Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 Review

(Compact camera)
Lumix DMC-TZ 40

Above average (B) 9 reviews 11/2013
311 opinions (Above average)
Product specification:
  • Camera Type: Compact Camera
  • Resolution: 18.1 MP
  • LCD Screen Size: 3"
  • Optical Zoom: 20x
  • Sensor Size: 1/ 2,33
  • Features: Face … more information

IT Reviews
Single test
3 out of 5 points

As far as specs go, there's little to fault with the DMC-TZ40, but when push comes to shove, it doesn't exactly impress due to the poor sharpness of the lens and mediocre performance at high ISOs. It might seem that features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, a 20x zoom range or a touch-sensitive LCD would go a long way towards justifying its price tag, but for IT Reviews, it's not the case.

What Digital Camera
Single test

Value for money: 18 out of 20 points, "Gold Award"

For the same price as its TZ30 predecessor at launch, the Lumix DMC-TZ40 offers a much better feature set and more comprehensive connectivity, including Wi-Fi and NFC. Its massive zoom, dinky size and excellent image stabilisation are some of its best points, and although What Digital Camera complained about its lack of RAW support and small buttons, it's still a great choice.

Camera Labs
Single test

Value for money: 18 out of 20 points, "Highly Recommended"

Combining such a slim body with a 20x zoom is no small feat, but Panasonic has pulled it off beautifully with the DMC-TZ40. Camera Labs praised its touch-sensitive LCD, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, and abundance of video modes. There are several niggles too, but as a whole it's one of the best compact travel cameras you can get. If you don't need wifi, the TZ30 is a great choice too.

Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money: 3.5 out of 5 stars, "Highly recommended"

It's a bit more expensive than average, but Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ40 certainly delivers, and its WiFi and GPS connectivity, very good image quality, fast continuous shooting speeds, large zoom and good battery life certainly help justify the premium. ePHOTOzine saw some signs of chromatic aberration and complained about its lack of RAW support, but were very fond of it nonetheless.

Single test
8 out of 10 points


Some flaws, such as its lack of RAW support and uncomfortable ergonomics, make the Lumix DMC-TZ40 a very good but not-quite-great option for keen travelers. Nevertheless, Trusted Reviews were very fond of its huge zoom range, intuitive handling and solid image quality, which make it the best option in Panasonic's TZ range, especially as it costs the same as the TZ30.

Stuff TV
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Hot Buy"

"Panasonic has once again delivered the goods. ... If you’re in the market for a reliable and well-featured travel compact then the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is undoubtedly well worth a closer look."
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

You can't expect pro features from a compact such as this, but the Lumix DMC-TZ40 is no budget point-and-shoot either. For the price, you get a fantastic 20x zoom, superb image stabilisation, a quick and accurate AF system, and a first-class processing engine. Pocket-lint praised its ability to snap pictures in almost any conceivable situation and said that in it's class, it's a winner.

Single test
4 out of 5 stars

There are cheaper travel zoom compacts on the market, but the Lumix DMC-TZ40 justifies its higher price by offering built-in WiFi, a 18-megapixel sensor, a large 20x zoom, good image quality up to ISO 1600 and a very reliable Intelligent Auto mode, making it one of the most versatile options you can get for your money in T3's opinion. Well worth considering.

TechRadar UK
Single test
without final score

An improved display with multi-touch sensitivity, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, better battery life and new features such as Creative Panorama or Level Shot make the TZ40 a worthy successor to Panasonic's previous top-of-the-range traveller compact in TechRadar's opinion, although reviewers hope that the increase in resolution from 14 to 18MP hasn't impacted low light performance.

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