With its 28mm wide-angle optic (35mm equivalent), the Panasonic TZ40 offers good scope for different subject matters and is ideal for general and landscape shots.
Although the Panasonic TZ40 is capable of resolving a good amount of detail, if you zoom into this image to 100%, there is some noticeable smoothing to be seen. It's not too much of a problem when viewing images at normal print and web sizes.
Panoramic images can be captured by the Panasonic TZ40 by sweeping the camera across a scene. For the first time, digital filters can also be used with panoramas for added creativity.
Automatic metering does a good job of providing well exposed scenes, even when there are areas of mixed lighting or contrast.
The Panasonic TZ40 is equipped with several digital filters. This is the Dynamic Monochrome setting, which gives the effect of a high contrast black and white scene.
This Dramatic Tone filter gives the effect of a high dynamic range image, boosting contrast and colours. It works well with landscapes, but is probably best avoided for certain subjects, such as portraits.
Toy Camera is another example of the digital filter effects that are available on the Panasonic TZ40.
Macro focusing enables you to get close to the subject, to fill the frame. Focusing is a little slower, but generally accurate.
Despite the small sensor size of the Panasonic TZ40, you can still get pleasing shallow depth of field effects.
The 20x optical zoom length gives great flexibility - this shot is taken at the widest end of the focal range.
This shot is taken right at the end of the 20x optical zoom range, enabling you to get very close. The optical stabilisation system has done a good job of keeping blur to a minimum here.