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Panasonic Lumix TZ55 And TZ60 Announced

Panasonic Lumix TZ55 And TZ60 Announced - Panasonic expands its TZ compact line with two new cameras, including a new 30x zoom with built in EVF.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40)
Price : £188
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Panasonic has today launched the compact Lumix TZ60 and Lumix TZ55 cameras. Small and sleek in design, these new models allow users to easily add creative touches to photos and videos as well as share them seamlessly with friends, family and followers. Thanks to GPS logging, they can also track routes and make it easy for users to share favourite scenic sites on Google Earth.

Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 and Lumix TZ55 cameras will be available from March 2014, the TZ60 at £399.99 and TZ55 at £229.99. 

Lumix TZ60 (ZS40)

Panasonic Lumix TZ60

The Lumix TZ60 is the newest model in Panasonic's flagship TZ series of premium compact cameras. It features a 30x optical zoom, LVF (Live View Finder), advanced connectivity,  Light Speed Auto Focus (AF), a manual control ring, plus a wide range of creative and manual functions. Inside the TZ60 body you'll find a wide-angle Leica lens as well as a high-sensitivity 18.1-megapixel MOS sensor.

Key Features:

  • 18.1 megapixel sensor
  • 30x optical zoom lens (Leica), equivalent to 24-720mm, f/3.3-f/6.4
  • Built in EVF, 0.46x magnification in 35mm terms
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch screen, 460k dots
  • Manual controls, PASM, RAW shooting
  • Focus peaking, manual focus
  • FullHD video, 50p, stereo sound, 5-axis IS
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • ISO100-ISO3200, Extends to ISO6400
  • 10fps continuous shooting (6 shots)
  • 300 shot battery life, USB charging
  • 15 filter effects, available in record and playback
  • Panoramic shooting (with effects)
  • Built in Wi-Fi / NFC
  • GPS / GLONASS
  • Control ring on lens
  • Available in black or black/silver
The 24mm lens has a viewing space approximately 136% larger than that of a 28mm camera and Intelligent Zoom is available to further extend the zoom ratio to the equivalent of 60x.

High speed consecutive shooting means users can shoot 10 Frames per Second (FPS) in 18.1-megapixel full resolution with the mechanical shutter, and 5 FPS with continuous AF and Full HD video recording.

Other features include a Noise Reduction (NR) system, Multi-process NR which works in two separate steps allowing even finer control over noise levels, full HD video shooting and a Live View finder.

The TZ60 enables image recording in RAW format and for more precise control over focus, the TZ60 incorporates a Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in Manual Focus mode.

This advanced camera also features Zoom Macro for fine macro shooting; High Dynamic Range which allows several photos to be shot consecutively at different exposure levels to make a single composite; and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode – which works for both photo and videos and includes a new Food Detection mode. This mode also includes Intelligent Handheld Nightshot and is equipped with Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes, featuring a total of 15 filter effects, including Expressive, Retro and Old Days.

The instant sharing of photos / videos, remote shooting and the ability to track journeys is also possible thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS technology found on the TZ60. 

Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview.

Lumix TZ55 (ZS35)

Panasonic Lumix TZ55

The TZ55 is a pocket-sized camera which features a 24mm ultra-wide angle lens and 20x optical zoom. It's the first camera in the Panasonic Lumix TZ series to incorporate a tiltable LCD screen, plus the compact has a 16.1-megapixel MOS sensor and Sonic Speed Auto Focus (AF). The Lumix TZ55’s wide connectivity options also mean that  images and movies can easily and instantaneously be shared via smartphones or tablets. Remote shooting and instant geo-tagging is also possible. 

Key Features:

  • 16.1 megapixel sensor
  • 20x optical zoom lens, 24mm - 480mm equivalent, f/3.3-f/6.4
  • 3inch, 460k dots tilting screen, tilts 180 degrees
  • Wi-Fi, QR Code
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Soft skin mode
  • 10fps continuous shooting (4shots)
  • ISO100 - ISO3200 (extends to ISO6400)
  • 350 shot battery life, USB charging
  • Full HD video, 30/25p, MP4, mono audio
  • Panoramic shooting (with effects)
  • Available in black, white, red
  • 250g with battery and memory card
  • 106.8x62.2x32.4mm
Other features include a Noise Reduction (NR) system, Optical Image Stabilisation technology and full HD video capabilities. An independent 'motion picture' button on the top of the camera allows users to instantly start shooting a video and with 10 Frames per Second (FPS) shooting in high speed burst mode, even the most fleeting scenes can be captured in images.

For those wanting more creative control 15 filter effects, including Expressive, Retro and Old Days are available and a Creative Retouch function allows users to add effects to images already taken. Plus, a new Creative Panorama function features 13 filter effects which can be overlayed on panoramic shots. 

Visit the Panasonic website for more information on the Lumix range. 


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Nice to see a viewfinder returning to compact cameras - albeit EVF. Still there are a lot of people out there, especially older people, who would prefer a viewfinder over arms length LCD. I know plenty of them Grin
Kudos to Panasonic for including this with the TZ60 now. First the LF1 and now this.
It could be a very welcome trend.

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