Panasonic ZS60

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 282g - 112 x 64 x 38mm
  • Introduced January 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ80
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS50
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS70
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
88
Imaging
45
Features
63
Overall
52

Panasonic ZS60 summary

Panasonic ZS60 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first released on January of 2016. It has got a 18 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4896 x 3672. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DMC-TZ80" in certain regions.

Panasonic launched this camera in an effort to update the older Panasonic ZS50 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the updated Panasonic ZS70 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The ZS60 comes in at #13 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #370 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check out our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Panasonic ZS60 family

The Panasonic ZS60 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all earlier and most recent models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-ZS80 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS80
ZS60 vs ZS80
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS70 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS70
ZS60 vs ZS70
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS60 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS6024-720mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS45 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS45
ZS60 vs ZS45
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS50 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS50
ZS60 vs ZS50
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
12MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS35 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS35
ZS60 vs ZS35
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS40 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS40
ZS60 vs ZS40
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS25 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS25
ZS60 vs ZS25
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS30 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS30
ZS60 vs ZS30
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS15 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS15
ZS60 vs ZS15
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS20 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS20
ZS60 vs ZS20
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS8 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS8
ZS60 vs ZS8
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS7 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS7
ZS60 vs ZS7
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS10 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS10
ZS60 vs ZS10
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS5 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS5
ZS60 vs ZS5
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR3
ZS60 vs ZR3
25-200mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR1 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR1
ZS60 vs ZR1
25-200mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS3
ZS60 vs ZS3
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic ZS60 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Panasonic ZS60 based on criterias which are normally considered necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
comes with HDMI socket
decently wide (24mm)
features touch to focus
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
lighter than average in class (282g)
offers face detection focusing
offers tracking autofocus
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
screen is touchscreen
supports RAW files
very good screen resolution (1,040 thousand dots)
very long zoom (720mm)
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have headphone socket
does not posses selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lacks phase detect AF
no external flash support
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f6.4)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Panasonic ZS60 Sensor details

The Panasonic ZS60 features the Venus Engine processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic ZS60 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a high of 6400. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the ZS60's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The ZS60 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic ZS60 dimensions

Panasonic ZS60 weighs about 0.62 lb (282 grams / 9.95 oz) and features external size of 112mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Panasonic ZS60 is less heavy in comparison with various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Panasonic ZS60 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the ZS60.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 topview buttons dials

Panasonic ZS60 Lens specs

The ZS60 provides a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 24-720mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is amazing and is going to make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 making it somewhat slow and not very good in low light conditions and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You might also need to up the ISO leading to noisy pictures. With the tele end, 720mm is fantastic zoom and comes to f6.4 making it quite sluggish and you may need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic ZS60 Connectivity

The ZS60 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Panasonic ZS60 Video specs

The max video resolution in the Panasonic ZS60 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p delivers an exceptional resolution for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the massive file sizes and make sure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means you get little control over your audio. It is probably best to find a different model in case you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Panasonic ZS60 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Panasonic ZS60 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic ZS60 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic ZS60 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus points and adjust settings by using your finger.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

The View Finder details regarding Panasonic ZS60 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,166 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.46x

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Panasonic ZS60 Shutter specs

Panasonic ZS60 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Panasonic ZS60 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic ZS60 boasts only built-in flash without external flash support.

Panasonic ZS60 Autofocusing specs

Panasonic ZS60 boasts just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be helpful for taking photos of people.

It has got 49 focus points to select from. Panasonic ZS60 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Panasonic ZS60 has the ability to use manual focus when required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic ZS60 Battery life

The battery pack on the Panasonic ZS60 is fashioned to last for 320 clicks according to the CIPA measurements making it about the same as its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life for this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic ZS60 for varying types of photography

The following graph gives a outline of the Panasonic ZS60 for varying types of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS60

The Panasonic ZS60 has a points tally of 53 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat adequate to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
has face detect focus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")

Panasonic ZS60 Street photography information

With a above average points total of 71, the Panasonic ZS60 is a very decent fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
offers touch to focus
lighter than competitors in class (282 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS60

A reasonable sports photography points total of 58 indicates the Panasonic ZS60 is fairly suited for photographing sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Panasonic ZS60 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty crucial in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic ZS60 gets a above average 74 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit for your travels.

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lighter than competition in class (282g)
comes with touch focus
MP count good (18MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS60

For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic ZS60 at it's moderate rating of 60 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate among it's competition.

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focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")

Panasonic ZS60 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Panasonic ZS60 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than others (282 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic jack

Panasonic ZS60 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the ZS60, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart down below will give you a bird's eye view of the ZS60 compared to it's top ranking rivals shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
Otherwise known as
Lumix DMC-TZ80
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2016-01-05
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW format
Max native ISO
3200
Max enhanced ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
49
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
1,166 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.46x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
37
DXO Color Depth score
19.3
DXO Dynamic range score
10.6
DXO Low light score
109
Features
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
282 gr (0.62 lbs)
Dimensions
112 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
Other
Battery life
320 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Price at release
$248