Lumix DMC-ZS60by Panasonic

  • Lumix DMC-ZS60
  • Lumix DMC-ZS60
  • Lumix DMC-ZS60
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • This compact camera combines scads of high-end features at a highly reasonable price.
  • HD video options include 4K at 15 frames per second as well as 1080p at 60 fps. In 4K photo burst mode, you can shoot images at 30 fps.
  • Battery life is long, supporting 320 shots without recharging.

CONS

  • The camera's 3-inch LCD is fixed; it can't be tilted for selfies or other angled shots.
  • The built-in 1166K-dot viewfinder is rather small.
  • A few features you might crave are absent, including an external flash hot shoe and panorama shooting.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 stands out strongly among other sub-$500 cameras because of its inclusion of 4K video. Although it is outfitted with a small, 1/2.3-inch sensor, this is much more than an entry-level consumer camera. Also known as the DMC-TZ80, the ZS60 is essentially a less pricey edition of the ZS100/TZ100, an enthusiast camera from Panasonic that boasts a 1-inch sensor. While automated shooting modes are available on the ZS60, the camera also offers manual modes and RAW shooting for added creative control. Other advanced features include 30X optical zoom, a 3-millimeter macro mode for close-up shots, integrated Wi-Fi and NFC, an electronic viewfinder, and face detection focusing.
NameLumix DMC-ZS60OM-D E-M10 Mark IIPowerShot G5 XAlpha a68Coolpix P900
ManufacturerPanasonicOlympusCanonSonyNikon
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Everyone wants a camera that's compact, has tons of zoom, takes great video, and doesn't cost a lot of money. Usually, you can pick three ou…

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Panasonic ZS60 weighs 282 g (0.62 lb / 9.95 oz) and has external dimensions of 112 x 64 x 38 mm (4.41 x 2.52 x 1.5″). Considering that the a…

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One problem that this model has that affects both its 4K video and its low light photography performance is the introduction of noise in its…

One problem that this model has that affects both its 4K video and its low light photography performance is the introduction of noise in its images. Because the image sensor is small in physical size, it has some problems with incorrectly recorded pixels (noise).

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