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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60: Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 is a compact 18-megapixel ultra-equipped. With electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi, GPS and integrated 30x zoom in a tiny body. With its new Lumix TZ60, Panasonic brings to market a super-compact camera from the envelope not only extremely comprehensive, but also partially innovative.

Among the points of interest a 30x zoom lens, but also a built-in electronic viewfinder (very rare choice in this category) and a control ring placed around the lens barrel, which refers to a control system very dear to most passionate photographers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60: Technical Specifications and Design

The technical details of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 is certainly very ambitious. Beyond the 18-megapixel sensor (in 1/2, 3 ” ), on board a lens that covers the focal length range from 24mm to 720mm (ie from a wide angle to ultra telephoto pushed) with a maximum aperture discrete: f/3.3 ef/6.4 respectively.

The lens incorporates an optical image stabilizer, to facilitate shooting in a wide variety of situations. Do not miss the latest technologies, which are indeed present in a native country: this camera incorporates antennas Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS. The video mode lets you capture movies in Full HD (1080p50), choosing between storage formats MP4 or AVCHD.

Lumix DMC-TZ60-front

In terms of construction and design, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 is well-made and uses materials from the good feeling and strength reassuring. To integrate so many technologies, the camera body is really small (11 × 6.4 × 3.4 mm) and lightweight (240g) and is well suited to be delivered anywhere and anytime.

The layout of the controls, as already said, is very attractive. The presence of an electronic viewfinder lets you compose your images in a classical way, ie putting the eye on the machine, which not only helps to stabilize the recovery, but also to have a better visibility in very bright sunlight. Too bad that the panel assembled here is really tiny: the picture quality is decent, but the visibility is compromised by the very small diagonal.

On the back of the camera body are the usual command’s space, well laid out. There are a control dial, and numerous keys (although it would be preferable to a greater possibility of customizing). The front control ring allows you to operate various functions when shooting in manual mode, for example, is assigned to the selection of the opening, just like a traditional SLR. It is absent, strangely for such a machine, the touchscreen functionality.

Performance and Advanced features.

The performances of the Panasonic Lumix TZ60 are good for a compact, but not at the apex of the sector. The length of time is a few seconds (the massive lens must be extended) and the response to pressing the shutter release button is decent, but not lightning.

Lumix DMC-TZ60-Rear

Although the focus provides a good speed and accuracy, especially at wide-angle, but it is not a surprise to see him slow down considerably when using a telephoto lens, in this case, the acquisition of the focus may take a little longer and make it more difficult to follow moving subjects.

The performance of the stabilizer is good, but we found it difficult to keep the photo perfectly sharp shooting at maximum focal length of 720mm and the surrounding area. It is, moreover, a relationship of extreme multiplication, which requires some accuracy as the use of a socket and a very solid base to avoid unpleasant effects of camera shake.

Very good, finally, is the burst, which offers up to 5 fps with autofocus enabled, and a shooting mode that captures even ultra-fast 60 frames in one second (though blocking the car for several moments in the next phase of writing on the board).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60: Quality photos and videos.

The face of pure image quality is, unfortunately, the one on which the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 shines less. The sensor is small and very dense, with its 18 megapixel camera, and the result is a slightly frosted detail and presence of digital noise in virtually all captured images, even at ISO values ​​basis and in conditions of good light. To notice, you must observe the photos at 100% resolution, an uncommon thing for those who employs his shots only on the Internet and on social networks.

Lumix DMC-TZ60-top

The color values ​​and contrast are decent for a compact, although in testing the meter has occasionally wrong its assessment, producing images that are slightly too bright. Also contributes to the goal, in some specific cases, to produce an image quality less than optimal: enclose so many optical groups in such a small car necessarily entails sacrifices, that in the case of TZ60 manifest themselves in the form of a detail deteriorated the edges and a certain presence of chromatic aberrations (purple edges that can be seen on the shapes lit).

Conclusion

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.

Less brilliant is the image quality, which is affected by a very small and dense sensor pixel, as well as a fluctuating optical performance of the lens (zoom in problem almost goes without saying that pushed). The certainly commensurate with the nature of ” premium ” and the versatility of this compact and it is not disproportionate, although the most demanding photographers in terms of image quality will probably find the same figure offers that fit to their needs.

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Panasonic DigitalCamera Lumix TZ60 DMC-TZ60 Black - International Version (No Warranty)
  • The Lumix DMC-TZ60 boasts a 30x optical zoom, EVF and Wi-Fi with NFC in an ultra...
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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.

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