Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 18.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x Zoom Lens
  • 24-720mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 0.2" 200k-Dot Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot Function
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS
  • ISO 6400 and 10 fps Continuous Shooting
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Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Overview

  • 1Description

The black Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera featuring an 18.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to enable high-resolution still imaging and full HD 1080p video recording with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 6400. Fast performance is also afforded throughout the camera system, including the ability to record full-resolution imagery at up to 10 fps or 5 fps with continuous AF.

Complementing the imaging performance of the camera is the built-in Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x optical zoom lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-720mm to suit working in a wide variety of situations. Aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements help to produce sharp, high contrast imagery and also work to minimize aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range. Benefitting the extensive zooming capabilities of this lens is HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake to better support working with greater zoom magnifications or longer shutter speeds.

For live view monitoring and image review, both a large 3.0" 920k-dot LCD screen and 0.2" 200k-dot electronic viewfinder are available. These viewing means also provide intuitive menu navigation for applying a host of camera settings, including Creative Control modes and Creative Panorama, as well as accessing the built-in Wi-Fi functionality with GPS capabilities. This connectivity enables instant transferring of photos or movies to linked mobile devices, remote shooting and viewing, and geotagging abilities. Further rounding out the versatile design of the camera is a Control Ring, which surrounds the lens to provide intuitive and efficient access and adjustment to some of the most oft-used camera settings and features.

18.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
An 18.1 megapixel 1/2.3" High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor work together to produce high-resolution imagery with notable low-light sensitivity to an expanded ISO 6400. The combination of these two technologies also results in an excellent signal-to-noise ratio to realize imagery with a high degree of clarity and minimal noise. Image recording in a RAW file format is also possible in order to render imagery with greater detail and information for a more advanced post-processing workflow. The imaging system also affords a wealth of speed and performance throughout the camera system including a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 10 fps and 5 fps shooting with continuous AF.

Additionally, the processor contributes to a quick start-up time and the Light Speed AF system, which features a high-speed 240 fps actuator for the AF drive to produce faster focusing performance throughout the zoom range.
Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x Optical Zoom Lens
A tremendously long-reaching Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-720mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit shooting from nearly any vantage point. Extending the magnification of this lens even further are Intelligent Zoom and Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) technologies, which work to effectively increase the zoom ratio even further with minimal image degradation.

The lens construction integrates five aspherical elements, with 10 aspherical surfaces, and three extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness and clarity.
HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot Function
HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) works to effectively minimize the appearance of camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds or greater zoom magnifications in order to realize stable, sharp, and clear imagery. When recording video, this stabilization system effectively compensates for five types of camera movements-horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation, and horizontal rotation-to render video in a smooth and realistic manner.

Additionally, the Level Shot Function can automatically detect the horizontal line of the recording image and keep it level during recording, regardless of camera tilt, helping to achieve greater shooting stability.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps in the high-quality AVCHD Progressive format or 30 fps in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. An onboard stereo microphone is incorporated into the camera's design to render clear-sounding audio with suppressed mechanical noise and, with the inclusion of an Auto Wind Cut function, lessened background noise.

The full 30x range of the optical zoom lens can be used during movie recording, which benefits from the HYBRID O.I.S.+ system to render smooth, shake-free videos. Additionally, high-speed HD 720p movie recording is possible with a sensor output frame rate of 120 fps.
Camera Design
Within the compact overall form of the camera is both a large 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor, with anti-reflective coating, and a 0.2" 200k-dot LVF (Live View Finder) for bright, clear monitoring, review, and menu navigation. The electronic viewfinder features 100% frame coverage and can be set to provide a 60 fps refresh rate for clearer viewing of fast-moving subjects.

