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

ZS40? Can I upload videos to Facebook direrctly from camera??

I couldn't find anything on the 300+ page owners manual or the search on this forum. I'm wondering if or how I can load videos to Facebook from my new ZS40. Thanks in advance. Steve

blackgyr asked
20 days ago

ANSWERS

I think you can. Check in the Advanced Features manual under "Lumix Club." That lets you upload to a small list of social websites, and I *think* Facebook was one of them. Personally, I copy all photos to my PC, and then send them where I want them to go. Or, if I'm in a hurry and away from home, I use WiFi to transfer them to my smartphone, and from there to FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. So I'm not really sure about the direct links. But I think you can do it. Lumix Club is the key word to search on. Good luck! Continue Reading

Chicago Jake answered
19 days ago

Okay, so sending them to your smart phone is the fastest/best way to get them there???? Continue Reading

blackgyr answered
19 days ago

I don't know if it is the fastest or best, but it's what I do if I'm not near my PC. Sorry for my original reply; I just assumed that videos would work the same way as still photos, but I haven't tried them. Really not into videos, so you're on your own on that one! Good luck. Continue Reading

Chicago Jake answered
19 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

QUESTION

ZS40 SDXC Question

Hi... I'm considering buying the ZS40 and I had a question about its compatibility with SDXC cards. The owners manual says it is compatible with SDXC cards up to 64GB (it lists 32GB and 64GB as supported). Maybe there were no 128GB cards when the manual was created.  Does anyone know if it supports 128GB? Also, while the SDXC page on Panasonic's website talks about UHS (Ultra High Speed bus) cards, the manuals and a few internet searches haven't revealed to me whether or not the camera supports high speed transfers. There is an SDXC card on amazon.com that is 128GB and UHS compatible, purportedly for the ZS series cameras, but I don't know the brand and there are no reviews. And to be honest, I'm not sure the feature is even useful.  I'm not really interested in the transfer speed between the memory card and, say, a computer but rather the transfer speed from the camera's buffer to the card.  I would like a bigger card if possible, though. Any info is appreciated.  Thanks.

17 days ago

ANSWERS

While I can't answer your question about capacity, I can tell you that my ZS40 doesn't benefit from anything faster than a Sandisk Ultra card. I've tried both a Sandisk Extreme Pro and Samsung Pro cards with verified write speeds close to 80MB/s and buffer clearing/write times didn't improve at all. Continue Reading

cainn24 answered
17 days ago

Thanks, that's very helpful. Edit: I decided to check the sandisk website (why didn't I think of that before) and sandisk recommends specific products for a variety of cameras, including the ZS40.  Sandisk recommends up to Extreme Plus up to 128GB and states that Extreme Pro up to 64GB (UHS 1) is also compatible. I'm not sure how much weight to put on this.  First, sandisk is saying that the camera supports 128GB and second, that the camera will take advantage of the speed of the extreme plus but not the extreme pro. I didn't see a sandisk pro in their lineup. Continue Reading

Astral Walker answered
15 days ago

Whether I fire off a burst and time how long it takes for the camera to indicate that it's finished writing to the SD card, or see how many shots I can get off in 30 seconds by holding down the shutter button, the story is always the same: my Sandisk Ultra cards perform just as well as my Extreme Pro cards in the ZS40. So the Extreme Plus cards wouldn't do any better either. I wont try to talk you out of buying a faster card though. The superior read performance can come in handy for transferring gigabytes of images to your PC and the superior write performance might come in handy when used in some other camera (or device) that has better IO performance. Continue Reading

cainn24 answered
12 days ago
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