Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
4 October 2014
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!
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. The outstanding 30x zoom, integrated into a camera body really well-made and a pocket is another factor of interest.
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.
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. Remote shooting via a smart device and the ability to output RAW files are big advantages for a pocketable model, and this is a highly competent camera that offers much bigger features than its small size suggests.
Summary: The basics 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!
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 is a high-end compact camera with a big, big zoom. 30x optical, in fact, taking its range from 24mm at the wide end to a staggering 720mm at the telephoto end. So you can shoot an epic landscape one moment and zoom in to take a portrait of a far-off starling the next. At least, that’s the theory.
Conclusion: 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. Just how often you’ll need to shoot at focal lengths over 400mm is probably debatable, but it’s good to know that the TZ60’s zoom still performs well beyond this setting.
Summary: The TZ60 continues to offer the features that have made this series stand-outs for travellers: a pocketable body with plenty of external controls that are straightforward to use. It also provides good picture quality with a usable ISO range from 100 to 800, where noise won't be an issue. Features like the handy control ring and peaking assistance for manual focusing aren't likely to be deal breakers, although they do add to the appeal of this camera.
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. The EVF is of a low resolution, but it is still good enough to use for composition and with the advantage of giving users steadier shots when handholding.
Excerpt: A pocket-sized camera with a big zoom makes a lot of sense. The zoom gives it a clear advantage over smartphone cameras, but it still has all the convenience of a point-and-shoot camera. Panasonic's latest flagship model, the TZ60, really pushes the boat out with its enormous 30x zoom range, stretching from a wide-angle 24mm to a paparazzi-like 720mm (equivalent) focal length.