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Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2

Portability
68
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ60
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 493g - 120 x 81 x 92mm
  • Announced July 2012
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FZ62
Panasonic S2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 112g - 98 x 57 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2012
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FZ60 and Panasonic S2, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are produced by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FZ60 (16MP) and the S2 (14MP) is relatively close and both cameras boast the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FZ60 was introduced 7 months later than the S2 and they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ60 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic S2 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the FZ60 grades versus the S2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ60 over the Panasonic S2

 FZ60 S2 
LaunchedJuly 2012January 2012Fresher by 7 months
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic S2 over the Panasonic FZ60

 S2 FZ60 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ60 and Panasonic S2

 FZ60 S2 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ60 comes with outer measurements of 120mm x 81mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") with a weight of 493 grams (1.09 lbs) whilst the Panasonic S2 has specifications of 98mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 112 grams (0.25 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FZ60 and Panasonic S2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the FZ60 compared to the S2.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ60 and S2 is 68 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizing simply by researching specs. The graphic underneath will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ60 and S2.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic FZ60 to provide you with extra detail using its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures way more aggressively. The more modern FZ60 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic S2 Portrait photography advice
44
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detection focus
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
34
megapixel count good (14MP)
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S2 as a Street photography camera
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition in class (493 grams)
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (112 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ60
Sports photography with Panasonic S2
55
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (450 per charge)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
better than average battery life (280 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Travel photography details
Panasonic S2 Travel photography details
57
better than average battery life (450 CIPA)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (493 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
71
better than average battery life (280 shots)
lighter than average (112g)
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic S2 Landscape photography factors
50
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
better than average battery life (450 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
41
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
better than average battery life (280 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Vlogging information
Panasonic S2 Vlogging information
27
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition in class (493 grams)
33
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
lighter than average (112 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Panasonic S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ60 and Panasonic S2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
Also called Lumix DMC-FZ62 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-07-18 2012-01-09
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT Screen LCD Display TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 202k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 493 grams (1.09 lb) 112 grams (0.25 lb)
Physical dimensions 120 x 81 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") 98 x 57 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 450 shots 280 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $350 $109