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Lumix Super Zoom TZ40 camera review

Here’s my overview of the Lumix Super Zoom TZ40 camera.

Housed in an ultra compact body, Lumix have packed into the TZ40 GPS, Near Field Communication, Wi-Fi and 20x Super Zoom.

Panasonix digital cameraThe 24mm ultra wide-angle 20x optical zoom lens is a Leica DC Vario-Elmar, which combines quality and versatility. Furthermore, Intelligent Resolution technology means that, even when using the zoom, deterioration of picture quality is kept to a minimum and is also available whilst in video-recording mode. Meanwhile, flare and ghost are kept to a minimum courtesy of the Nano Surface Coating of Panasonic’s black box technology.

A newly integrated 18.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor provides high speed signal processing and high quality image recording, whilst new noise reduction and edge smoothing technology newly incorporated into the Venus Engine does exactly what it suggests. Meanwhile, a combination of the high-speed digital signal output technology, the light speed and the mechanical shutter realize full resolution 10 frames per second consecutive shooting.

Follow the simple guidance provided and the NFC technology and Wi-Fi connectivity allow you to connect the camera to tablets and smartphones by simply placing them in close vicinity. Then enjoy remote shooting, uploading and transfer.

The camera will also record HD videos which, courtesy of the 5-axis correction technology which can detect and compensate for operator movement, will seem like you shot them using a tripod.

The GPS function detects and records landmark, town, county and country information alongside photos and videos which can then be logged and reached quickly. For more information check out the camera on Panasonic’s website.

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What happens in Japan stays in Japan?

Some say that despite Japan being the third largest economy in the world, what happens in Japan, usually stays in Japan. After the recent Tsunami, this seemed to be the case, initially.

However now that most of the countries industry has shut down, the effects are really being felt around the world. Why? Well, Japan is a major exporter of electrical and motorised goods – after all companies like Honda and Sony are based there.

A Busy Japanese Street - Representative of the Japanese EconomyOften the Japanese factories make some of the parts and then the final goods are assembled closer to where they are going to be sold. This is great as it increases capacity due to specialisation, but it does have it’s problems too.

Due to the Japanese parts of such businesses currently being shut down, the entire supply chain for such goods has ground to a halt, as nobody can get the parts they need out of Japan.


Around the world Japanese firms are shutting down their plants, due to a lack of parts. Toyota are actually now withdrawing their UK operations due to the Tsunami – among other things.

Japanese Car Logos
The logos of well known Japanese cars

Sony are in a similar situation, as their firm is considering a complete shut down for 2 weeks due to power shortages. No doubt other firms like Panasonic, Nissan and Fujitsu wont be far behind too.

It looks like the shifting of a few tectonic plates might have caused a lot more than a devastating earthquake and tsunami, but also a slowdown in the global tech industry – leading to a large loss of jobs worldwide 🙁

What are your views on this, will the world really struggle without Japan?