Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

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

My grandmother’s diamond ring.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World, Orlando.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Running man at Elitch Gardens, Denver. 

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:

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Storm over the Aurora Reservoir.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Stormy skies over the Aurora Reservoir.

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:

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Storm over the Aurora Reservoir.

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:

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Troika ride at Elitch Gardens, Denver.

Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Review

Up close on people in panoramic image of Troika ride at Elitch Gardens.

Panasonic-LumixI 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:

In the Mouse House: Disney After Dark – Capturing Dazzling Images with the Panasonic ZS40!

Missouri Traveling Mom: How to Take the Best Photos with the Panasonic ZS40′s 30X Optical Zoom

The Missouri Mom: Canon EOS Rebel T3 versus Panasonic DMC – ZS40

Traveling Dad: Five Reasons the Lumix ZS-40 Puts My DSLR in the Closet

Orange County Traveling Mom: How to Take the Best Family Vacation Photos with the Panasonic Lumix Camera

Blended Family Traveling Mom: Product Review: LUMIX ZS40 Camera from Panasonic

 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.

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