Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix TZ60, the travel zoom with a huge 30x optical zoom lens and built in EVF.

| Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) in Compact Cameras
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (1)

The new Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (ZS40 in USA) features a new 30x optical zoom lens, a built in electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, as well as raw shooting. The TZ60 has an RRP of £399, updates the Panasonic Lumix TZ40, and will be available from March 2014.

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Features

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ60 Black (11)

Designed to be the ultimate pocketable travel zoom, the camera not only offers the same 30x optical zoom as the Sony Cyber-shot HX50, it also offers a built-in electronic viewfinder, manual controls and raw shooting. The camera also features a newly developed optical image stabilisation system, designed to give 3stops compensation, an improvement over the TZ40, with a new ball system for lower power consumption.

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
  • Control ring on lens
  • Available in black or black/silver
  • Weighs 240g with battery and memory card
  • 110.6x64.3x34.4mm

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Handling

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ60 Black (6)

There is a rubber grip at front and rear to aid holding the camera steady when using it in low light or with a lot of optical zoom. The 3inch screen on the back is not a touchscreen, but features a 460k dot resolution, and easy to use Panasonic menus that are logically and clearly laid out with built in help in case you get stuck. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives a 100% view, and is the same 0.2inch, 200k-dot unit as found in the Panasonic Lumix LF1, but with improved optics over the LF1.

Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ60 Black (5)

Panasonic say they have designed the TZ60 to give better image quality than the previous model, the TZ40, and say that although it uses the same sensor as the TZ40, they have been able to get better image quality due to improved image processing. In tests they say that the image quality at 30x optical zoom is as good as, if not better than the image quality of the TZ40 at 20x optical zoom, despite having to deliver additional zoom. We will be putting the camera through a full review as soon as it is available. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.3 - f/6.4
35mm equivalent24mm - 720mm
Optical Zoom30x
Image Sensor
Pixels18.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4896
Pixels (H)3672
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS50p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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sasan Avatar
sasan 10 36 England
18 Jan 2014 10:26AM
Oh my gosh!Tongue
30X zoom on a compact body look likes trailer tires on a mini miner!!

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