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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the screen and battery are generally positive. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the sensor and features. There are some mixed opinions about the low light performance and flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40


The Panasonic DMC-LC40 is the second in the Lumix line to use a 4-megapixel image sensor and a LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON zoom lens. This compact and lightweight camera shares many of the same features found in the top-of-the-line DMC-LC5 model. The CCD emp

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (dcrevwer10, 15 Nov 06)


This camera was beyond my expertise when I purchased it new in 2003. I am pleased to see that it has grown in appreciation for its excellent lens and features. I am very pleased to have it and am using it more and more.

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (CO Photo, 23 Dec 05)


I just bought a like-new used LC-40 at a fantastic price. Great camera for street photography. Prints at 12x16 (using Genuine Fractals) are as sharp as you would expect from a Sumicron lens. Lens is great at f2 and f2.8. Start up time is quick. Easy...

Dim light focusing, but I didn't buy it for that use anyway


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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (Marcus Andr Lang, 30 Sep 05)


Bought it for 400CHF (anniversary deal of the shop) about 2.5 years ago. For the money the best buy at that time. I am very sattisfied with the lens quality. At first I was even shocked at the sharpness of the pictures - better than my Canon film...

The camera is just plain slow. This becomes a problem when photographing my kids ; And naturally the noise at higher ISO (I don't use these anymore - rather do some postprocessing in Ulead) ; Colours a bit oversaturated - but this can easily be...

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (Simon Ho, 17 Jul 05)


I'm not a big fan of Digital cameras, but the Panasonic DMC-LC40 is a good camera for what it's worth. Good quality pictures (once you set up all the proper settings for the ideal shooting conditions. Has some nice features like zoom-in feature for...

I don't know how many LC40 owners have gone through what I had to go through, but I had maybe 4 months of solid problem free use, but then I heard something loose rattling inside the camera. Although it did not affect the function, I let it go. I took...

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (UI, 4 Apr 05)


I do not generally like digital cameras, and prefer film cameras to them. So I did not want to spend a lot of money on them. I saw this DMC-LC40 in clearance at Ritz Cameras for only $185 with tax, so I thought for a camera that used to be $700 this is...


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Great camera


Interchangeable lens. Great resolutions, rechargeable, manF


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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (cosmiqueblue, 3 Feb 05)


After two years of using the LC40, I have finally upgraded to a FZ20. Time to review my experiences. I must say that since a family member of mine bought a Nikon 5000 several months ago, I have been itching to upgrade. The Nikon 5MP showed how far...

Poor picture quality, giving the photos a painted look ; Despite having saturation and contrast settings on high, te camera tended to take bland photos - this was of course usually fixable in Photoshop, but very annoying nonetheless

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (MusicDoctorDJ, 6 Nov 04)


I love this camera. While it is a top end point-and-shoot, I get excellent quality and sharpness on all of my photos! While it lacks most of the manual overide features of many more expensive cameras, I like the images better from this camera than my...

It is not too good in low-light situations . . . but if that is what you are shooting, then a higher-end camera (like the FZ-20) is what you should have, anyway

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC40 (NilsAndreas, 4 Jun 04)


My Panasonic DMC-LC40 was my first proper digital camera, and I was at first quite impressed with it, and a couple of features are still very good, a year and a half after I purchased it. I still use it, but never for anything requirig the flash. ...

I've rated both image quality and construction to "Poor" due to what seems like a software error to me ; There are now two very serious problems with my LC-40 ; 1) It will completely ruin most flash-shots by making them very, very over-exposed....

Product Specifications

A world leader in digital technology, Panasonic has developed an exciting new digital camera that breaks new ground in image creation. A digital camera is, first and foremost, a camera. Its main purpose is to capture clear, accurate images. But in developing Lumix, Panasonic took this concept a step further. The company's goal was not just to capture images accurately, but also to create the first-ever digital camera capable of rendering images with a beauty, subtlety, and delicacy that evoke a powerful emotional response in the viewer. With Lumix, Panasonic has created a digital camera that opens the door to an entirely new level of image creation. All of Lumix digital cameras are equipped with world-renowned Leica DC lenses to offer you the ultimate in digital photography. One of the Leica's most popular lenses, the Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens is now featured in Panasonic Lumix camera DMC-LC40S, bringing Leica's advanced optical technology to the world of digital photography. Thanks to Leica lenses, Lumix cameras can take digital photos that have the same emotional warmth, impact and subtlety as photographs shot on film. The DC Vario-Summicron lens features an exquisite soft-focus effect, vibrant colors and a general enhancement of nuance and depth. DMC-LC40S is equipped with a 3x optical zoom, capable of producing close-ups with amazing detail. The LCD screen on Lumix cameras lets you view your photos in detail before and after you take them. The built-in flash has an automatic setting, perfect for indoor use or in dim lighting, as well as a variety of manual settings, including "red eye" reduction modes.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):180min

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Macro / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.5
Max Focal Length:21mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.75"/1/1.76"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.4 mm ( 1/1.76 ) / 14.4 mm ( 1/1.76" )/14.5 mm ( 1/1.75 ) / 14.5 mm ( 1/1.75" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.9Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical