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By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2014 at 19:00 GMT
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Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-ZS40 travel zoom, also known as DMC-TZ60 in some markets. Equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC, it provides a 30x zoom range (24-720mm equiv), an 18.1 megapixel sensor, and a built-in electronic viewfinder. Its enthusiast-leaning feature set includes a control ring around the lens, Raw shooting and focus peaking. Also introduced is a lower-cost model, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 (TZ55), with Wi-Fi connectivity (though no NFC). The ZS35 covers a 28-560mm equivalent 20x zoom range, uses a 16 megapixel sensor, and lacks a viewfinder. 

No pricing or availability information is available at this time.

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Press release:

The New LUMIX DMC-ZS35 Ultra Compact 20x Super Zoom with Wi-Fi® Connectivity


Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2014) –
 Panasonic is proud to introduce the new DMC-ZS35 digital compact camera with a powerful 20x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 24-480mm) as a new member of the LUMIX ZS series. 

Featuring Flip-up Monitor and Full-HD Video Recording

The image processing by the 16-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and the imaging engine excels not only in picture quality but also in its processing speed. It enables 1920 x 1080 full-HD* high quality video recording and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps with high picture quality. It also has quick start-up and Light Speed Auto Focus to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) is able to minimize blur even when using a powerful zoom and the Active Mode effectively suppress hand vibration in video recording. 

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet without a need of cabling or searching for a Wi-Fi® hotspot. In addition, users can use their smartphone/tablet for a secondary monitor of the camera that enables setting focus, zoom, and releasing the shutter remotely. Now it is possible to record video and watching the image live on a smartphone/tablet. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the designated electronic devices such as smartphone/tablet right after shooting. 

The 3.0-inch large 460K-dot monitor tilts up to 180-degrees making it extremely easy to take a self-portrait. A variety of special effects that add fun to the shooting experience are integrated into the DMC- ZS35 including Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama. The 1250mAh large capacity of battery enables the camera to shoot approx. 350 pictures. 

With the powerful 20x zoom and Wi-Fi® capability in a compact body, the DMC-ZS35 is an all-round camera for users who enjoy a variety of shooting experiences.

• Sensor output is 30p 

Other Features: 
Manual Exposure, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 3D Photo Mode, AC / USB Power Charging

The ZS35 will be available on shop.panasonic.com and at select retailers. 

Notice for Motion Picture Recording:
• Use a card with SD Speed Class* with "Class 4" or higher when recording videos.
* SD Speed Class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
• Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.

The New Premium LUMIX DMC-ZS40 Compact Camera Offering 30x Ultra Zoom with Wi-Fi® / NFC and GPS

Featuring Flexible Manual Shooting and 60p Full-HD Video Recording

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to introduce a super slim digital compact camera with a LVF (Live View Finder) featuring a powerful 30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) for the latest flagship of the popular ZS series. The pocket-sized high performance ZS range has won worldwide popularity for its versatile lens that covers ultra wide-angle to telephoto and high quality image recording capability of both still and video. The new DMC-ZS40 makes significant upgrades especially in functions for more advanced photography such as a Control Ring, RAW compatibility and Focus Peaking.

Crystallizing its optical technologies, Panasonic succeeded in integrating a 24mm ultra wide-angle 30x zoom lens in slim, flat body and the advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) which effectively suppresses hand movement in both photo and video recording.

The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the advanced image processor Venus Engine feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording achieving 1920 x 1080 60p astonishingly smooth full-HD video recording in AVCHD Progressive format and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps with high picture quality. It also has quick start-up and Light Speed Auto Focus to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet with one-touch or reading the embedded QR code without the need of cabling or searching for a Wi-Fi® hotspot. In addition, users can utilize a smartphone/tablet for a secondary monitor of the camera that enables manual control or Focus Peaking in addition to setting focus, zooming or releasing the shutter with a refined GUI (Graphic User Interface) on the smartphone/tablet. It is also possible to record video while watching the motion live on a smartphone/tablet. 

