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

4.51852 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

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

QUESTION

Sony RX100 over Lumix ZS40/TZ60 for travelling and shooting without flash?

I hope you guys can give me some advice: I want to buy a camera this week for a vacation. So far my travel camera has been the Panasonic DMC-TZ10. What do I want to use this camera for? - Hiking (shooting landscapes and whatever I come across in the woods, so mostly daylight, outside) - City Tours (so buildings during the day and friends/people in the evening) - Museums, churches and concerts where no flash is allowed All of this without much hassle, so the camera should start up fast and take great pics in full auto mode. I don't really have a clue about manual shooting so it's important that I have a reliable full auto mode. The zoom of my TZ10 came in quite handy for concerts but the pictures often were not that great. Main reason I want to replace it is that the pics my new iPhone5s took on my last hike turned out to be better but did not turn out to be that great once I turned them into a photo book on my mac (probably because the resolution is too low otherwise I would use the ...

FlashOff78 asked
7 days ago

ANSWERS

Not true. If you crop a file from, say, the RX100 MkII to get the same field of view that you get from the ZS40 at maximum zoom you will finish up with a file of about 750x500 pixels, 0.375MP, and the quality will be worse. The Rx100 MkIII will be even worse because it has a shorter maximum focal length. No. IMHO yes because of the better lens and the viewfinder, but the MkIII is more expensive and has a shorter zoom range. You will have to decide how important low light performance is compared with zoom range.  You could look at the Sony RX10 or the Panasonic FZ1000 to get the same low light performance with more zoom, but those are much bigger cameras. Continue Reading

Chris R-UK answered
7 days ago

Tough choice :( I guess I'll go with the zoom and lower pice and weight of the ZS40 and see if the shots I take in the evening are horrible enough to justify buying another pocketable camera in the near future in order to carry the one during the day and the other during the night. Thanks the fast reply! Continue Reading

FlashOff78 answered
7 days ago

You are being unrealistic with your expectations of a small sensor camera with a long zoom in a poorly lit environment like a concert hall. Try and use something with at least a 1" sensor and a bright lens and, yes, crop it sensibly in the computer. Don't go overboard with the cropping though and don't expect miracles if you pixel-peep or print large and view close. Of all the cameras I have, my camera of choice for such events is my Fuji X20, which hasn't got a long zoom nor a massive sensor, but does have a reasonably bright lens for its size. It also has a silent mode  that kills distracting lights and noise from the camera which is very useful, and it has a viewfinder, which is far better than using the EVF, if only for people to your side and behind you. I do have a TZ6 which performs like your old camera, great when there is plenty of light. Keep that, because the TZ60 is unlikely to reform much better in the dark, and get something like the RX100. The problem with the RX100 ... Continue Reading

Aberaeron answered
7 days ago

QUESTION

1. Play/review image in the TZ60 = ZS40 ? 2. Switch to MF ?

I found out, its not in all cameras with EVF possible to review/inspect taken images in the viewfinder. For example its not possible in the Sony HX300, but in the HX400V. 1. How about postview in the TZ60 = TZ61 = ZS40 ? Can you inspect images you took an hour ago, in the viewfinder, by switching to play and using/switching-to the EVF? I am interrested in either the Panny TZ60 or fuji Finepix S1 . 2. Just another question: How many button presses to switch from Autofocus to Manual Focus ?

Mr.NoFlash asked
8 days ago

ANSWERS

Yes, you can do that. You press "MF" on the control dial at the rear of the camera, then scroll down in the menu from AF to MF. Ian Continue Reading

Ianperegian answered
8 days ago
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