Panasonic FZ60

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ62
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43

Panasonic FZ60 summary

Panasonic FZ60 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first revealed on July of 2012. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is known as "Lumix DMC-FZ62" in some markets.

The FZ60 stands at #97 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #578 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FZ60 history

The Panasonic FZ60 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
FZ60 vs FZ80
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ60 vs FZ300
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ60 vs FZ70
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ60 vs FZ200
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ6025-600mm
F2.8-5.2
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ60 vs FZ150
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ60 vs FZ47
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ60 vs FZ40
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ60 vs FZ100
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
FZ60 vs FZ35
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FZ60 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic FZ60 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic FZ60 based on aspects which are often regarded as useful in a digital camera.

decent megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually
good minimum ISO (100)
great battery life (450 per charge)
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes HDMI support
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
pretty good screen size (3")
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
does not have selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
heavier than competition in class (493 grams)
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.2)
no external mic jack
no headphone jack
no Time Lapse recording
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FZ60 Sensor features

The sensor specification on the Panasonic FZ60 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the FZ60's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The FZ60 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 sensor size Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ60 dimensions

Panasonic FZ60 weighs in at 1.09 pounds (493 grams or 17.39 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 120mm x 81mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Panasonic FZ60 is heavier than various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic FZ60 beside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the FZ60.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ60 Lens features

The FZ60 has got an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 25-600mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is significant and will let you zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 which is really sluggish and not great in low light occasions and you might struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up your ISO leading to noisy images. With the long end, 600mm is excellent zoom and comes to f5.2 making it very sluggish and you will have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ60 Connectivity

The FZ60 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send images and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Panasonic FZ60 Video features

The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic FZ60 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance between video quality vs file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means you have zero control over your audio. It is probably best to purchase a different model in case you need better audio in your videos.

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Panasonic FZ60 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Panasonic FZ60 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Panasonic FZ60 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ60 has got a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 460k dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic FZ60 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 202k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very valuable.

Panasonic FZ60 Shutter features

Panasonic FZ60 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FZ60 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic FZ60 includes just built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Panasonic FZ60 Autofocusing features

Panasonic FZ60 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be useful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor has got 23 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Panasonic FZ60 includes manual focus when needed during low light or you want more precise focus control.

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Panasonic FZ60 Battery life

The battery life for the Panasonic FZ60 is fashioned to last for 450 photos based on the CIPA specifications making it higher than average ın comparison with its class. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the best (600) battery life within this class of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FZ60 for varying styles of photography

The following illustration gives a outline of the Panasonic FZ60 for varying styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FZ60 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic FZ60 gets a points total of 44 which is low, and means the camera is not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
supports face detection focus
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Panasonic FZ60 as a Street photography camera

Having a low points tally of 44, the Panasonic FZ60 is not appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
more heavy than competition (493 grams)

Panasonic FZ60 Sports photography info

A average sports photography points tally of 56 indicates the Panasonic FZ60 is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery (450 per charge)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FZ60 Travel photography factors

Size is super important in getting a travel camera. In general, the Panasonic FZ60 gets a moderate 57 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suitable to take on your holidays.

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good battery life (450 shots)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (493 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ60 Landscape photography details

If you find yourself looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FZ60 and it's average grade of 50 for a landscape camera is fairly suitable compared to its competitors.

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focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
better than average battery life (450 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ60

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic FZ60 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a low rating of 27.

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really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic support
heavier than others (493g)

Panasonic FZ60 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the FZ60, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph followed below shows you an overview of the FZ60 vs it's highest scoring rivals shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
Also called
Lumix DMC-FZ62
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2012-07-18
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
3200
Maximum enhanced ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.2
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3"
Resolution of screen
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
202k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4s
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
13.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
493 gr (1.09 pounds)
Physical dimensions
120 x 81 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
Other
Battery life
450 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
One
Launch price
$350