The DMC-ZS40 is equipped with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) and complies with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) for higher accuracy. LUMIX GPS works in association with the internal geographical dictionary of place name information for users who enjoy traveling.

A variety of special effects adding fun to the shooting experience are integrated in the DMC-ZS40 including Creative Control, Creative Retouch and Creative Panorama. Zoom Macro shooting is also available on DMC-ZS40. 

Integrating an unprecedented level of functionality into the pocket-sized body with 30x super zoom lens, the DMC-ZS40 is the ultimate digital compact camera that gives the photographer unlimited use in any shooting situation.

The ZS40 will be available on shop.panasonic.com and at select retailers. 

Other Features: 

Level Gauge, Composition Guide, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 3D Photo Mode, 3.0-inch 920K-dot Monitor with AR Coating, 1250mAh Large Capacity Battery, AC / USB Power Charging

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 and Lumix DMC-ZS40 Specifications

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 (Lumix DMC-TZ55)Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 (Lumix DMC-TZ60)
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34564896 x 3672
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 4804896 x 3264, 2896 x 2752, 3664 x 3664, 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2692, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18 megapixels19 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (boost to 6400)
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesHybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus
Uncompressed formatNoRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3)
  • MPO
  • JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3)
  • RAW (RW2)
  • MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–480 mm24–720 mm
Optical zoom20×30×
Maximum apertureF3.3 - F6.4
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusNoYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points2123
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTiltingFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coatingTFT LCD with AR coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNoneElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution200,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Custom 1/2
  • Panorama Shot
  • Scene
  • Creative Control
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot,
  • Food, Baby 1/2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.00 m6.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4MPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneMonoStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included12MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)
Dimensions111 x 64 x 34 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.34)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNoneBuiltIn
GPS notesBuilt-in place name database
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Total comments: 54
Macist
By Macist (3 months ago)

Wow, it looks like this would become my new travel camera.

I've had a couple of the older ZS cameras and was really happy with them, but then went to superzooms, first Sony, now Nikon. (I have given up on DSLRs for travel, too much weight and hassle.)

My main problem with the Sony and the Nikon superzooms is that for them, GPS seems to be an afterthought and it takes so long to lock, that the majority of my shots are not tagged (just came back from a rainforest trip, where out of about 600 shots, the Nikon tagged about 40 :(

My old Panasonic ZSs seemed to remember their previous location and lock almost instantly on being powered on.

Really hope that the GPS on the ZS40 is as robust. Combined with the 30x lens, this would be a perfect travel camera.

Can't wait to try it.

1 upvote
mrdancer
By mrdancer (3 months ago)

I'm really liking the ZS40. I do a lot of zoom shots, but would like something pocketable.

I have a FZ20 (Panny's first good superzoom camera). It takes great photos for websharing and 4"x6" prints. Guess what? It has a 5mpxl 1/2.55" sensor! That being said, this 1/2.33" sensor should be OK for same type of use in daylight (I do wish the lens was 2.8-5.9). Yes, a 1/1.7" sensor would be nice, but then we have to limit the zoom or make the camera much bigger.

This looks like a great travel camera and a good alternative zoom camera until Panny releases enough of an upgraded FZ model to compel me to upgrade from the FZ20 (the FZ200 came close, but still lacking in many areas).

0 upvotes
filibustero
By filibustero (3 months ago)

When is this camera going to be available in Asia?

0 upvotes
bilcobarnes21
By bilcobarnes21 (3 months ago)

@showmeyourpics
You are talking complete rubbish, The TZ range is one of the best available in superzoom terms, it might not appeal to the real photo enthusiast, but as a happy snap camera with some brilliant features, great zoom, and now a vf, seems like a winner to me. don't be so quick to slate a camera just because it doesn't appeal to you, Pratt!

