Testing the TZ40
I picked up a TZ40 for $189 as a store demo model, after reading all the reviews I could find and seeing some very impressive video. I wanted it as a pocket go anywhere long zoom with full HD 1080P video for my outings etc.
I knew it doesn't shoot RAW, no external charger and no EVF, so I dived in and spent the afternoon shooting video and stills, testing the pano and other creative modes.
I am less than completely happy enough to keep it, have been spoiled with the FZ200 and LX7 and GX7 quality. Great set of features, but I will be selling it, just not there for me in terms of JPG IQ,
Anyway, here is a spattering of images in field conditions, a location I have used to test all my cameras over the years.
All images are SOOC full frame crops, so anyone can check at 100%.
Bottom line is that if you only want to shoot holiday snaps and family events which you may print to put in an album at 6x4 or 5x7 size, then this is quite adequate and offers a swag of features, like NFC, WiFi, GPS and a Pano mode which can be combined with some of the creative filter options. You get an 18 mp camera with a 20x zoom and full 1080p HD video as well as 100fps SLO MO at 720p.
If you want higher IQ for printing to a larger size and like to shoot RAW and enjoy processing images for optimum quality, then this will leave you frustrated. A good concept, feature laden, but not for me in the final analysis of my needs.