Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 / DMC-ZS30
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4 October 2014
Excerpt: 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 off-loading of...
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.
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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.
Pros: Huge zoom in a slimline design; Great stabilisation system; Strong bulding; Wi-fi and NFC connectivity
Cons: No Raw support; Buttons are small; Touchscreen icons could be made larger
Summary: Panasonic TZ40 review: the new addition to Panasonic’s popular ultra-wide TZ range of travel compacts brings a lot of sophisticated features. But can it deliver on image quality? Amy Davies puts it to the test in her Panasonic TZ40 review video. The TZ series is Panasonic’s popular range of travel compacts and this is the TZ40, the latest version, featuring a 20x optical zoom Leica lens.
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...