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Some pictures from my Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Part 1
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 - A fantasy iris.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A fantasy iris.
I got my DMC-ZS40 about a year ago. It's a direct descendent of the ZS20 that I had earlier, but with two important additions -- a 30X zoom lens and a real (though tiny) electronic viewfinder. All of this in a tiny camera, not much bigger than the DMC-LF1 that I'd been using. Seems too good to be true. And in a way, it was.

If the LF1 is a diamond, the ZS40 is a cubic zirconium. It's bigger and more impressive in some ways, but not so much in others. The ZS40 is what you get when you start with a ZS30 and push it to its limit. And it's my first Panasonic made in China rather than in Japan. The lens on the ZS40 has the longest zoom range of any camera I've owned, and it's very similar to the lens on the ZS30, but tweaked for additional range at the long end.

The biggest problem with the ZS40 is its insane, overcrowded 18 megapixel sensor. Too many pixels jammed into too small a space. No good will come of this. All those extra pixels take up too much space and, even worse, they slow things down when you move your images to the computer. Every sort of processing takes longer, and the larger image files take up more memory making it difficult to do things like panoramas.

I ended up setting the ZS40 to 12 megapixels. The quality looked about the same as when set to 18 megapixels, but things went a lot smoother.

Another problem was the ZS40's zoom lens. In designing a lens with this long a range, you have to make compromises. Most of the time, they won't have a great affect on the image quality.

There'll be some more on the ZS40 in part two of this article.
 -  A light through the trees. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A light through the trees.
 - The moon on a cloudy night.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The moon on a cloudy night.
 - White tulip.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
White tulip.
 - Red tulip.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Red tulip.
 -  A cardinal in winter. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A cardinal in winter.
 - In my room, A study in black and white.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
In my room, A study in black and white.
 -  A small bird on a winter tree. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A small bird on a winter tree.
 -  Strip tease! Followed by... - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Strip tease! Followed by...
 - The big reveal. (applause)  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The big reveal. (applause)
 -  My 3D prints showing art in the third dimension. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
My 3D prints showing art in the third dimension.
 - Contrail at sunset.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Contrail at sunset.
 - Everlasting pink flowers by the window.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Everlasting pink flowers by the window.
 -  Where we lived after a fire in our house. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Where we lived after a fire in our house.
 - Twisty-tree self-portrait panorama.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Twisty-tree self-portrait panorama.
 -  Chairs for two in a forgotten place. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Chairs for two in a forgotten place.
 -  Yellow flower - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Yellow flower
 - Icy winter sunset.  - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Icy winter sunset.
 -  A child's puzzle box. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A child's puzzle box.
 -  Faded tribute at our local cemetery. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Faded tribute at our local cemetery.
 -  A horse who was visiting, just down the road from us. - Panasonic DMC-ZS40 - Panasonic DMC-TZ60 - - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A horse who was visiting, just down the road from us.

Some technical notes: All of the pictures were shot with my Panasonic DMC-ZS40. The post processing was done with LightZone-3.
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