Also offering versatility during use is a Control Ring, which surrounds the lens, and offers intuitive, tactile control over some of the most frequently used camera settings, such as manual focusing, zoom, aperture, shutter speed, and Creative Control filter selections. When working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to highlight edges of contrast to aid in achieving precisely-focused imagery. Benefitting image composition, a series of guides can be used during shooting with either the LCD or LVF, including: Rule of Thirds Offset, Diagonal Lines, Tunnel, Radiation 1, Radiation 2, and S-shape. Additionally, an electronic level gauge is available to help with precise alignment of horizontal and vertical lines during shooting.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS
The camera can quickly and easily be linked to mobile devices using NFC (Near Field Communication) or an intuitive QR code system, which can be recognized on the mobile device when using the Panasonic Image App to scan the code. Once connected, remote shooting and viewing, as well as image transferring and sharing, can be efficiently handled.

  • Remote Shooting/Remote View: Using your linked mobile device, a live view image can be seen at a distance from the camera and zooming, setting focus, releasing the shutter, and recording settings like exposure compensation can all be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Wi-Fi Features: Photos and videos, as well as Photo Collages, can instantly be uploaded and shared to a range of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa.
  • Wireless Image Transfer: The Instant Transfer function permits direct, automated sending of imagery to designated electronic devices after each exposure. You can also send imagery when in playback mode by simply tapping on the desired images. The Auto Transfer function further extends these capabilities by automatically transferring all imagery to a home computer or other compliant device when the camera is plugged in for charging and within a specified wireless network.
  • Built-in GPS complies with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) to enhance detection accuracy for refined geotagging capabilities. This enables displaying of the name of the Country/Region, State/Province, Country/Township, City/Town/Village, and Landmark using internal data to give real-time information of your current setting while taking photos.
  • Other Camera Features
    • iA (Intelligent Auto) mode automatically sets all camera exposure settings using a variety of shooting-assist functions, such as i-Food mode and Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, to clearly render the scene at hand, allowing you to simply compose and shoot. Furthermore, iA Plus mode lets you adjust background defocusing, exposure compensation, and white balance settings for even more control.
    • Creative Control provides 15 different filter effects for modifying the appearance of your images: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color. Additionally, many of these filters can be used during video recording.
    • Creative Panorama mode automatically stitches together multiple images taken while swiveling the camera in order to realize one wide-spanning horizontal or vertical image.
    • The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery can be conveniently charged in-camera using either an AC or USB power source and allows approximately 350 images to be recorded per charge.
    • Language support: English and Spanish.
    In the Box
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera (Black)
  • DMW-BCM13 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1250mAh)
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Specs

    Pixels Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
    Effective: 18.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3" MOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: MP4, AVCHD
    Max Resolution 18 MP: 4896 x 3672
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical, 5-Way
    Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar, 12 Elements in 9 Groups
    5 Aspherical, 3 ED
    Effective Focal Length: 4.3 to 129mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 720mm)
    Aperture: f/3.3 (W) to f/6.4 (T) to f/8.0
    Zoom Optical: 30x
    Intelligent Zoom: 60x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 36.7x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 45x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 57.4x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 71.7x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.64' to Infinity / 49.99 cm to Infinity
    Telephoto: 6.56' to Infinity / 2 m to Infinity
    Wide Macro: 1.18" to Infinity / 3 cm to Infinity
    Tele Macro: 6.56' to Infinity / 2 m to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 3200 (Extended Mode:1600 to 6400)
    Shutter 4 to 1/2000  
    15 to 30  in Starry Sky Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Creative Control, Custom, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Panorama Shot, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    Shooting Modes 3D Photo
    Baby 1
    Baby 2
    Dynamic Monochrome
    Glass Through
    Handheld Night Shot
    High Dynamic
    High Sensitivity
    High Speed Shutter
    Impressive Art
    Low Key
    Miniature Effect
    Night Portrait
    Night Scenery
    Old Days
    One Point Color
    Pet Mode
    Soft Focus
    Soft Skin
    Star Filter
    Starry Sky
    Toy Camera Effect
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent, Shade, White Balance Adjustment, White Set
    Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 18 MP for up to 6 Exposures
    Up to 5 fps at 18 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 2 fps at 18 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 60 fps at 2.5 MP for up to Exposures
    Up to 40 fps at 5 MP for up to Exposures
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Wide:1.97 to 21' / 0.6 to 6.4 m
    Telephoto:6.56 to 10.83' / 2 to 3.3 m
    Built-In Memory 12 MB
    Memory Card Type SD
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
    1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920,000 Pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity AV / USB Multi, AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Built In
    Battery 1 x DMW-BCM13 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1250 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 111.8 x 63.5 x 35.6 mm
    Weight 8.47 oz / 240.12 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 5.4 x 2.2"

    Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Reviews

    Lumix DMC-ZS40 Digital Camera (Black) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 116.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Photos I have been playing with it to learn how to get the best photos and understand the settings. I plan on taking it to Africa on Safari for 3 weeks. I bought an extra battery to make sure i don't run out of juice while in the bush. I am dissapointed with the instruction manual and have had a very hard time syncing the wifi to my Ipad. Instructions are woefully lacking. only other difficulty is the camera's inability to shoot between 5 megapixels and .3 mp. I would like to take higher resolution photos but be able to email them as well. Overall I like it. It's my 3rd Lumix and liked them all.
    Date published: 2014-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works better than i could have imagined An amazing camera, I had been watching and waiting for this one and bought one as soon as they were offered. The view finder and RAW and the long tele has made this a totally professional travel camera. Bought a 2nd one for my wife for the Morocco tour I am on now, she loves it and with the brightness out here the view finder allows her to take all the photos she sees. I switch from P mode to others in a click to B+W and HDR the photos are sharp and stunning... I took a full moon photo yesterday from a camp in a Sahara with ZS 40 on a tripod on wood table.. and 10 sec timer count down and 720 mm and captured the moon perfectly with the craters showing up wow.. I have this camera on me at all times and have shot twice as many images with it than the big Canon I brought along
    Date published: 2014-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love all the features I did a lot of research before buying and didn't let myself be dissuaded by some of the criticisms. I love the new ZS40. I wanted the eyepiece, the wifi and the long zoom lens and have not been disappointed by any of those features. The photos are great so far though for full power on the lens I recommend leaning against a wall or using a monopod which I also purchased. I wanted an external battery charger so I bought one elsewhere with a couple of off-brand batteries. BH Photo was great and I did buy the extended warranty just because it is such a new product.
    Date published: 2014-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Travel Camera I use the DMC ZS40 when it's not convenient to carry my big Sony A77 with a 18-250 lens. This Camera can be used as a point and shoot or used with more advanced features typically found on larger DSLR. It's fast and responsive and the viewfinder, although small, comes in very handy on bright sunny days. The 30X zoom is a great feature but does require a steady hand.This camera is definitely made for those with small hands. Handling it takes some getting used too.The aspect ratio is 4:3 versus 3:2 of a full size sensor camera. The photos are not full screen when played back on the computer or TV.Image quality is excellent for the size camera.
    Date published: 2014-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly Disappointed The zoom capabilities are awesome on this camera, and I am satisfied with the ease of changing the settings when shooting in manual mode without having to dip into some digital menu. It's all right there with the turning of the large lens ring and the wheel around the menu button. I like where the buttons are and where the flash is. Everything feels solid and built to last. My biggest complaint is the noise I find in the photos even at ISO 100. I was hoping for sharper, cleaner edges. It's only noticeable when you zoom in while viewing on your computer, though. I find the auto focus is somewhat slow as well. Generally speaking I am well pleased, though. The video looks really good to my eye.
    Date published: 2014-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Upgrade for me I upgraded my DMC-FX700 to this wonderful camera. Wanted Wi-FI and Raw. Also got Electronic Viewfinder which is great! I forgot how much I love to look through a viewfinder rather than the screen on back. Haven't played much with the ring around the lens that can focus or adjust exposure. raw images go right into Lightroom without issues. Uploaded images to Facebook but could not edit a description. Had to then go into FB on my phone and edit the post. But worked like a charm. Shots have been very nice. Mostly used auto mode but some Aperature priority. Learning the features and controls but so far so good!
    Date published: 2014-07-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lumix DMC-ZS40 a great travel camera I purchased this camera to replace a Lumix DMC-ZS19 camera which I dropped and broke on a trip this past October. I had been very happy with the ZS19 and hoped this new model would be as good. It is GREAT! It has several improvements. The most important to me has been the electronic viewfinder. I was worried about it's small size, but the viewfinder is bright and works fine even though I wear glasses. It takes very sharp pictures and I am looking forward to experimenting with RAW images something else which the ZS19 did not have.
    Date published: 2014-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A small wonder I bought this camera to get good shots while traveling when I can't take my full kit. The ZS40 has a great long lens, a bright view screen and an effective electronic viewfinder for those times when the light is too bright to view the screen (seldom it turns out). The camera fits pocket or purse, so it becomes the camera I have with me. The reviews say that it should have a touch screen, but that lack is more than offset by the control ring on the lens. Besides, a touch screen can sometimes reset inadvertently when the camera is passed to family members and friends. This is a great camera at a fair price for all its features, and, bought from B&H means good service and a fine place to get advice.
    Date published: 2014-06-16
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    Where is this camera made?
    Asked by: Aravinda K.
    The camera is made in China
    Answered by: ISABEL C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can I use the B&H gift card that comes with buying the camera to buy accessories at the time I buy the camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If a gift card is included in the purchase of an item as a free gift, it cannot be used towards the purchase of said item. It can however be used towards future purchases.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Will the Underwater housing DMC-ZS30/TZ40 work with this camera?
    Asked by: Karen F.
    Don't know. Do not take underwater pictures.
    Answered by: Donald C. C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    where can I find user manual for this ZS-40?

