Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 / DMC-ZS30
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The camera only has a Japanese menu on the screen
Dennis B, Amazon
25 December 2014
Summary: I bought the camera with the perception that the manual and instructions were in Japanese. This was not a problem because I found a manual on line in English. When I received the camera and turned it on everything was in Japanese.
Summary: This might be a nice camera for someone that is a photographer and really knows about cameras, it was too complicated for me. I actually have a huge camera with telephoto lens, cannon D something and I found that easier to use than this camera.
Excerpt: My wife wanted a new camera before we went on an overseas trip late last year. She knew exactly what she wanted. It had to be compact, white, have a grip and a reasonably long telephoto. Image quality was not a consideration! This camera gets pretty good reviews. It got damaged last week, with some pressure on the the lens protector cover, thus it is refusing to fully retract. Thank God. I'll be glad to see it go.
Lack of viewfinder made it impossible to use in bright light.
SamanthaG "SamanthaG", Amazon
18 January 2014
Summary: This went back! I used it on a trip to the beach and the viewing screen was impossible to see outside. So I had to aim in the general direction of whatever my subject was, but could see nothing. I will say that the photo quality was very good, thus 2 stars, not one. I don't understand how anyone with a more than casual interest in photography could tolerate this problem. It's very difficult to find a small digital camera with a viewfinder, though there are several.
Summary: this was meant to be an upgrade for my much beloved ZS7, more zoom better in low light. It was better in low light, but the colors and pictures lacked in crispness. I was hoping to love it, but having my old camera still around to compare the exact same shots, I came to the conclusion that I'll never be really happy with it and returned it
Summary: The camera I received had Version 1.0 software which was unable to be changed to read English language in the menus, so I was unable to use it. has been returned to sender. might be a fine camera, but double check this before you buy from any Japanese seller!!
Summary: I bought the ZS30 in hopes it would replace/upgrade my aging and much loved ZS15. Unfortunately it didn't meet my needs so after just two days I returned it to Amazon. Short story – long; here is what I learned. I am a very experienced photographer and for the past seven or eight years I have used Panasonic cameras exclusively. For vacation and “serious” photography I love my GX1 (a micro four thirds replacement for my previous Panasonic DSLR).