Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 review

April 9, 2013

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40



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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 updates the firm's travel compact camera and features a 20x Leica zoom lens and introduces a new 18.1-million-pixel sensor plus built-in Wi-Fi. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 review to find out how it performs...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 review – Our verdict

Panasonic has been wise with its improvements to its flagship travel compact camera. The Lumix DMC-TZ40 offers as good a feature set as any in its class, not least of which is a versatile and effectively stabilised lens, excellent touchscreen operation, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity, a variety of shooting modes and a lightweight build.

As for image quality, it is good for its class but by no means outstanding, being equal to many more run-of-the-mill compacts. That said, the TZ40 has an increased resolution with no detrimental effect on its image quality across a variety of lighting conditions and ISO settings. As travel compacts go, the TZ40 is about as good as it gets.

  • Video: Full HD 1920x1080 pixels, 50p
  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 presets, custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: None
  • LCD: 3in, approx 920,000-dot LCD touchscreen
  • Output Size: 4896 x 3672 pixels
  • Hotshoe: No
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in (6.17 x 4.55mm) CMOS sensor with 18.1 million effective pixels
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, 19 scene modes including 3D, panorama, creative control
  • Weight: Approx 198g (with battery and memory card)
  • Power: Lithium-Ion DMW-BCM13E battery – 300 shot life
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, 5fps with continuous AF, 10fps in single AF, 40 or 60fps at 5MP and 2.5MP respectively, self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/2000sec, 30secs in starry sky mode
  • File Format: Still: JPEG. Video: MPEG, AVCHD
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 24-480mm (equivalent) f/3.3-8
  • Focusing Modes: Tracking, 23-point, face, touch, 1-point, spot
  • Dimensions: 108.3 x 58.9 x 27.7mm
  • Metering System: TTL intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 High-Speed, HDMI
  • RRP: £349.99
  • ISO: Auto, ISO 100-3200 extended to ISO 6400

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