Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 / ZS40
1 August 2014
Summary: So imagine Panasonic's surprise when Sony responded to the feature-heavy TZ40 / ZS30 last year with its Cyber-shot HX50V. Sure it may not have had the touchscreen or the GPS landmark database, but it did have a lens that zoomed 50% longer with a 30x range that made the 20x on the Lumix feel somehow...
Pros: Huge 30x zoom range with decent stabilisation., Built-in electronic viewfinder., Support for RAW files., 1080 / 50p / 60p video; also 100fps at 720p., Built-in Wifi with NFC. Smartphone remote control., Built-in GPS with landmark database., Dual control dials., Focus peaking., Panorama mode.
Cons: Viewfinder image is small and lacks detail., Control dials often perform same function., Screen no-longer touch-sensitive., RAW files won't deliver a boost in quality.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 is a compact, very interesting, with a complete technological equipment and even a touch of innovation, which is the electronic viewfinder and the integrated control loop placed around the lens.
Pros: 30x zoom in an ultra-compact body, EVF integrated Wi-Fi and GPS, Good build quality.
Cons: Image quality is not at the top, Autofocus and shutter speed is not very fast, Really tiny electronic viewfinder, No touch-screen.
Summary: Thanks to the inclusion of a new electronic viewfinder, Raw capture functionality and a new polycarbonate and magnesium alloy mixed body, the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 does more than enough to improve on its predecessor.
Pros: EVF addition; Wi-fi performance; Build Quality: Raw capture
Cons: Aggressive noise reduction; EVF a touch underspecified
Excerpt: Ortis heads to San Francisco to put the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact zoom camera to the test - it packs in an 18.1-Megapixel sensor and a 30x optical zoom, but can it beat the trusty smartphone? Hit play to find out!
Excerpt: Panasonic’s TZ Series compacts have always been well featured, but the TZ60 does even more while still maintaining a slimline compact design. The new features are all going to be winners; especially the EVF, the multi-function control collar and RAW capture.
Conclusion: If you're after a capable compact that won't weigh you down and is easy to use, the TZ60 is a strong contender. The zoom range is huge and it offers plenty of manual and automatic modes to help you capture creative images.
Summary: With a new body design and quality construction, the TZ60 feels like a far more serious camera than the TZ40. The menus are navigable and, once custom function buttons are set up, the camera is very easy to use despite the lack of a touchscreen.