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2.0 out of 5 stars Good photos but terrible interface with smartphones, 23 May 2014
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014) (Camera)
The optics are excellent and the photos are very true to life. However this camera is badly let down by connectivity problems; On the NFC connection you can only transfer ONE photo at a time... What good is this?! The wifi connection is very fiddly to set up (and I am very accustomed to setting up wifi connections, routers, etc, in complex configurations). The Lumix app is clunky and slow, and half the time the connection is interrupted. And you can only upload to the Lumix cloud service, not Dropbox or the like. Finally, the plug is not a standard micro-usb so you can't use your phone charger and need yet another cable.

If you don't want to use your camera with a smartphone, get this, it takes great photos. But if you want good connectivity with your smartphone, get a Sony compact. The optics are not as good but everything else is a dream. It does multiple transfers, automatic transfers of all the photos for the day. And it charges on a standard micro-usb.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2014 21:00:59 BDT
Soren D. says:
Hi BHP, thanks for the review! I've been reading everything I can trying to find out which is the best 2014 small point and shoot camera for me, and exactly the ease of dropbox connectivity like you mention is one of the key things I need. May I ask which Sony you recommend? Thanks again!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2014 21:19:05 BDT
BHP says:
Hi Soren,

Well, I've got a Sony DSCWX350 (see here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IGL9PQ0/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and I'm absolutely delighted with it. It has NFC but the best way to transfer photos is to select, under 'Menu', 'send to smartphone'. Your smartphone needs to have the app 'Sony Play Memories' (free from Google Play) and you need to launch the app just after having selected 'send to smartphone'. The phone then automatically creates a wifi hotspot (the first time you connect it with your phone you need to enter the passcode generated by the camera but after that everything is automatic). You have many very useful options, in particular 'send all photos for this date' (at the end of the day, for ex), or 'select from smartphone', which allows you to see and tick individually on your phone the photos you want transferred. If you have a fast read card (I very much recommend Sony's, they are incredibly fast) the transfer takes about 1mn for 70 photos or so. The photos go into a special folder in your Gallery called 'Sony Playmemories mobile'. Then your phone will upload everything automatically to Dropbox if you have allowed this on the Dropbox site (ie 'Upload photos'), or if you have set up the app Dropsync (which I prefer because it's more fine tunable).

I'm sorry this sounds complicated, in fact it's really simple and totally painless. Alternatively you can choose 'send to your computer' (requires a USB connection, no wifi hotspot), and copy them directly in your Dropbox.

Apart from these very significant connectivity advantages, the photos are really good. The colours are bright without being in your face, the optical stabiliser is excellent and you can really use the 30x zoom, which I didn't think would be possible. But I have shot really good close ups of wildlife, very clear and well lighted.

I hope that this helps. Give it a try, you can always return it if you don't like it! And if you find the first connection a bit of a hassle because of the password, remember it's just once...
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