This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-ZS40 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jan 06, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 18.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product ZS35 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one ZS35.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #77 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #628 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 34 mm (43.7 x 25.2 x 13.39″) with the weight of 240 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 34mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 18.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 6400.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 features a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 200k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Lumix DMC-ZS40 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-ZS40 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Lumix DMC-ZS40 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Lumix DMC-ZS40 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-ZS40 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-ZS40 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 can be called a 50 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 can be called a 66 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jan 06, 2014|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||200k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||6,400|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 64 x 34 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots|
|Battery Type||300 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|