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Panasonic TZ40 review

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

Panasonic TZ40 review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Automatic metering does a good job of providing well exposed scenes, even when there are areas of mixed lighting or contrast.

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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.

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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.

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Toy Camera is another example of the digital filter effects that are available on the Panasonic TZ40.

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Macro focusing enables you to get close to the subject, to fill the frame. Focusing is a little slower, but generally accurate.

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Despite the small sensor size of the Panasonic TZ40, you can still get pleasing shallow depth of field effects.

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The 20x optical zoom length gives great flexibility - this shot is taken at the widest end of the focal range.

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width108.2 mm
Depth27.7 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ40
Product NameDMC-TZ40 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
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.

Package Contents
  • DMC-TZ40 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software DVD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year