1 upvote
showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (3 months ago)

Dear bilcobarnes21, sorry to upset you. As a part-time pro photographer with 40 years of experience and an electronic + quality engineer who used to make a living specifying very expensive electronic equipment on the balance of features, ergonomics and cost of ownership, I tend to judge camera gear the same way. Am I wrong when I state that packing a bunch of (unnecessary*) MP's on a very small sensor is a bad idea because of the greatly increased noise? Or that a 200K dot EVF looks like coarse sand? Or that at 720mm you need to shoot at least at 1/1000sec to block the subject and that, at f/6.4, this means cranking the ISO setting up to 800 or more with consequent horrendous noise out of such a small sensor**? Is this sound science or what?
* With a 12MP file properly exposed, processed and upsized, I can make fine-art quality prints up to 24x36".
**With a bigger and excellent 1/1.7 BSI CMOS 12Mp sensor, the Nikon P7800 starts showing noise at ISO400.

1 upvote
technic
By technic (3 months ago)

@showmeyourpics: sound science is not just theory, but also looking at data from real life (including data that doesn't fit your theory):
- current 1/2.3" sensors can be as good as current 1/1.7" sensors. Just look at Canon SX50 against S110, Panasonic also has a few good examples.
- more megapixels on the same sensor area doesn't necessarily increase noise (assuming same print size) but it does increase resolution and in-camera processing headroom.
- EVF: in bad lighting a coarse EVF is better than nothing. I have been using a 200K EVF in an older digicam for many years and was always very happy to have this option, instead of having to rely on an almost invisible LCD in bright light. And it also helps keeping the camera stable.
- cranking the ISO? cameras like LF1 have 1.5 stop advantage, but only at their shortest focal length. At tele, the LF1 will probably lose ...

Wait for reliable reviews and sample images before judging.

0 upvotes
showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (3 months ago)

@technic: you are right that comments on new gear should be subordinated to the availability of reliable reviews but we are here to have some early fun. To make a boring story short, you have to explain to me why on Earth the go-anywhere cameras that most pros choose, such as the Nikon P and Canon G series, are bigger, have bigger sensors, cost more, but limit resolution to 12MP and zoom range to 200mm? Is it masochism or maybe they know something about what sound camera design is?

0 upvotes
showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (3 months ago)

I like and own Panasonic camera gear but this one is an absurd design straight out of marketing genius. Let's use a really small 1/2.3 sensor to reduce size and weight and then let's pack it up with 18MP (= noise fiesta). Let's add an EVF, which is a really good idea, but let's make it miniscule with only 200K dot (the Nikon P7800 EVF needs 921K dot to be just decent). And, dulcis in fundo, let's slap on a 24-720mm nice and dark (f/3.3-6.4) zoom lens on a very small body that weighs nothing and will probably be a stability nightmare (at 720mm and f/6.4, one will have to crank up the ISO setting through the roof to get a workable exposure time, but the noise will turn the picture into mush). There are MUCH better balanced compacts out there for the enthusiast photographer, everyone else is better off sticking with a good smart phone camera.

7 upvotes
Beckler8
By Beckler8 (3 months ago)

I can't agree with most of this. These types of cameras offer extreme versatility with really quite good image quality except in lower light, and have very nice video too - all while remaining pocketable. The megapixel count, yes that's out of control and damages low-light capability for no reason.

1 upvote
Tom K.
By Tom K. (3 months ago)

A 200K EVF is stupid when the 1.3M EVF from the FZ200 could've been used. Of course it's got its own problems with its small size but still, c'mon! I guess they have to hold something back for the ZS50....

At least they dropped the infuriating touch screen.

0 upvotes
bilcobarnes21
By bilcobarnes21 (3 months ago)

@showmeyourpics
You are talking complete rubbish, The TZ range is one of the best available in superzoom terms, it might not appeal to the real photo enthusiast, but as a happy snap camera with some brilliant features, great zoom, and now a vf, seems like a winner to me. don't be so quick to slate a camera just because it doesn't appeal to you, Pratt!

1 upvote
chillgreg
By chillgreg (3 months ago)

Actually bilbo @showmeyourpics is PRECISELY right. However your need to use an abusive reply both here and again as a new separate comment say a little more about your state of mind, wouldn't you say?

