The Lumix DMC-ZS40 (TZ60 outside of North America) is a compact travel zoom camera with a 30X, 24-720mm equiv. lens and 18.1 megapixel 'high sensitivity' MOS sensor. The ZS40 features both a 3-inch (920k dot) LCD as well as an electronic viewfinder (200k dot). The camera has full manual controls, Raw support, focus peaking, plus a control ring. Movies can be recorded as resolutions as high as 1080/60p. Sharing photos is easy, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Travelers will also appreciate the ZS40's onboard GPS receiver.
Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Compact Camera
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- 18.1MP 1/2.3"-type MOS sensor
- 24-720mm F3.3-6.4 image stabilized lens (30x optical zoom)
- 10 fps with AF lock/5 fps with continuous AF continuous shooting
- ISO 100-3200, expandable up to 6400
- 3-inch fixed touchscreen LCD with 920,000 dots
- Electronic viewfinder with 200,000 dots
- 1080 (60p/60i/30p) HD video (AVCHD/MPEG-4)
- PSAM and automatic exposure modes
- Built-in GPS receiver
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Other resolutions||4896 x 3264, 2896 x 2752, 3664 x 3664, 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2692, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||19 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (boost to 6400)|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–720 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.3 - F6.4|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||3 cm (1.18″)|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD with AR coating|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||6.40 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11 b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion battery and USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 64 x 34 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.34″)|
|GPS notes||Built-in place name database|
ZS40 user review for novice photographers
My dream camera The ZS40 marks the beginning of a new breed of pocket cameras with advanced features. Last year, when I was planning on replacing my aged Panasonic ZS15 I considered the ZS30 but eventually settled on the excellent Lumix LF1 – which had many of the advanced features of today's ZS40. In my dreams I envisioned a camera that combined the advanced features of the LF1 with the long and wide lens of the ZS30. The ZS40 is that camera, my dream come true. Today's digital cameras ...
For me the best outdoor camera I owned until now
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Wonderful compact camera
I just received the camera last week and I took it for a test run at the beach. I chose this camera because I take pics mostly outdoors so a viewfinder is very important. I love it, it's a compact carry anywhere, very light camera that does everything. Easy to handle and easy to take pics even at extended (not digital) 60x zoom. The only difficulty I had is that I aim with my left eye so it was difficult to set the diopter. Viewing with the left eye means the screen always smudges. It would ...
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£60 cheaper if I buy it in America than here in the UK. Walmart don't sell Panasonic cameras. Not listed on Best Buy's site. Where can I pick one up when we get to San Diego? Thanks
There is a camera store chain out in California called Samy's. they carry the ZS40. Their web site lists it at $447.99. Check their web site: www.samys.com . They seem to have stores in LA, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Ana and Pasadena. I don't know how far any of those are from San Diego, living on the east coast. You might also check Fry's, I think they sell Panny cameras also and they have a bunch of stores on the west coast. Sometimes Costco has certain models, but you need a membership. Good luck in your quest. Hopefully some of the west coast guys can chime in with some additional suggestions. Continue Reading
Samy's in Santa Ana (Orange County) is approx 1.5 hours driving time north from DT San Diego. Continue Reading
Thanks for the info Geoff. We will see if a 3 hour trip is worth it to get a new camera for Spinball. Are there any other camera stores in the area that might carry the ZS40? I am just trying to help Spinball find a camera. I am not familiar with what might be around in that area, being in SC. Continue Reading
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