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Panasonic DMC-ZS40K Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

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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
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Color Black Black Silver Black
Optical Zoom 30 x 30 x 30 x 29 x
Viewfinder LCD electronic viewfinder LCD None
Optical Sensor Resolution 18.1 MP 18 MP 12 MP 16.1 MP
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 0.2 inches 3 inches
Image Stabilization Y Y Y Y
Includes External Memory Y N Y N
Dimensions 2.52 inches x 4.37 inches x 1.34 inches 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches x 4.4 inches 2.56 inches x 4.37 inches x 1.34 inches 5 inches x 12 inches x 13 inches
Item Weight 0.53 pounds 0.62 pounds 0.54 pounds 0.93 pounds
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Color: Black

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera is a compact travel zoom camera with a 30x, 24-720mm equiv. lens and 18.1 megapixel high sensitivity' MOS sensor. The ZS40 features both a 3" (920k dot) LCD as well as an electronic viewfinder (200k dot). The camera has full manual controls, Raw support, focus peaking, plus a control ring. Movies can be recorded as resolutions as high as 1080/60p. Sharing photos is easy, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Travelers will also appreciate the ZS40's onboard GPS receiver.

Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 4.4 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 8.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00I9OPF2W
Item model number DMC-ZS40K
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.2 out of 5 stars 465 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #491 in Camera & Photo
#50 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com March 17, 2014

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

Key features include: 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, and Future Proofed with GPS and WiFi with NFC.

Control Ring

Manual control is easy to do with the Control Ring. You'll be empowered with direct, intuitive control over frequently used settings like zooming, aperture, shutter speed, and Creative Control filters. Manual focusing is also available with smooth Control Ring operation.

Manual Focus / Focus Peaking

For more precise control over focusing, the ZS40 incorporates Focus Peaking that shows the peak of focus in MF mode. You can see the peak of focus while monitoring the subject in live view, and take advantage of this function when controlling* the camera with a smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi for both photo and video recording. *It is recommended to use the latest version of the 'Panasonic Image App' to use this feature

The Power to Boost Your Creativity
The Power to Boost Your Creativity

In addition to a remarkable 30x* optical zoom lens, the Panasonic LUMIX ZS40 features powerful manual functions to boost your creativity. Enjoy a LVF (Live View Finder), a Control Ring, RAW compatibility, and Focus Peaking all in an ultra-compact body. You'll have the power to shoot everything from ordinary snapshots to breathtaking travel photography and beyond. *35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm

30x Optical Super Zoom in an Ultra-Compact Body
30x Optical Super Zoom in an Ultra-Compact Body

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS40 is packed with optical technologies for superior versatility in your photography. Discover the 24mm ultra wide-angle lens for dynamic landscapes and travel photography, or extend the lens to a 30x zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) for capturing candid portraits, sports, and wildlife photography. All of this optical power is packed within the camera's slim, flat body.

Built-In Live View Finder
Built-In Live View Finder

The ZS40 comes equipped with a 0.2-inch LVF (Live View Finder) with 200K-dot equivalent resolution, and 100% field of view. This adds stability when framing your subjects and high visibility of live view images even at high magnification under strong sunlight. You can even set the camera to 60 fps to smoothly display fast-moving subjects.

Better Videos with HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot Function
Better Videos with HYBRID O.I.S. + and Level Shot Function

The HYBRID O.I.S. + for video recording includes a 5-axis correction that detects and compensates for the camera's 5 types of movement - horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation, and horizontal rotation. Your videos will look sharp and blur free. The Level Shot Function detects the horizontal line in your video and keeps it level even if the camera is tilted. Shoot stable videos even when recording from high or low angles.

Easy Smartphone Wi-Fi Connection with NFC
Easy Smartphone Wi-Fi Connection with NFC

The versatile ZS40 boasts Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology so you can enjoy flexible shooting and instant image sharing with easy operation. Connect the camera to a smartphone / tablet by simply placing them near each other and follow the simple steps. Set-up is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds. Even if a smartphone / tablet is incompatible with NFC, you can still be easily connected to the camera by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera monitor*. *It is recommended o use the latest version of the 'Panasonic Image App' to use this feature.

18.1-Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
18.1-Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor delivers high quality images from even difficult lighting situations. The ZS40 boasts high-speed signal output and high sensitivity image recording. The superior NR (Noise Reduction) system in the Venus Engine enables deliberate noise reduction, without missing low-frequency noise, in the large detection area in high sensitivity image recording even at ISO 6400 (extended).


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Color: 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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Color: 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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Color: 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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