The Panasonic Lumix ZS40 allows vivid color infrared pictures to be captured with ease. This is an upgrade from our previous bestsellers, the ZS6, ZS8, ZS19, ZS25, and ZS35. This is camera features a sharp Leica lens that can go as wide as 24mm (one of the widest compact camera lenses on the market) for landscape shots or up to a 30x (720mm) optical zoom to reach out and touch your subject, and it focuses sharp at every focal length. The focusing ring at the base of the lens along with focus peaking allow you to shoot with DSLR-like precision.
While this camera is small enough to fit in your pocket, it still gives the user complete control with full manual controls and the ability to shoot RAW. For shooting in IR, this little workhorse punches well above its weight. It produces great false color results, especially when shooting RAW. Great results can also be achieved directly in camera in black in white or a variety of other styles.
With 18 MP, this camera captures enough detail for large prints, and the full-sized, 3-inch Live view LCD and 100% coverage electronic viewfinder make composing your IR images easy and intuitive. Hybrid optical image stabilization and HD videos at 60FPS add to the list of great features in this camera.
With custom white balance, you make sure you’re getting great color IR images every time. And, you can branch out with a great set of creative features like the miniature effect, in camera HDR, and shooting stills at up to 60 FPS burst!
This camera also offers Wi-Fi and built-in GPS connectivity with supported phone and tablet tethering, allowing remote shooting where you can view, shoot, and record pictures right on your phone and keep track exactly where you took them. This will be of particular interest for UAV applications.
Cameras are made to order. Allow up to a week for order shipment.
Comes in refurbished condition, will be matte black & metallic gray.
Effective Pixels: 16.1MP 1/2.33 inch CCD Sensor
Lens Specifications: 20x Optical zoom lens (24-480mm) 4x Digital zoom
LCD Monitor: 3” TFT LCD
Motion Video Quality: 1920 x 1080 HD movie recording at 60fps
10FPS burst shooting
Image Stabilization: POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
Dimensions: H 2.3” x W 4.1” x D 1.1”
Weight: 6.03 oz.
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Point and Shoot
Why Choose Us?
Professional dust free infrared conversion in an ISO Class 5 clean bench using high quality glass and fused quartz
Anti-reflective coated filters to reduce hotspots and glare
The ONLY company that uses optically engineered IR filters for the best infrared photography camera you can own
Authorized repair shop partner for long term service of your infrared converted camera
All of our conversions and converted or modified cameras come with a 1 year warranty for post-conversion malfunctions and electronic issues related to the conversion service.
This warranty does not include wear and tear repairs such as, but not limited to; shutter failure. Warranty does not cover user-caused damage, or other issues unrelated to our conversion services or camera modifications.
For more comprehensive coverage we highly recommend our Extend warranty, which also covers accidental damage.
IR Filter Choices
Direct from Camera, Custom White Balance
Black & White
Direct from Camera, Auto White Balance
Our standard turnaround time for camera conversions is 2 weeks on average for most models. This is only an estimate and not a guarantee. Our standard turnaround time may occasionally exceed 2 weeks during our busy season (April-August) or take less than 2 weeks in our off-season (September-March).
We also offer 5-day and 1-2 day rush processing options on our camera conversions for an additional fee. Our rush services allow us to coordinate the logistics of your conversion ahead of time to meet your deadlines to the best of our ability. Our rush processing time does not include shipping times.
We do our best to accommodate each and every one of our customers year-round.
If ordering one of our pre-converted cameras, keep in mind that they are made to order and are not eligible for rush processing. Please allow at least 2 weeks before your camera ships out to you. Plan for trips and assignments accordingly!
Any time frames that we provide, including shipping time, turnaround time, and rush processing times, are only estimates and are subject to availability. We make no guarantees on service time or shipping times.
What is the AR coating and what does it do? The AR coating option adds an IR centered anti-reflective coating onto the IR filter we install when we perform an infrared conversion. It reduces hotspot artifacts that some lenses are prone to, and can reduce other stray reflections. On our full spectrum conversions we apply a broadband AR coating that covers the UV, visible, and IR ranges. The coating does not reduce optical performance in any way and is highly recommended.
Uncoated glass has a reflection of around 4-5% at all wavelengths, and we found that this reflection off the sensor filter was bouncing off the glass and reflecting back from the lens housing and aperture blades to cause IR hotspots. We developed this anti-reflective coating that is centered around the IR wavelengths that cause hotspots, and reduced the 5% reflection down to <0.5%
Conversion AR Coating
When applied to our internal conversion filters, we find that hotspots are significantly reduced during infrared photography. Below is a sample from a Nikon 50mm 1.8 which has a strong hotspot at small apertures. Independent tests also available from Mark Hilliard here and Edd Noble here.
4896 x 3672
4896 x 3264, 2896 x 2752, 3664 x 3664, 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2692, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480