Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (boost to 6400)
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–720 mm
Optical zoom 30×
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F6.4
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points 23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with AR coating
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 200,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.40 m
External flash No
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)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 12MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes Built-in place name database

Reviews

User Reviews

4.27083 out of 5 stars
  • daveh6700, Mar 17, 2014 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • HermanTheGerman, Apr 10, 2014 GMT:
    For me the best outdoor camera I owned until now

    daveh6700 already wrote a  review I agree with, where I just added some remarks, and answered some user questions, so it's not necessary to repeat a lot. You might be disappointed that I as an outdoor fotographer do not describe the GPS feature of the camera, but I turned it off. I nearly always have an outdoor GPS unit with me, therefore I do not want to waste battery power for a feature I do not need (I'm used to georeference my fotos with a software on my PC, using the GPS-track of my ...

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  • Galbar, Apr 22, 2014 GMT:
    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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  • Zraa, May 1, 2014 GMT:
    Good camera, but does it have a strange bit of software.

    Great little camera with great image quality. The EVF gives a clear enough image for me, and its positioning means I don't get smudges on the screen.( I use my right eye).  I decided to splash out on the proper Panasonic case as the lens cover mechanism looks flimsy. Nice to be able to zoom while shooting video, which I couldn't with my old camera. Has anyone else found Football Manager13 on their SD/SDHC card after using it in the TZ60?  While hunting on my SanDisk SDHC card for the video ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Upgrade of Lumix ZS40 (TZ-60) planned?

I am seriously thinking of purchasing a Panasonic Lumix ZS40 for work (I am a travel writer). Need something light to carry in my pocket on assignment. The compact size, 30x zoom and particularly optical viewfinder for shooting in bright sunlight are attractive. But I notice that Panasonic seems to come out with a newer model in this line every year, and this one has been out about a year. Should I wait a few months to see if a newer model is released or jump in now?  Thank you.

rich7249 asked
13 days ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

How does a ZS35K differ from a ZS40K?

Right now the ZS35 is $200, and the ZS40 is $348. What is the difference that makes one more pricy than the other?

edhume asked
11 days ago

ANSWERS

Let me Google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=zs35+vs+zs+40 Continue Reading

wolfd answered
11 days ago

The only reason I bought the ZS40 was the EVF, the electronic view finder.  I don't use the GPS or the WiFi or any other "extra" feature, but the EVF makes the big difference for me !  It makes it much easier to take most pictures, but not all, sometimes it is better to use the normal screen. Note that the EVF is rather small, and you must "place your eye" at the right spot to see anything. But the EVF is bright, and I easily got accustomed to it. regards JahnG Continue Reading

JahnG answered
10 days ago

There are several differences between them, with the main one being, as Jahn said, that the ZS35 does not have an EVF. This is the summary by DPR when the two models were announced: “Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-ZS40 travel zoom, also known as DMC-TZ60 in some markets. Equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC, it provides a 30x zoom range (24-720mm equiv), an 18.1 megapixel sensor, and a built-in electronic viewfinder. Its enthusiast-leaning feature set includes a control ring around the lens, Raw shooting and focus peaking. Also introduced is a lower-cost model, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 (TZ55), with Wi-Fi connectivity (though no NFC). The ZS35 covers a 28-560mm equivalent 20x zoom range, uses a 16 megapixel sensor, and lacks a viewfinder.” Ian Continue Reading

Ianperegian answered
10 days ago

QUESTION

Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7

Hi all, I am trying to find a camera to use when I go on travels for climbing/travel. I used to have an Olympus XZ-1, as was very happy with it, but it got stolen. So now I am looking for a new one. I am on a limited budget, and have suggested the below cameras as I know I can afford them. TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N (with 16-50mm), A3000 (with 18-55)mm, LX7. While reading climbing blogs, I've noticed that alot of people recommend having some wide angle and zoom capabilities, which is why I've included the FZ72. A friend of mine is very happy with her LX7 when taking pictures of people climbing, so that's why its in the bunch. And RAW is necessary as well. The two mirrorless cameras are in the bunch because I've heard that it might be nice to have an option of changing lenses. However, I will not do that yet because of a limited budget. The TZ60 is known for being a good camera for travellers. Any suggestions or tips? Or if there are others in the same price range which offer a good wide ...

evelyn87 asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

I would not recommend the Sony a3000 for rugged outdoor activities like rock climbing. It's just a wee plastic lad, doesn't have weather proofing, and is egg shell like. It's a great camera I use, but taking it along where a good beating could easily occur? Well, I guess it's cheap and better than breaking a $3000 body so in that sense it is almost a disposable as you could buy 10 a3000's to one A7r .... so maybe a couple of climbs you get lucky and nothing gets broke? I'd still want a more solid frame although lightweight is a solid forte of the a3000 sturdy is not..... Continue Reading

Diginal answered
4 months ago

I can really recommend the nikon AW1. It's mirrorless. Underwater secured but the best feature is that it's very easy to handle with one hand. Also it's very fast focusing and shoots extremely rapid for a camera in that class, even in raw. And it's the most rugged mirrorless. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
4 months ago
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