Instead of big tough words, how about you go and buy one and post some of the "winners" you get with it here...

1 upvote
technic
By technic (3 months ago)

"everyone else is better off sticking with a good smart phone camera."

pride and prejudice ...

0 upvotes
PedroMZ
By PedroMZ (3 months ago)

Quite agree.10mp sensor and 1mp EVF would make much more sense. What do you need 18mp for,these cameras are not really intended for A2 enlargements anyway

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

It looks like panasonic TZ users don't understand physics.
At f3.0 your lucky to not get diffraction limited at 10mp so everything above 10 just adds noise and eats card space.

Panasonic as an brand know this. That's why they make an fz200 with just 12mp at f2.8 constant. Yet people keep buying the big number box. Please I am serious now. Try the lf1 and lx7. They are made by panasonic too and much more capable.

0 upvotes
showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (3 months ago)

Dear @technic, my web name should tell you what I really care about (and it is technic and creativity over gear). You don't know the amount of personal angst it cost me to came to that conclusion but here is real life: most people in my family and most of my friends laud my award-winning (and money-making) photography but are thoroughly happy with their smart phone cameras (which they have with them all the time and are so simple to operate). Along the same line, I have with me a couple of Pentax K5 and a bunch of DA and DA* lenses when I go out to photograph (and I am very satisfied with the system), but taking unplanned pics while strolling around with the virtually weightless P7800 around my neck and a spare battery in my pocket is sooo comfy and sooo much fun!

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 12 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Beckler8
By Beckler8 (3 months ago)

I like all the meaningless talk here about larger sensors and faster lenses. That exists already in Sony RX100 type models. Those have very small zoom ratios and so represent trade-offs, as does this one. So do all cameras. This class offers a unique feature set - a combination you can't find elsewhere. Maybe don't dismiss an entire class because you happen to want a different set. You might as well just say 'this is no SLR so this is garbage'. Oh wait, people do say that.

5 upvotes
Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (3 months ago)

Amen.

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technic
By technic (3 months ago)

some people here think they can fit an RX10 into their pocket ;-)

0 upvotes
showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (3 months ago)

Dear Beckler8, the feature set is great on paper but it does not work in practice because of the limitations of current digital photography technology and lens design. Today, a compact camera with a 12Mp BSI CMOS sensor and a 28-200mm f/2.8 zoom is more or less the sweet spot. 45mpg small cars are great but for some uses you do need an SUV. I resent the fact that manufacturers propose overspecified small cars (cameras) as a general alternative to SUV's (DSLR's).

0 upvotes
utomo99
By utomo99 (3 months ago)

I wish Panasonic use faster lens and also bigger sensor.

If the image quality is not good enough this camera will not success.
Panasonic need to work harder

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technic
By technic (3 months ago)

faster lens = bigger camera
bigger sensor = even bigger camera (assuming same lens spec)
result: something like Olympus stylus 1 (or even RX10), not pocketable ...

Comment edited 14 minutes after posting
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filibustero
By filibustero (3 months ago)

makes sense!

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

Panasonic lf1 is pocketable

0 upvotes
David Stahl
By David Stahl (3 months ago)

It would be nice to know which camera is which amongst the six photos posted -- it appears we have some of each.

1 upvote
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (3 months ago)

Really? There's only two cameras and 6 pictures.

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David Stahl
By David Stahl (3 months ago)

Ok,I figured it out; first three pix are the ZS-40, and last three pix are the ZS-35.

1 upvote
Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (3 months ago)

So, what exactly is so freaking NEW about these? I mean, a 20x compact zoom? We were there 3 years ago with the SX260.

Whats new? Apart from the even lousier aperture numbers...

1 upvote
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (3 months ago)

A built-in EVF in a travel zoom!

8 upvotes
NilsBV
By NilsBV (3 months ago)

RAW capture and a control ring on a travel zoom. Together with the EVF that Sergey mentioned that's a fair bit new in this category of camera.

