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Panasonic DMC-ZS40S Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Silver)

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  • Eye level viewfinder (EVF) for improved viewing and stability
  • Leica 30X Super Zoom (24-720mm) stabilized for still & HD Video
  • Lens mounted control ring for improved feature control versatility
  • Future Proofed with GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC
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Color: Silver
  • image-stabilization

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Color Silver Black Black Black
Optical Zoom 30 multiplier x 20 multiplier x 20 multiplier x 20 multiplier x
Viewfinder LCD None None fixed LCD
Max Resolution 18.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 14.1 megapixels 18 megapixels
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1080p
Image Stabilization Optical Optical Optical Optical
Battery Description Lithium-ion battery and USB charger Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger Panasonic DMW-BCM13
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches Information not Provided
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Information not Provided
Dimensions 2.52 inches x 4.37 inches x 1.34 inches 2.32 inches x 4.13 inches x 1.1 inches 2.32 inches x 4.13 inches x 1.1 inches 4.26 inches x 2.32 inches x 1.09 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 18.1 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 14.1 megapixels 18.1 megapixels
Optical Sensor Technology Information not Provided CMOS CMOS CMOS
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches ; 8.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00IOTTLZY
  • Item model number: DMC-ZS40S
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 17, 2014

Product Description

Color: Silver

Panasonic LUMIX ZS40: The All-in-one 30X Super Zoom Adventure Camera

Customer Reviews

It is easy to use and takes great pictures.
Daniel F. Davis
This feature goes to the best camera is the one you have with you.
21st Century Hermit
Using the EVF also let me steady the camera better.
Wat

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192 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Wat on April 14, 2014
Color Name: Silver
I never thought I would go back to a small sensor compact, especially with quality options like the Sony RX series or any of the Olympus/Panasonic micro four thirds cameras.

Why the ZS40 then?

The main selling points to me on paper and now in actual use are:

1) 24-720mm lens
This is an amazing range for such a small body. The lens is sharpest from 24mm to around 300mm. Anything above that I will bump the aperture up a stop or two. This usually means I have to set the ISO around 400 to still get decent shutter speed. ISO 400 is quite good.

2) Built-in EVF
When I first looked through the EVF, I thought it was way too small. I took it to an Okaland A's baseball game in brutal sun and the EVF worked fantastic. The rear LCD was beyond useless in the overpowering sun and the EVF really saved the day. I was able to get nice wide shots of the crowd and zoom in super close to the players. Using the EVF also let me steady the camera better. The best part was that the camera was so small I had it in a belt case and barely knew it was there until the times I needed it.

3) RAW support
Usually RAW is just a waste on such a small sensor, but you can squeeze a decent amount of extra detail depending on how well you nailed the exposure. The latest LR and Adobe updates now support the RAW files so that's a big plus for me now.

4) 1080p 60p video and stabilization
Really great video quality. Already took some great family videos, footage at the ballgame, and some indoor action. The lowlight video is still not as good as some Sony cameras, but it's much better than previous Panasonic cameras.

5) Stylish
This is a personal thing, but I really like the two tones gun metal grey and black body of the ZS40.
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118 of 118 people found the following review helpful By 21st Century Hermit on April 17, 2014
Color Name: Silver
Pros:
- Pocketable
- 30X Zoom Lens (24-720mm equivalent)
- EVF
- Adjustment ring around lens
- Adjustment wheel around 4-way controller
- GPS with logging and geotagging
- Amazing menus

Cons:
- Internal battery charge via non-standard cable
- 18 MP sensor
- No Maps

BODY:
The body is completely covered in an elastomer (all the black areas on the silver version), while great in hand, this rubber coating impedes the insertion into small pockets. No professional or user review has ever mentioned the rubber coating, it was a complete surprise to me. The front raised grip and rear thumb rest are well placed and are all you need for a secure grip of such a light camera.

LENS & SENSOR
The lens and sensor have to be discussed together. The 30X zoom would not be possible without the tiny sensor, even then the maximum aperture f/3.5-f/6.3 is dim. The lens has 5 aspherical elements with 10 aspherical surfaces, only possible at this price by molding, not grinding, the elements. A decade ago a single aspherical element was a big deal, how far we've come. The tiny CMOS sensor has the light gathering pixels on one side and control transistors on the other, unlike a CCD sensor. Why 18MP, only because the stupid MP race has yet to end, more tiny pixels is not better, just adds digital noise. Don't expect miracles, this camera is more about world class memories than world class images.

ADJUSTMENT RINGS:
The two adjustment rings, one around the lens and another around the 4-way controller are amazingly handy and user configurable. Their function changes depending on the mode you set unless you "lock" them via the menu. I locked the lens ring to zoom only.
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194 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Albert on April 10, 2014
Color Name: Silver
So I read all the reviews here as well as all the professional reviews I could find and purchased this camera from a third party to get it sooner. I've had it now a couple days and am impressed with the camera itself - I would give it 5 stars if I were just rating the camera.

The build quality is excellent and it feels solid. The image quality is excellent given the small sensor and 18 megapixels (though I agree with many that it might have been even better if there were only 16 or fewer megapixels). Yes there is noise at higher ISOs (above 400), but I expected that and it seems very good to excellent for this class of camera. FYI, [...] has sample shots and nice review of the Canon sx700 with a comparison to Panasonic zs40. His verdict is that the image quality and noise reduction are similar overall - one edges the other in some situations, the other edges ahead in other situations (it will be interesting to see the [...] review of the Panasonic when it comes out in the near future).

The 30x lens is lovely! Nice and wide to great distance. The image stabilizing works well. Focusing is fast, except at long zoom and very low light (which is typical of this class of cameras). I've seen some reviews complain about the low resolution of the electronic viewfinder (EVF), so I was surprised to find it is much better than I expected - once I used the diopter control to adjust it for my glasses. Best, at least it has an EVF for those bright, sunny days when that pretty much wipe out your ability to see the LCD!! Nothing else in this class has that. As for the LCD, it is large and sharp. The various display options show a lot of information, and there is an optional histogram (though small).
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