Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40

83
Global
Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The rather pocketable ZS40 doesn't offer a lot of groundbreaking features or outstanding image quality, but it's still got enough to make it solid choice when on the go.

The ZS40's viewfinder is a feature not often seen on cameras of this size, and for good reason -- Pocket-Lint calls its presence "mis-matched." Putting that aside, in day-to-day usage the ZS40 is simple enough, and Digital Versus finds it's "easy to get the hang of everything." And while the photo quality may not blow you away, it's not disappointing either, and Photography Blog says it offers "great image quality for this type of camera." The video quality is about the same, with Expert Reviews saying details aren't "razor-sharp" but still look "smooth and natural."

With a sub-$500 MSRP there are definitely trade-offs, but the ZS40 offers enough to be put in a pocket and taken along on your adventures. If you need something with just a bit more oomph, consider Canon's PowerShot S120 instead, a solid option that offers great image and video quality.

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Breakdown

Ease of use
7.5
Battery life
8.0
Speed (start-up time, lag)
7.2
Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
7.4
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Specs

LUMIX DMC-ZS40

Type
Point and shoot
Resolution (effective)
18.1 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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Specs

LUMIX DMC-ZS40

Type
Point and shoot
Resolution (effective)
18.1 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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