1 upvote
sbansban
By sbansban (3 months ago)

The ZS40 has a 30X zoom (compared to 20X in ZS30) in addition to an all-new EVF.

1 upvote
Steen Bay
By Steen Bay (3 months ago)

30x zoom, EVF, RAW and focus peaking. That's new.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

Panasonic still insists on losing money in rapidly dying submarket.

0 upvotes
schaki
By schaki (3 months ago)

The small super-zoom compacts is one part of compacts in which the cameras in smartphones not are gonna compete with anytime soon.

5 upvotes
PeterBM
By PeterBM (3 months ago)

Panasonic DMC XS3, announced on july 2013, never came and has disapeared from your database.

1 upvote
ludwik123
By ludwik123 (3 months ago)

It is available at Argos in the UK.

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The Jacal
By The Jacal (3 months ago)

Can't wait for the Leica version!!!!

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

I wish I could get the ZS3 lens on a modern sensor. That thing was awesome.

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The Jacal
By The Jacal (3 months ago)

How fast was that lens?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (3 months ago)

f3.3-4.9. Not amazing in that regard, but it was really sharp. 25-300 was plenty of zoom for anything you are going to shoot with a pocket camera. The only kicker was ISO 400 was already ruined with blotchy noise.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 months ago)

(Another ZS3 lover here.)

" The only kicker was ISO 400 was already ruined with blotchy noise."

... and the VERY slow AF...

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

F3.3 - F6.4. Nuff said.

2 upvotes
The Jacal
By The Jacal (3 months ago)

I'll look forward to seeing the same comment from you at least seven more times about this cam.

8 upvotes
pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (3 months ago)

I was hoping that they would release an LX7 update..maybe that's forthcoming?

1 upvote
eivissa1
By eivissa1 (3 months ago)

LX updates are mostly half the year.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 months ago)

ZS-40 kinda nice!! raw and viewfinder, check... very cool. Not sure about that sensor though.

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 months ago)

The latest ZS (TZ) models (the ZS20 and ZS30) have been pretty good, IQ-wise, unlike the disaster called ZS10 or Sony's entire HX series. That is, I have VERY high hopes WRT the ZS40.

Now, I wish Pana exported the non-29min restricted 60p US model to the EU... I would happily pay some extra for a significantly better video mode.

0 upvotes
ChrisSwiss
By ChrisSwiss (3 months ago)

Sounds like a nice little camera spec-wise. It will hopefully perform well and can replace my Canon SX260 HS.

0 upvotes
petemod
By petemod (3 months ago)

It would be nice if they just made one model that had a viewfinder AND a flip out screen.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (3 months ago)

I was just about to type the same thing. PLUS, the less expensive model has the better hand grip too. Just dumb all around imo. Are buyers of these types of cams even using the viewfinder anyway?

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eilivk
By eilivk (3 months ago)

Agree! Viewfinder a good thing, but 200.000 dots - would be ok 8 years ago? If it's the same as in LF1, not very good, read the dpr review. But could be helpful in sunshine anyway. And a fine LCD.

Hoping for a enthusiast compact with the GX7 tilting EVF...

1 upvote
Karroly
By Karroly (3 months ago)

@Bill Bentley,
In fact the grip of the ZS40 is useless : if you grab it, you can no longer use the built-in flash...

1 upvote
technic
By technic (3 months ago)

Agree, but the thinking is probably that having at least one is better than nothing. They both help with framing in difficult lighting conditions (bright light primarily) and with stabilizing the camera because you don't have to shoot at arms length.

Higher res EVF would be nice, but 1-4 MP EVF's are much bigger from what I have seen (but correct me if I'm wrong). Having a high res EVF AND a flip screen would make the camera significantly bigger with current technology; and for this type of camera size/weight is everything.

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 months ago)

Exactly. This EVF seems to be miniscule. A larger-res one would surely have been physically much larger - and would also have made the camera much more expensive.

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