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Favourable first impression!,
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)
I have just got my TZ60 having had both a TZ40 and TZ30 before that. These are my first impressions of this new camera and I will add to this review as I get to know it better but for those who might be considering one now here are my early thoughts -
- Picture quality is good in the context of a pocket travel camera in reasonable light conditions and at lower ISOs (eg. below 800).
- Auto focus seems quick especially in better light and at lower zoom lengths.
- The TZ60 shoots in RAW (the TZ40 didn't) as well as JPEG.
- Video quality is good plus you can zoom during shooting - video can be shot in HD 1080 P or I.
- The TZ60 looks and feels like an enthusiast camera with its lens control ring and an electronic viewfinder featuring dioptre adjustment.
- Effective ergonomics - it's easy to hold, operate and the menu system and controls are well designed.
- Good quality LCD display which is readable even in quite sunny light.
- Lots of manual options as well as an effective auto mode with many pre-programmed scene modes and filters plus HDR etc.
- The 30X zoom brings things closer, although, it doesn't seem 1/3 more powerful than the TZ40, but image stabilisation is good even at 30x zoom and I understand the system has been developed further since the TZ40.
- The GPS seems quicker to find a fix plus WiFi and NFC work well and have been refined a bit since the TZ40.
- Burst mode seems fast.
- Battery life is good at around 250-300 shots. (See the "con" below about charging though).
- Because of the small sensor, in reduced light and at higher ISO settings pictures can get noisy, but show me a comparable camera where this isn't true. The sensor is, I believe, the same as in the TZ40.
- The TZ60 has no touch screen facility like the TZ40 - this is something you might miss if you're used to it.
- You have to manually switch between the LCD display and electronic viewfinder - there's no automatic sensor.
- The electronic viewfinder is very usable and nice to have, but resolution could be higher. The practical implication of this is that a picture might appear in focus through the viewfinder but put it on your computer and you could be disappointed. However, bear in mind most cameras of this type don't have a viewfinder facility at all.
- The TZ60 is slightly bulkier than the TZ40 but not significantly so.
- Battery charging can only take place in camera as there's no external charger - the camera can't be used during charging.
Finally, although, it's not strictly about the camera itself ....
- Panasonic and other camera makers should learn to get a matching case out at the same time as a new camera is launched - I have a friend who won't buy a new camera unless a case is available.
In summary, this is a well designed and equipped travel camera. The TZ60 will deliver very reasonable results under a wide range of conditions and satisfy most people. Because it is effectively a "Jack of Many Trades" there are some compromises, primarily, in the area of low light performance and related picture noise levels, but, as I've said, this issue only becomes intrusive in fairly low light and at higher ISO settings. Overall, this camera is a crowd pleaser, well made, straightforward to use with many options available and capable of delivering some nice results - I like it a lot. Recommended.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2014 08:35:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2014 09:11:50 GMT
External chargers and spare batteries are readily available. I bought a Gem case for£9.67 + postage size 120mm x 40mm x 75mm which is great for the TZ60 + batteries etc. The case is supposed to be for Samsung WB250F.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2014 10:35:20 GMT
Paul Madge says:
Roy, Many thanks - that's a very useful nugget about the case! V. grateful. Paul
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