Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Brief Review


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  • 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor
  • 25-600mm 24x optical zoom with f2.8-5.2 aperture
  • 1080/60i video recording with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 202,000 dots
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery rated to 450 shots
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
16.1 megapixel MOS sensor; 25-600mm 24x optical zoom with f2.8-5.2 aperture; 1080/60i video recording with stereo sound; 3-inch LCD with 460,000 dots; Electronic viewfinder with 202,000 dots; Optical image stabilization; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery rated to 450 shots
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The FZ60 falls under the FZ200 as the new mid-range superzoom in the Lumix lineup. An update to the FZ47, the FZ60 uses the same 24x zoom seen in both the FZ150 and FZ47, but behind the lens now lies a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Low-light quality is improved over the FZ47's CCD, but that f5.2 aperture at the long end and lack of RAW format prevents the camera from competing with the more expensive FZ200. Panasonic has included 5fps burst with autofocus tracking or 10fps for a maximum of 3 (that's it?) images, 1080/60i video recording, and the usual array of manual modes. Given this feature set and obvious signs of cost-cutting, like the low-resolution viewfinder and missing swivel screen, the FZ60 comes in as an overpriced yet solid mid-range option.

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