting a particular megapixel size is restricted (just alternate between Program & AI seems to be the best approach)The manual is far to complicated and jumps around a lot."
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"As a novice, I had a digital pocket size camera, a good one, but it lost focus when I needed a close up view."
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Speed

Speed:
"Other than the increased zoom, which is slow, I am not in love with the Canon and I'm going back to this Lumix."
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"Now the fz40 is taking some good pictures in compromised light, focuses fast, is quick between shots, and is lightweight...images could be more crisp... but so far its the best of the lot, for the way I use a camera."
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"It also has a long battery life, but finding replacement batteries is a problem that Panasonic needs to clear up fast!"
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"The fact that it has a fast lens makes it work so well for me."
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"It is great for a fast snapshot."
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"I take mostly nature pictures, lots of birds and other wildlife, so I need a fast camera with a good zoom."
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"Upgraded from the previously good but slow Panasonic Lumix."
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"Using zoom will make the camera not focus fast enough to get a clear shot."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"I only just purchased a tripod today which should clear up the only problem that I have with this item which is that sometimes the shots are blurry."
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"But, low light performance can be a problem if you don't have tripod."
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"I've captured birds in flight, close ups of animals where you can count the scales, and birds (herons & flamingos) that are at such a distance that I don't know if I have the shot until I see it after the picture is taken (see posted pelican picture - I didn't know the iguana was next to the pelican until I looked at the picture).All pictures that I posted were taken without a tripod & I was able to steady my hands well enough to get great animal scenery pictures."
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"I only just purchased a tripod today which should clear up the only problem that I have with this item which is that sometimes the shots are blurry."
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"Using a tripod is a great solution, but again, subject motion will affect the picture."
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"Clear, Close-ups at 500 yards, WITH_OUT a tripod are clear as a bell."
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"The image stabilisation works very well, across the full range of zoom, but I would not rule out getting a tripod for the best shots."
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"I took it to southern Utah and took pictures in the bright sun, in the dark (would of been great if I had a tripod), up close and personal with lizards and toads, open wide spaces with full zoom and when we were driving down the highway (I used the sport setting and it worked pretty great)."
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Value

Value:
"The price value mix is very hard to beat!"
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"Since it is now discontinued, it can be had for an extremely good price, which makes it an even better value."
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"There are later models out there, but after reading tons of reviews and user comments about this model, I decided the FZ40 was an excellent combination of features and value."
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"All in all, this camera is a fantastic value for the money."
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"It's a good value for the money."
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"I think anyone moving up from a lower priced point and shoot to this would be amazed at the value for the dollar."
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Video

Video:
"It's annoying when during zooming with videos I have to press the focus button as the camera may take a while to refocus with the new zoom level."
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"The locations of the pictures and video are separate and hard to navigate to the buried folders on the SD card."
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"There's just one problem: I took three videos during the trip, and I can't find them at all."
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"The Text stamp has no on and off You stamp them after Picture is taken on camera wich also reduces megapixels,in panasonic software on computer you may Date stamp without loss of pixils, the images in IA mode have excessive red in them and , The movie mode does not have MPEG4 or AVI."
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"The .mov format for video is not as easy to convert without losing video quality."
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" Spring Rain, Magic Relaxing Sounds of Rain and thunderstormPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 14.1 MP Digital CameraWonderful video came out, Panasonic is the best"
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"It arrived well packaged w video instruction included."
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"The videos are good as well."
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"I recommend having at least two copies of all your pictures videos either on two separate internal hard drives or on an external hard drive, they are very cheap these days, a USB 500GB hard drive is about $70usd."
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"Video at any resolution is excellent, HD or lower, again once in the light."
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Weight

Weight:
"The weight of this camera makes it easy to pack & hold."
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"I travel quite a bit and love to do anything outdoors, this camera is very lightweight which makes it an easy to take along."
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"The ability to shoot video is nice, the compact and lightweight footprint is nice."
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"The size weight is perfect for me."
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"I purchased the camera for my son living at college; he wanted something with high resolution, good zoom and light weight."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Other than the increased zoom, which is slow, I am not in love with the Canon and I'm going back to this Lumix."
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"The only complaint I have is that I wish it had a manual zoom for quicker zooming capability and preciseness, but again it's inexpensive and carries a ton of other expensive SLR features."
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"Photos were not sharp and were very noisy, so the long zoom feature was very disappointing."
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"I couldn't downgrade to something with a 5x zoom or crappy clarity."
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"- Good zoom (not as good as the Canon, however)."
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"(All though, I suspect other Super Zoom brands have a similar challenge because of the their sensor vs a DSLR sensor)."
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"Superb super zoom camera that takes impressive photos admired by all."
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"good zoom camera, lacks low light performance."
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"It has great image quality in daylight and great zoom."
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"Very good P&S camera with long wide angle zoom."
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"Has great zoom and is very easy to use."
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