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Panasonic TZ40 review

Travel compact camera gets an upgrade - but how does it fare?

As part of our image quality testing for the Panasonic TZ40, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Panasonic TZ40 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Panasonic TZ40 review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

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ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Noise Reduction
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)172.4 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Flash Memory Capacity12 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate220 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.9 mm
Width108.2 mm
Depth27.7 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ40
Product NameDMC-TZ40 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ40EB-W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Super Zoom Camera TZ40 - Featuring 20x Super Zoom, Wi-Fi®, NFC (Near Field Communication) Technology, and GPS in an Ultra Compact Body

The DMC-TZ40 incorporates 24mm ultra wide-angle 20x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm), which is outstanding in class for its quality and versatility. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent 40x Zoom is available with minimum deterioration of picture quality even combining the digital zoom. The Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating is applied for stunning clarity with minimum flare and ghost. The zoom functions are also available in the video recording.

The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is newly integrated in the DMC-TZ40 to realize both high quality image recording and high speed signal processing. Newly adopted Wavelet NR (Noise Reduction) in the Venus Engine and Edge Smoothing NR enable capturing high sensitivity image with reduced noise and smooth edges even at high ISO settings. The high speed digital signal output technology realizes high speed consecutive shooting at 10 fps in full resolution with mechanical shutter and the Light Speed AF.

The DMC-TZ40 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity and NFC technology. NFC lets users connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet by just placing them nearby and follow the simple guidance. With "Panasonic Image App", users can enjoy remote shooting easy SNS upload, and Instant Transfer, which allows the camera to automatically transfer data to the designated electronic devices. Transferring data to PC is available via wireless access point (router) at home. The Wi-Fi Direct™ allows direct playback of images on some of the DLNA-compliant VIERA HDTV.

The DMC-TZ40 can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos with stunning smoothness at 50p in AVCHD Progressive and 25p in MP4 format. The POWER O.I.S. is upgraded with an inclusion of HYBRID O.I.S.+ for video recording with 5-axis correction that detects and effectively compensates for the camera's 5 types of movement. Newly added Level Shot detects the horizontal line and keep it even if the camera is tilted. In addition, the high speed video at 100fps in HD quality is available.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-TZ40 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software DVD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker