Features & Controls

An 18-Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor, Venus Engine, 30x optical zoom lens, and a 5-axis image stabilization system all come together to capture images for the camera. The 18-Megapixel CMOS is great for capturing images is low-light shooting situations. Add the Venus Engine to help eliminate noise and reduce image flaws for overall better images. Topping off the camera is a 30x optical zoom lens (24mm - 720mm) and optical image stabilization that gives you incredible versatility in any situation, including low-light.

Focus Range:
50 cm (1.6 feet) (Max. Wide)/ 2 m (6.6 feet) (Max. Tele) to
AF Macro/MF/Intelligent Auto/Motion picture:
3 cm (0.098 feet) (Max. Wide)/ 2 m (6.6 feet) (Max. Tele) to Infinity

This compact camera comes with a very compact built-in flash unit. It operates in Auto, On, Off and Slow Sync modes with and without the red-eye functions. At ISO Auto, the flash has a range of approx. 2.0-18.0 ft. at the (W) end. As you use the zoom, the range significantly shortens.

Your first option for composing your images with the ZS60 is the 1.16-million dot EVF. This high resolution screen offers a ton of detail and accurate color, just like looking through an optical viewfinder with the added bonus of seeing all of the camera's shooting information. To the side of the EVF is the dioptic adjustment dial and eye-level sensor.

Your other option for composing and viewing your captured images is the 3.0-inch, 1.04-million dot Touch LCD screen. Another high res. option with great color and touch capabilities, which makes it a pleasure to use. Adjustable brightness levels allow you to view it easily in all lighting conditions.

On top of the camera you will only find a few basic controls. From left to right you have the mode dial, shutter release coupled by the zoom lever, power button and dedicated video recording button. The camera's stereo microphone can be seen to the far left.


On the back you will find several more controls, starting with the LVF/Fn4 button at the top left. To the right you have the 4K photo/Fn1 button, Post Focus/Fn2 button, Playback, Delete/Fn3/Q. Menu and DISP. buttons. In between these buttons you will find the 4-way controller. It allows you to navigate the camera menu and make selections. Inside the 4-way controller is the Menu/Set button. On the outside is the camera's command dial for easy navigation and setting changes. All of the buttons with an Fn designation can be programmed to your specifications in the camera menu.


On the right side of the camera you will find its two input/output ports. On top is the HDMI output, allowing you to view all of your images and HD videos on any HDTV with an optional HDMI cable. Underneath is the High Speed USB port which allows the transfer of images to a computer or printer. It is also the main charging port with the included cord and power adapter.

Storing your recorded images and videos is accomplished on with a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. With the camera's incredible 4K still and video capture, Panasonic recommends using a UHS-3 speed memory card ensure the proper performance. The camera is shown above with the Panasonic UHS-3 16GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.

Powering the ZS60 is a 7.2V, 1025mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Panasonic does not include an external charging unit, but instead an adapter that allows you to charge the battery while it is still inside the camera. This leaves less for you to carry, but makes keeping a spare battery charged and ready to go a little more challenging.

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