4 PANASONIC LUMIX TZ40
Panasonic, $499, panasonic.com.au ★★★★ Panasonic always packs a lot into its Travel Zoom compact cameras, and the latest model manages to squeeze in a few more features. The TZ40 maintains a slender, 196g form and keeps the 24mm wide-angle Leica lens with 20x optical zoom from the last model. What it does add is more resolution, both on its sensor that now reaches 18.1 megapixels and on its rear three-inch display that offers 920,000 dots for a clearer picture of the images you snap. More importantly, this camera adds wi-fi connectivity for fast uploads and an NFC chip so you can pair this camera to a smartphone to share your creations. The Panasonic Image App isn’t as easy to use as it could be, but it’s an important addition users should appreciate.