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Monday, November 6, 2023

Lumix DMC-FZ45, First Impression

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The CCD Sensor: Image image-making with a sticky and uncomfortable-to-use zoom lever on a 14.1 MP CCD Lumix DMC-FZ45.
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 is identical to the FZ40, only in which region it was sold (North America or Europe). The image qualities from these two models are, of course, equally identical. I have both of these cameras, the FZ45 being an earlier buy, but it came with a sticky zoom lever that stays at the position it was pushed to without wanting to center itself. I found this rather uncomfortable to use and decided to use a copy of the FZ40, which works perfectly.

The FZ45/FZ40, launched in 2010, replaces the FZ38/35 launched in 2009. The model has a bigger 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom equivalent to a 25-600mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera, a 14.1 MP CCD sensor (the FZ38/35 had an 18x zoom and a 12.1MP CCD sensor), a 3.0-inch 230,000 pixel LCD screen. The FZ40 also comes with AVCHD Lite 720p HD video recording, and Sonic Speed auto-focus system, the industry's fastest focus times.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45

The specs of the FZ45/40 were close to that of the FZ100 which had a 14.1MP CMOS sensor, a fully articulated 3.0-inch 460k monitor, and 1920 x 1080 full HD (1080i) video recording in AVCHD format. Another minor but welcome change with the FZ45/40 is the replacement of the Record/Playback slider switch of the FZ38/35 with a simple button to access playback mode. The slider switch is now replaced by a push-and-turn dial for adjusting shutter speed and aperture settings in programmed modes.



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