On the quality of image when cameras are reviewed is the focus or rather peiority in any camera, but an exception to the rule was Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 that has been launched recently. With well-judged automatic exposures and sharp focus from its 20x zoom lens, the quality of image offered by this camera was perfectly respectable, but its sensor produced more image noise, in comparison to rival cameras like Fujifilm or Canon. However, with its superb video mode, responsive, lightning-fast performance, friendly controls and built-in GPS, this camera became an all rounder.
The high point in these pocket ultra-zoom cameras is convenience and flexibility, hence the TZ30 was not a very good choice but certain features like using touch screen, the ability to move the auto focus can be argued as one of the best points, if wishing to get large print outs.
The TZ40 picked up, where TZ30 left. Both in terms of their appearance and their spec sheets, the cameras are difficult to diferentiate in many respects. Although we preferred the power switch of TZ30 to the power switch of TZ40, which is a tad to press by accident, they use the layout of controls and the same lens that have barely changed. The resolution of 3in screen now stands at 920,000 dots, with an amzing quality.
Excellent Wi-Fi Functions is also offered by the Camera. There’s one new button on the back, in order to access the Wi-Fi menu. Besides, the camera also offer many other features and functions on offer. Transfers to a PC over a home network is simply involved, assisting in Windows log-in and password and the selection of a shared folder, just by entering a Wi-Fi password. As there is a limit to retyping a Wi-Fi password again and again via a navigation pad, it is comparatively tougher to set up uploads to social media sites. Here, before our will to live starts to become paler, the touchscreen did not work. It was quite easy, though, to track down previously used settings, after initial setup, thanks to a Connection History and Favorites list.
On the top right a new Wi-Fi button is located
Provided by the accompanying app for Android and iOS is a convenient route for online sharing is available. If NFC is supported by your Android device, the log-in process can be entirely skipped.
In the app, it can be transferred them across with convenience, one can easily browse photos and (MPEG-4 but AVCHD cannot be browsed easily) videos, forwarding them from elsewhere. Transfers can be managed, on the other hand, using the controls of the camera, and they can even be sent across automatically, as soon as they’re captured. Not offered by many other Wi-Fi cameras, this is, no doubt, an extremely useful alternative.
The iOS app is the best in this camera range among rivals
This app also serves as a remote control, complete with a comprehensive live view and a wide-ranging control over settings. Since we last tested the app, it now encompasses a video record button. We were also able to adjust the speed of shutter and settings of aperture, in manual exposure mode, but a bit of an oversight is the lack of an ISO speed control. All in all, seldom such quality Wi-Fi implementation has been seen, in a compact camera.