Ready to have your life changed? That may sound over-dramatic, but it is exactly how I felt after I started learning to use my new Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Point and Shoot Digital Camera. As a sponsor of our recent Traveling Mom travel writers conference, Panasonic gave each of us one of their new cameras to review and to a person I think we’ve all sworn off DSLR’s ever since. And that includes writers who never went anywhere without their DSLR. EVER.
It was easier for me, since I haven’t owned a DSLR since my college Photography class. That camera and all my lenses were stolen 20 years ago and I was so heartbroken over it, I haven’t invested in one again since. Though, I almost asked for one for Christmas. So glad I didn’t. Because I’m convinced this little ZS40 is now all I need.
Hey! Panasonic just saved us thousands of dollars that we can now spend on an awesome family vacation! Look out Hawaii, here we come!
Here are just a few of the photos I’ve taken with my new Lumix ZS40 that I absolutely love:
Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review – Panoramic Mode
One of the cool features of this camera is the ease of shooting in panoramic mode. Have you ever had a camera that has you tile your shots together while you’re shooting to form a panoramic image? Not the Lumix ZS40. You can take it all in one sweeping shot. Watch:
And you end up with shots like this:
Of the dozen or so panoramic shots I’ve taken, I’ve been very impressed with the image quality. There are a few glitches to be aware of occasionally. The first is that you might get a vertical line in your image, likely formed when one side of the photo is overlapping the other as seen here:
And if there happen to be people moving in your shot, they may end up a little distorted as seen in the enlarged section of this photo:
I only had the line glitch show up once, so not sure how common it is. I typically shoot the same photo multiple times, so this wasn’t an issue for me. I just threw the photo with the glitch out and had several left to choose from.
Shooting panoramic photos wasn’t something I used to bother with. I’m so glad I now have a camera that makes this feature so user-friendly, I’ll be using it as often as all the other great features this camera has to offer. Below are some links to friends’ reviews of more features on the Lumix ZS40:
Disclosure: I was given a Panasonic Lumix ZS40 camera for review and as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and without influence by Panasonic.