Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ60 Review

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Review posted 11/8/2012

Quick Take
Pros
  • 24X zoom up to 600mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 16-megapixel MOS sensor
  • Light sensitivity up to ISO 3200
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Full manual controls
  • f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Two customizable function buttons
  • 25mm wide angle
  • Long battery life (450 shots)
  • 3-inch LCD with power LCD mode
  • Electronic viewfinder
Cons
  • Burst mode speeds are limited
  • Autofocus is not always precise
  • High-definition video does not look extremely sharp
  • High ISO settings can look noisy
  • EVF resolution (202,000 dots) is not very sharp
Bottom Line
If you like a lot of dedicated buttons and manual controls at your fingertips, but don't want to spend the money for an interchangeable lens camera, the DMC-FZ60 will likely fit your hand like a glove. Its powerful 24X zoom, optical image stabilization and high light sensitivity all combine to give you tremendous flexibility for capturing attractive shots in most situations. As long as the disappointing burst modes won't trip you up, and you don't demand ultra-sharp video from your camera, this full-featured high zoom model should perform to your expectations Read more in our full conclusion
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Replacing the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ45, the DMC-FZ60 is the latest digital camera in Panasonic's FZ series for 2012. Including manual operation controls for taking pictures as well as recording high definition, 1080p video, the LUMIX FZ60 comes equipped with a powerful 24x optical zoom, in addition to a 16.1-Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor that uses the  redesigned Venus Engine for processing both video and stills.

In addition to the upgrades for the 2012 model, the Panasonic FZ60 has increased energy efficiency when it comes to battery life. This will allow consumers to take up to 450 pictures per charge with the standard battery. Regarding video, the camera records HD video at 60i in AVCHD as well as 30p in the MP4 format. The FZ60 digital camera also comes equipped with a HDR mode as well as a 3D mode to provide a variety of choices for photographers.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Features:
  • 1/2.33-inch, High Sensitivity 16.1 Megapixels MOS Sensor 
  • 24x Optical Zoom, 48x intelligent zoom
  • LEICA lens (25 - 600mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Wide Viewing Angle Intelligent LCD screen
  • Manual operation controls
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, Panorama Shot mode, 3D Photo mode
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
  • Fast and Precise 23-area Contrast AF system with Touch AF option
  • Active Mode, AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot 
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 450 photos)
  • Optional Accessories including Tele Conversion Lens, Close-up Lens, Lens Adaptor, ND Filter, PL Filter, MC Protector, Battery Pack, Soft Case, Camera Bag, etc

The Lumix DMC-FZ60 is available now with a suggested retail price of $349.99 USD. See our Lowest Price button at the top right for the current lowest price online.

What's in the box?:

  • FZ60 Camera body
  • Li-ion Battery pack
  • Battery charger
  • USB cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap string
  • Shoulder strap
  • Owner's manual


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