The Panasonic company is probably best known for cameras and televisions. But did you also know that they used to own Universal Studios? Panasonic is well respected for its prestige in the electronics industry.
The company has received awards for its camera products from EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association), TIPA, and Digital Photographer Magazine among many others.
It’s Lumix range of digital bridge cameras features well rounded devices for the enthusiastic hobbyist and professional alike. But in 2014 the company launched it’s most advanced and best Panasonic bridge camera to date, the DMC-FZ1000 which is able to shoot 4K footage.
If you’re fancy enough to own a 4K TV, you’ll know that 4K means four thousand pixels, as opposed to HD which only has 1080. The visual quality of 4K is phenomenal. In the future, we’ll probably all have cameras with 4K footage, but for now Panasonic is just slightly ahead of its time.
Panasonic Lumix Bridge Cameras Comparison Table
Please note that the number of reviews and average ratings are taken from Amazon UK. They were correct at the time this table was compiled.
All ratings are based on a scoring out of 5 stars. We have indicated a current price but this may differ as and when special offers become available and depending on where you decide to buy.
Short Reviews of Panasonic’s Lumix Range
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000/FZ1000EB Digital Bridge Camera
This is Panasonic’s flagship model, a bridge camera capable of competing with all but the best DSLRs. If you want the nearest thing to a DSLR look no further.
Launched in September 2014 it brings 4K Ultra HD recording to video and includes a large 20.1MP 1 inch sensor. While the 16x optical zoom isn’t the longest the clarity of the larger sensor gives amazing quality when enlarging your images.
Low light pictures are handled with ease and, though a weighty 871g, the camera is very comfortable to hold.
Buyers give it a very healthy 4.7 out of 5 approval rating and with over 40 buyer reviews this is a well loved camera even with the heavy price tag.
With further reductions you may be able to buy the DMC-FZ1000EB for around £600. A steal if ever there was one.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Bridge Camera
Launched back in 2012 this bridge camera is still a great little performer. As well as a 24x optical zoom and 12MP sensor it offers one of the fastest burst rates among it’s peers, some 10 fps.
With a wide angle lens of 25mm the FZ200 copes very well with most photo opportunities from people groups to close up nature photography.
An articulated 3inch LCD screen makes finding the right angle for your shot a breeze and the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder overcomes the usual ‘the sun’s too bright’ dilemma that we too often get with our smartphone screens.
Over 175 reviews averaging a steady 4.6 out of 5 approval rating prove this camera has an excellent track record of usability and quality images.
The mid-range price of around £265 makes it a very appealing buy for those who want a little bit more from their bridge camera or even a high spec compact camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Digital Camera
The FZ72 boasts one of the longest range zoom lenses of all the Panasonic bridge cameras.
At 60x optical zoom and an amazing 20mm ultra wide angle lens you are in complete control of your subject both far and near.
Ideal for wildlife or sports photographers the versatility of this camera shouts out at you.
Image capture quality is excellent as the sensor handles 16MP impressions.
Over 200 buyers have returned an average rating of 4.6 out of five for the FZ72 since it became available in July of 2013. Consistently good marks over a reasonable period of time.
A minor downside against newer cameras is the lack of GPS and Wi-Fi. If you can live without this you’re on a winner.
Available currently at under the £200 mark this bridge camera will not let you down, whatever your expectation.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Compact Bridge Camera
While the DMC-LZ40 is a relative newcomer from Panasonic, launched in January 2014, it is not one of their best offerings based on user and buyer reviews.
With a disappointing average score of 3.6 out of 5 too many buyers are unhappy with the quality of image they have been able to capture from this low end camera.
Though packed with lots of advanced technology it just doesn’t seem produce the required results.
Onboard are a massive 42x zoom and 20MP sensor, 720p video recording and manual setting options for user creativity, so you would expect great results – alas!
Lack of a viewfinder and poor image stabilisation also created problems for some users.
You may love the spec but probably worth checking other bridge cameras in the under £150 price bracket.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Bridge Camera
The DMC-LZ30 is the lowest priced of Panasonic’s bridge camera range.
While it feels like you are handling a DSLR, and the grip is extremely comfortable, this camera has very few additional features.
Yes it houses a really long optical zoom of 35x magnification and has a 16MP sensor to reduce image noise. But the lack of shutter or aperture priority modes leave little room for creativity.
This camera is really for the novice who wants to experience the feel of using a ‘real’ camera while not having to grapple with complicated settings – the LZ30 will do all the thinking for you. That said, it has a nifty max wide-angle aperture of 25mm, can record video and has 12 scene modes to choose from.
The average rating from 90 buyers who reviewed this camera is a creditable 4.2 out of 5. showing that the majority of users understand the limitations of a camera costing just over £100 and are well satisfied.
For those on a tight budget the LZ30 is a capable but basic introduction to bridge camera photography.
That concludes our mini reviews of the Lumix range and our quest to find the best panasonic bridge cameras.
New and upgraded models continue to appear from Panasonic but you can see that the current range has something for every photographer, and a camera for every style of photography.
Check out individual camera reviews as they appear or to understand more about bridge cameras read our buying guide here.