Summary: Overall, the Panasonic DMC-TZ40 is a very good Super Zoom, which does not shine, particularly for image quality, but it compensates with technological equipment or almost unparalleled (for a device of this range) enclosed in a very compact form factor and appealing. If that’s what you look for in a modern camera, and if you are not bothered by the high ISO performance only discrete and the relative aperture for the lens, we have no reason to advise against the purchase.
Conclusion: Overall, this is an excellent camera, which should be one of the highest considerations for those looking for the ideal travel compact that offers more than some of the standard options on the market.
Summary: For the price of Rs. 25,990, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 makes a compelling argument as a good purchase. Do we like it? Yes. Is it perfect? No. All in all, it's a really fast travel zoom and we do recommend you get yourself one if you're in the market to buy.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Fast burst rate, Lots of video frame rate options, Stereo microphones
Cons: Changing aperture and shutter speed is awkward, Poorly designed menus, Lens has a slow aperture., Slightly pricier than cameras in its league
Panasonic Lumix ZS30 is a fun, feature-filled compact megazoom
23 June 2013
Summary: A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.
Pros: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 gets you a lot of features in a compact body including a 20x zoom lens, 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi for remote control of the camera as well as easy sharing, high-speed and full HD movie capture, and GPS. Photo quality and shooting performance are very good for its class.
Cons: The power and Wi-Fi buttons are too easy to accidentally press. There's no raw capture option. Battery life can be short if you do more than just take photos. Photos look soft and have visible noise/artifacts when viewed at full size even at its lowest ISO.
Summary: Costing the same as the TZ30 when it was launched, the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 offers more connectivity options and better all-round features. The long zoom, great handling and simple menu system add up to make it a great camera to use, and while we'd like the next TZ model to offer Raw, its JPEGs will satisfy those that it's designed for.
Conclusion: Panasonic has once again delivered the goods. The TZ40 is a richly featured and highly versatile travel compact that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a digital camera that’s small enough to take anywhere but flexible enough to capture great images – even when your subject is far away. With the addition of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, Panasonic has also ensured that the TZ40 is future-proofed with the must-have digital camera technology of the day.
Summary: To look at last year's TZ30 / ZS20 you'd again be forgiven for thinking it already had everything apart from the kitchen sink: a very usable 20x optical zoom packed into a surprisingly pocketable camera with full manual control, 1080p HD video, touchscreen, 360 degree panorama stitching, and GPS backed-up by a built-in database of over a million landmarks and on-screen mapping.
Pros: Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in slim body., 1080p video with zooming, stereo sound and continuous AF., Built-in GPS with landmarks and basic street mapping., Built-in Wifi with NFC and smartphone remote control., Touch-screen interface - just tap where you want it to focus., Fast continuous shooting up to 10fps at the full resolution., Slow motion video at 200fps in VGA or 100fps in 720p.
Cons: Can't disable IS for video - not ideal for tripod filming., Touch-screen not used for text-entry., Need to be running Image App before attempting Wifi or NFC link., NFC connection sometimes requires several taps., Direct uploads from camera are slow & require signup with Lumix Club.
Summary: The basics Who needs a camcorder when you can use a compact camera that takes great stills too? That’s the question Jason and Rachel are asking this week, and the Panasonic TZ40 is the latest gadget submitted into evidence for their argument. With its 18 megapixel sensor and 20x optical zoom, it can grab glorious full HD video from afar as well as take incredible still images, but it’s the extra tech that makes it so much more convenient: as well as Wi-Fi for easy...