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

4.77083 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

Multiple shots at same aperture & speed [LF1 and TZ60/ZS40]

I've converted from Ixus 100 IS (etc.) to the subject cameras (at least until Canon come up with compacts with EVF), but I am missing the panorama facility of Canon compacts (see some examples at: http://speleotrove.com/gallery/Panoramas.html ) -- the Panasonic in-camera panoramas just don't match the quality of separate shots stitched later. So .. can anyone suggest a quick and convenient way of taking multiple shots on either of the subject cameras using the exposure settings of the first shot?  I'm happy to dedicate a Custom mode if it needs some setting-up. (A fairly thorough delve through the manuals didn't turn up anything, but apologies if I missed something obvious.) Mike Cowlishaw

caver101 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

"Multiple shots at same aperture & speed" That's easy, simply set manual exposure and tweak them using the histogram when you partial press the shutter button. But you need one more thing, fixed focus, especially with vari-focal lenses. If the focus changes, so does the "zoom". You must have a constant focus for the entire pano set. I was trying to do this yesterday and found and even bigger problem using the EVF. The constant view of an OVF goes away when you press the shutter. Really tough on handheld panos. May have an answer for EVF panos: Instead of moving immediately like with an OVF, wait until the image returns in the EVF, establish a reference, move to new position, fire shutter, wait and repeat. Continue Reading

21st Hermit answered
1 month ago

Mike, this very simple with either. Example here of one taken on TZ60, 6 images ( I actually bracketed each shot and will post HDR version when I get back home) used in the pano. On my TZ60 I have the FN button set to AEL. To shoot a manual pano: select mid point/light in intended panorama, press AEL, then simply take as many shots as required with 20 to 40% overlap keeping camera level - the electronic levels and grid help to keep alignment. On my PC, I stitch with MS ICE, if I've bracketed I first fuse/ merge with Photomatix Essential (essential exact same settings are used for each set of AEB frames).  If you look on my Flickr account you'll see several panos produced using this method. Continue Reading

windmillgolfer answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Where can I buy a ZS40 in San Diego

£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

Spinball asked
26 days ago

ANSWERS

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

Jerry045 answered
26 days ago

Samy's in Santa Ana (Orange County) is approx 1.5 hours driving time north from DT San Diego. Continue Reading

geoffmalter answered
25 days ago

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

Jerry045 answered
25 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
8 days ago

ANSWERS

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