Panasonic TZ60 review

Panasonic TZ60 review

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  • Can Panasonic improve on its popular TZ40 digital compact camera with a brand new design? Find out in our Panasonic TZ60 review

    Panasonic TZ60 review

    Love

    • Simple operation
    • Excellent picture quality
    • Manual control ring

    Hate

    • Tiny EVF
    • No touchscreen
    • Wi-Fi setup could be easier

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 is the maker's new travel zoom for 2014 and it follows the great work done by the Panasonic TZ40 and TZ30 - both among the most popular digital compact cameras around over the last couple of years.

    With the higher end of the compacts market going from strength to strength, there's plenty of competition around in the form of the Canon PowerShot S120, Sony HX50 and the new Canon PowerShot SX700.

    The TZ60 was launched alongside the Panasonic TZ55, which also features a 3-inch screen that can be flipped over 180 degrees for taking selfies.

    Panasonic TZ60: Size and build

    In terms of looks, the Panasonic TZ60 is quite a departure from the TZ40. The new model sports a slightly larger, more square chassis, which makes it look closer to a high-end compact than the upper-mid-range model that it is. The camera body is metal and partially covered by a slightly grippy rubber surface.

    We like the look of the camera, but can't help but feel that the previous model had a better grip.

    It's available in two finishes - black or black with silver trim - with the latter showing off its new, slightly more retro-styled design.

    Tipping the scales at 240g, the TZ60 is pretty lightweight so it's easy to chuck in a bag and carry round all day.

  • Panasonic has announced an update to its popular TZ line of travel zoom compacts and T3 had a sneak preview. Check out our Panasonic TZ60 hands-on

    Panasonic TZ60 review

    Love

    • Simple operation
    • Excellent picture quality
    • Manual control ring

    Hate

    • Tiny EVF
    • No touchscreen
    • Wi-Fi setup could be easier

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 is the brand's latest travel zoom, following on from the top-selling Panasonic TZ40 and Panasonic TZ30 digital compact cameras.

    Aimed very clearly at the premium end of the market, the new snapper is set to go up against the likes of the Sony HX50 and Canon Powershot S120 but will it make it into our list of the best digial compact cameras around?

    Unveiled at CES 2014, the new camera was also joined by the new Panasonic TZ55, which features a 3-inch flipover screen to make it nice and easy to take selfies.

    Panasonic TZ60: Features

    The TZ60 sports an impressive 30x optical zoom (an improvement on the TZ40, which could muster 'only' 20x). The AF is also faster - Panasonic says that it's doubled in speed since its predecessor.

    You'll also get a set of new composition guides in addition to the usual 'rule of thirds' grid that divides the screen up into nine squares. The new guides are designed to help you get more interesting snaps and include a variety of layouts such as 'tunnels' for shooting strong perspective shots, along with radial and diagnonal guides.

    The new model also sports GPS, Wi-Fi and 10fps burst rate and a hybrid OIS that also works while recording video. What's more, there's a new level shot function to straighten up your videos.

    Panasonic TZ60: Size and build

    The design has changed considerably since the last mode, with the chassis taking on a slightly chunkier, more blocky appearance that makes it look more like a pro compact that a mid-ranger. It will be available in black or slightly more retro-styled black with silver trim - with the latter fitting well with the new angular build and not looking too disimilar to the likes of the Fujifilm X20.

    Weighing in at 240g, the TZ60 is still fairly pocketable and won't take up too much room in your bag.

    Panasonic TZ60: Screen

    The camera sports a 3-inch screen and Panasonic has also added an EVF for when you'd rather use a viewfinder. The maker tells us that the EVF is similar to that on the Panasonic LF1 premium compact.

    The screen also allows manual focus peaking, which is a handy tool for when you're using the manual focus.

    Panasonic TZ60: Controls

    The controls have also received a boost on the new mode, with Panasonic adding a manual control ring around the lens. This can be customised to control aperture, filter and so on, depending on what shooting mode you're in.

    Panasonic TZ60: Picture quality

     

    Panasonic claims that the TZ60 offers the same picture quality as the TZ40, but using less power, and with a more powerful zoom. We didn't get much of chance to test out the picture quality in our brief hands-on, but were certainly impressed with the zoom and the AF appeared to be noticeably faster.

    The TZ60 also includes 16 filter effects, which can also be applied after your picture is taken. They'll also work on the panoramic mode.

    Panasonic TZ60: Verdict

    The TZ40 was a superb all-round compact with an incredible zoom so hopes were always going to be high for its successor.

    The new, angular design was a bit of a surprise, but we were impressed with the addition of a manual control ring, bigger zoom and faster AF. We also like the idea of the new compostition modes, which is something we look forward to testing out properly in our full review.

    Panasonic TZ60 release date: TBC

    Panasonic TZ60 price: £399

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