Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40
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12 August 2013
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.
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: 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
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: Panasonic has been wise with its improvements to its flagship travel compact camera. The Lumix DMC-TZ40 offers as good a feature set as any in its class, not least of which is a versatile and effectively stabilised lens, excellent touchscreen operation, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity, a variety of shooting modes and a lightweight build.
As for image quality, it is good for its class but by no means outstanding, being equal to many more run-of-the-mill compacts.
Excerpt: This 18mp compact camera is in the superzoom “travel” category with a focal length range of 24–480mm in film terms. The lens has five axis stablisation which helps to smooth camera movement when shooting video. Construction quality and ergonomics are good with touchscreen functions. HDR capture and processing are built in and work well.