    where can I find user manual for this ZS-40?
    Asked by: Carlos
    Thru the Panasonic Support website.
    Answered by: Richard
    Date published: 2019-02-24


    I'm looking to buy either the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 or the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS. The Panasonic is about $70 more expensive but has more features. If anyone has knowledge of both of these cameras, I would appreciate your thoughts on which of these two cameras you prefer, the Panasonic or the Canon?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    After researching many cameras through readings, photos, asking questions from camera shops. and contacting editors from my many photo magazines, my CHOICE became the Panasonic Lumix ZS40, and I have not looked back for a second. It's small, light, anti-vibration control, and, It reaches out 720mm, so it can really bring far-away subjects in close. I love it! It can do videos (it that's what you want) GPS and microphone. And, here is the BIG PLUS. I have $10,000 worth of Nikon equipment in boxes I never use anymore, because they are too heavy and cumberson. I just recently returned from a 30 day cruise to South America where I entered a photo contest and won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. People were asking me what kind of camera I was using, and I was proud to tell them the ZS40 by Panasonic. Many of those people were using cameras with huge lenses that were only reaching out 300mm (maximum). My wife and I are going on another long cruise in March. The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 will be my selected camera, and will take a lot of SD Cards. Good luck to your potential buyer.
    Answered by: BARRY B.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    The info on site doesn't say specifically what can be adjusted with the control ring surrounding the lens. What are the uses for this ring?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I never use the ring, but it shows the various settings within it.
    Answered by: DAIVD S.
    Date published: 2019-01-08


    How to download video off camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Full details regarding sending your photos and videos to a PC can be found here: ftp://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: PanasonicUSA Panasonic Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    can i import pictures from ZS40 to my iPhone 6?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    you can do it via WI-FI by connecting the camera to the same wifi you have on your iphone.
    Answered by: Ilana P.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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