Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 Review

  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Wi-Fi connectivity and enabled GPS; Very intuitive to control; Great features
    • The bad:
      Images are not exceptionally detailed; Noise from the 18mp sensor can be a bit annoying

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 is a simple and ordinary digital camera that will help you capture and revisit some of the great memories in life in high quality images. It is acclaimed as a decently-priced all rounder, like its predecessor TZ30.


    A closer look at the features will show the impressive 18.1 megapixel resolution, the MOS sensor, an image stabilizer, a 24-480 mm lens that can allow you to zoom up to 20x and the built in Wi-Fi and GPS. Basically, it’s only the looks that are simple in this camera. Let’s take a closer look at each of these individual features. Let’s first look at the design. This camera is available in black, white or silver so you’ll be in a position to get one that goes in line with your preferences. Covering a big part of the front of this camera is the 20x lens. The rear part has the 3 inch LCD screen and a few controls on the side. It has a handgrip that’s rubberized on the front and a textured area on the rear to complete the grip.


    The battery and memory card compartment is found on the bottom edge below the shutter button. The top of the camera comes with a zoom lever, a tactile shutter button, the power button, a movie record button and holes for the speaker and the microphone. It has a mini-HDMI port that gives you the power to view better images with a larger screen. You’ll however need a mini-HDMI cable since the camera doesn’t come with one. For starters, the Intelligent Auto Mode is perfect for ensuring that you get good shots regardless of the scene. In this mode, the camera selects the most appropriate combination of settings for the current scene. It doesn’t cover all situations, considering that there are 7 scene modes, but it gives acceptable shots most of the time.


    One of the unique features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 is the built-in GPS. Basically, this system gives you the power to effortlessly and accurately tag each photo based on the location where it was taken. This information together with the local time is stored with the image and can be displayed in websites that accept geo-tagged photos. To further enhance your experience with this camera, it comes with a database that has more than a million landmarks all over the world. If it’s enabled, this feature uses this information to tag images appropriately. You can even view your images on a map in the camera if you so wish. The battery only manages an average of 225 shots with GPS on. Without GPS, it can take about 300 shots. Another feature that you’ll get with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.


    This enables you to use your smartphone or tablet to remotely adjust the camera’s settings. In addition, you can set it up to back up to automatically back up via an external network to some remote device. It also uses NFC for connections with other devices that support this feature. You can use the zoom lens when capturing video though you may face some little challenges with the continuous auto-focus feature where some parts of the captured video will appear blurred as the camera tries to refocus. All in all, this camera is a feature filled and powerful capturing device that gives a good return on investment. Of course, it won’t deliver images as good as those obtained from professional cameras, but it’s good for its level.

  • Product description
    • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 is manufactured by Panasonic and was added in December 2014 in the Digital Cameras section
    • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5