Summary: The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is hands-down my best ever camera purchase. I can't for the life of me figure the reviews about Japanese menus, but figure Amazon may have purchased a bunch intended for the Japanese market that weren't defaulted to english language. Ignore all these reviews. I had to change language to Japanese on mine to see what they were talking about, and was able to change it back to English simply enough but had not considered the menuing to be problematic...
Great camera but don't buy it from Japan unless you can read Japanese
Raymond Jones, Amazon
20 June 2013
Summary: I bought the camera from Japan and found it could not change the language. I returned the camera and got a full refund because the information on the sellers site did not say Japanese language only. I have since bought the same camera in Australia and it's great. The only thing is to save battery life, do not forget to turn off the GPS when not in use, or purchase additional batteries (2) and charger.
Fantastic product. Great picture quality with almost unlimited number ...
Jan Kordek, Amazon
20 June 2013
Summary: Fantastic product. Great picture quality with almost unlimited number of features including video recording ,WI-FI and GPS. Manual and all menu options in Japanese only but can be downloaded from the Panasonic webside.
Summary: My husband wanted a camera similar to mine which is the TZ30 as the TZ30 is very handy to carry around on holiday or just to leave around at home so that it can be grabbed when a great photo opportunity in the garden occurs. Neither of us can claim to be great photographers but TZ40 seems to be able to cope with rank amateurs and produce gorgeous pictures. I would highly recommend this little pocket rocket.
Summary: Bought this to replace my TZ20 which I lost three months ago but last week got it back. Its the same size as my older one and all black, whereas my old one had chrome fittings and a slider for on/off and for camera mode or viewing pictures which I prefer, this is just press button and automatically goes on camera mode when switched on so to view pictures you press to view after which I'll get used to.
Summary: Great camera, set to IA it takes really good photos, and if you can hold it still it takes good photos even on max zoom. Its a lot chunkier than my old camera but that's because of its excellent zoom, but it still feels ok in my hand. Video seems average but maybe that's me not setting it right. I'm not a fan of red eye flash but it doesn't seem to have an option to turn that aspect off, but its not the end of the world.
Summary: Just bought it and only after I read the reviews here and saw it would be all in japanese... well here is the english manual for those who left comments that they don't know how to read in japanese and don't understand the menus.
It doesn't come much better than this at the price!
Paul Madge, Amazon
15 August 2014
Summary: This, the TZ40, is one of Panasonic's travel zoom cameras although it is no longer the top of the range - that honour now goes to the more expensive TZ60. I am writing this review having owned the Panasonic Lumix TZ20, TZ30 and now the TZ40. I've also used the Canon 260HS a fair bit which is comparable. This camera is positioned in a very tough sector of the market and competition abounds from other brands including Canon, Samsung, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fuji.