PANA­SONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ40

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$549, from ma­jor elec­tri­cal stores SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS 18.1-megapixel res­o­lu­tion, 20x op­ti­cal zoom, 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi en­abled. SIZE The rub­berised hand grip fit­ted nicely in my hand, and at 198g, it’s the sec­ond-light­est. US­ING IT This was the only one with a touch screen – nav­i­gat­ing the menu and fo­cus­ing were a breeze as I didn’t have to click a but­ton sev­eral times to scroll through the op­tions. I could use the dial on top to pick a shoot­ing mode eas­ily. PER­FOR­MANCE I zoomed in on peo­ple about 10m away and still got a de­cently clear im­age. At 20x op­ti­cal zoom, words and pic­tures on a no­tice­board 7m away came out dis­tinct but slightly grainy. My pho­tos had clean and re­al­is­tic colours, even when taken in auto mode. EF­FECTS This cam­era has the most fil­ters – 14, in­clud­ing toy-cam­era (dark­ens edges of im­ages), minia­ture (blurs the sides of pho­tos) and mono­chrome. My favourite was the retro ef­fect, which gives pho­tos a soft, vin­tage look. VER­DICT A clear win­ner that pro­duces sharp and nat­u­ral­look­ing shots, and boasts an ar­ray of fun fil­ters.

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