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Panasonic Lumix® DMC-FZ60

16.1 megapixel digital camera with 24X optical zoom

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Our take on the Panasonic Lumix® DMC-FZ60

by David Brown
Panasonic

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Get great telephoto and wide angle shots with one lens

Powerful zoom isn't just for pricey SLR cameras with long, detachable lenses. Get up close and personal from long distances with the Panasonic Lumix FZ60. With a 24X optical zoom lens, this camera captures faraway details with beauty and precision for great-looking long-range photos. The ultra-wide angle 25mm Leica lens lets you snap group photos at parties and family gatherings without cutting off those subjects on the edges of the frame.

Choose your settings, or let the camera choose for you

Whether you're a photo novice or a budding enthusiast, the FZ60 can provide just the right amount of automation for your skill level. Manually adjust the aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create customized shots. Or if those terms sound like Greek to you, let the FZ60's Intelligent Auto mode take over and adjust the camera's settings for your environment. Auto mode even lets you tweak the background focus, brightness and white balance using the rear dial.

Creative control and HD video

The FZ60 does much more than let you capture a standard snapshot. Take 3D and panoramic photos as well as shoot HD video with this versatile camera. You can turn even simple shots into dazzling photos using built-in filter effects such as Dynamic Monochrome, Sepia, Star Filter or Soft Focus. Best of all, these features are packed into a one-piece camera that's convenient to bring along when you don't feel like lugging around a bulky camera bag with extra lenses.

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Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 16.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 24X optical zoom (4X digital/96X total zoom or 48X intelligent zoom)
    • 3" LCD screen (460,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-600mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with Nano surface coating to reduce "ghosting"
    • optical image stabilization for blur-free photos
    • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings including a high sensitivity mode (ISO 6400) for low-light and flash-free shooting
    • full-HD movie mode (up to 1080p/30p resolution)
    • Intelligent Zoom for up to 48X digitally-enhanced zoom with limited photo degradation
    • manual mode for more creative control of camera settings
    • automatic red-eye correction and face detection
    • 14 creative filters including Soft Focus, One Point Color and Retro
    • 3D still image capture for viewing on your 3D-capable TV
    • panorama mode combines multiple images captured while panning camera
    • electronic viewfinder
    • pop-up flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charging station
    • USB cable
    • shoulder strap
    • lens cap and string
    • software CD-ROM

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD
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    No
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    No
    Waterproof
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    No
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    25-600 mm
    Optical Zoom
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    24x
    Digital Zoom
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    4x
    Filter Diameter
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    52mm
    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Manual Exposure
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    Yes
    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    70 MB
    Memory Media
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    SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    16.1
    Total Megapixels
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    17.5
    Image Stabilization
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    Optical
    Highest Resolution
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    4608 x 3456
    HD Video Recording
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    1920 x 1080
    Dimensions
    Width (inches)
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    4-15/16
    Height (inches)
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    3-3/16
    Depth (inches)
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    4-3/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    17.44
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital camera (black)
    • Lens Cap (52mm)
    • Lens Cap string
    • DMW-BMB9PP Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V/895mAh)
    • DE-A83B Battery Charger (8.4V/0.43A)
    • Neck strap
    • 40" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary USB connection on the other end)
    • Panasonic LUMIX software on CD-ROM
    • Basic Owner's Manual (Eng/Span)
    • Product Registration card
    • UL Note (DE-A83B)

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    Features
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Features

    Lens: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 digital camera is equipped with an F2.8-F5.2 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens. Its 4.5-108mm focal length is equivalent to 25mm to 600mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing range is as follows:

    • Normal: 6.6' to infinity
    • AF Macro/Manual Focus: 0.033' to infinity (wide), 3.3' to infinity (tele)

    Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 25-600mm focal length of the lens gives it an optical zoom of 24x. The camera's extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 54x, depending upon the picture size. In addition, the digital zoom extends the focal length by another 4x.

    Intelligent Zoom (i.Zoom): The camera's Intelligent Zoom uses super resolution technology to extend the optical zoom ratio by approximately 2x while maintaining the original image quality.

    Recording Media: The DMC-FZ60 records images onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or onto SD (8 MB to 2 GB), SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB), and SDXC (48 GB to 64 GB) Memory Cards. Pictures may be copied between cards and the built-in memory if desired. SD cards with a minimum Class 4 speed class are recommended for recording motion pictures.

    Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.33" MOS image sensor with approximately 17.5-million total pixels and 16.1-million effective pixels.

    Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios. The camera can also record 60p HD movies in AVCHD, as well as HD and SD movies in MP4. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and movies:

    Still Images:

    4:3 3:2 16:9 1:1
    16M: 4608 x 3456 14M: 4608 x 3072 12M: 4608 x 2592 12M: 3456 x 3456
    10M: 3648 x 2736 9M: 3648 x 2432 7.5M: 3648 x 2056 7.5M: 2736 x 2736
    7M: 3072 x 2304 6M: 3072 x 2048 5.5M: 3072 x 1728 5.5M: 2304 x 2304
    5M: 2560 x 1920 4.5M: 2560 x 1712 3.5M: 2560 x 1440 3.5M: 1920 x 1920
    3M: 2048 x 1536 2.5M: 2048 x 1360 2M: 1920 x 1080 2.5M: 1536 x 1536
    0.3M: 640 x 480 0.3M: 640 x 424 0.2M: 640 x 360 0.2M: 480 x 480

    Movies:

    • AVCHD:
      • FSH: 1920 x 1080; Bit Rate 17 Mbps; 60i (sensor output is 30 fps)
      • SH: 1280 x 720; Bit Rate 17 Mbps; 60p (sensor output is 30 fps)
    • MP4:
      • FHD: 1920 x 1080; Bit Rate 20 Mbps; 30 fps
      • HD: 1280 x 720; Bit Rate 10 Mbps; 30 fps
      • VGA: 640 x 480; Bit Rate 4 Mbps; 30 fps

    Optical Image Stabilizer: The Optical Image Stabilizer helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. The Power O.I.S. mode is used for shooting movies.

    Battery: The FZ60 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (DMW-BMB9PP). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 225 minutes of recording time, or about 450 images. When recording AVCHD motion pictures, the battery provides approximately 160 minutes of continuous recording or 90 minutes actual recording time. Playback time using the LCD monitor is approximately 330 minutes. The battery takes approximately 155 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A83B battery charger.

    Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC8 AC adapter, along with the DMW-DCC6 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or playing back photos in a slide show.

    LCD Monitor: The DMC-FZ60 has a 3" TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 461,000 dots and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has approximately 100% field of view.

    Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has a 0.2" color LCD viewfinder with approximately 202,000 dots and a 100% field of view. You can adjust the viewfinder's diopter to your own personal eyesight in case it is not in focus.

    Flash: The FZ60 has a built-in flash with a range of 0.98' to 44' (Wide) and 3.3' to 24' (Tele) in Auto ISO mode. The range varies with other ISO settings. Available flash modes include: Auto, Auto/Red-eye, Forced Flash, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye, or Flash Off.

    Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the menu, the FZ60 allows you to choose from the following shooting modes:

    • Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made automatically. The camera identifies the scene and activates one of the following functions automatically: Scene Detection, Backlight Compensation, Intelligent ISO sensitivity control, Auto White Balance, Face Detection, AFS, Quick AF, i.Dynamic, i.Resolution, i.Zoom, Stabilizer, AF Assist Lamp, Red-eye removal, Continuous AF, and Zoom mic.
    • Program AE Mode: You can use the recording menu to change settings and set up your own recording environment.
    • Aperture-Priority Mode: You can control the range of focus (depth of field) by setting the aperture. The shutter speed is automatically adjusted to be appropriate for the set aperture value.
    • Shutter-Priority Mode: You can control the shutter speed, while the aperture is automatically adjusted to be appropriate for the set shutter speed.
    • Manual Exposure Mode: You can set any aperture value and shutter speed when automatic exposure adjustment prevents you from recording at the desired exposure. Long exposures of up to 250 seconds is possible.
    • Creative Video Mode: Enables motion picture recording with audio using Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual, and High Speed Video settings.
    • Custom Mode: You can register frequently used recording modes and menu settings in Custom 1 or Custom 2 position, so you can quickly switch to those settings when desired.
    • Scene Mode: You can select from different scene modes using the menu. Available Scene Modes include: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, and 3D Photo Mode.
    • Creative Control Mode: You can use this mode to check coloring effects, select a color mode from among these 12 available modes: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color.

    Self Timer: The self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds. You can also use the self timer in Burst mode to take 3 pictures after the delay.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -3 to +3 in 1/3-step increments.

    Auto Bracket: In the Auto Bracket mode, 3 pictures are taken with different exposures, allowing you to select the picture with the desired exposure. You can set the exposure compensation from -1 EV to +1 EV in 1/3-step increments.

    Burst Modes: In Burst Mode, pictures can be taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed. You can take up to 10 full resolution photos at up to 3 frames per second. Up to 100 total photos can be taken at slower frame rates (2-5 fps).

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance modes:

    • Auto: automatically adjusts the white balance
    • Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
    • Cloudy: for recording outdoors under a cloudy sky
    • Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
    • Flash: for taking pictures with flash
    • Incandescent: for recording under incandescent lighting
    • White Set 1 & 2: sets the white balance manually on a white object
    • Color Temperature: when using the preset color temperature setting

    ISO Sensitivity: ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places. Sensitivity can be set as follows:

    • Auto: Automatically sets a value up to 1600, based on the brightness of the subject.
    • i-ISO: Automatically sets a value up to 1600, based on the movement and brightness of the subject.
    • Preset: Manually set to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200
    • ISO Increments: 1/3EV (16 steps) or 1EV (6 steps) between ISO 100 to ISO 3200

    Metering Modes: The camera has three available metering modes: Multi Metering, Center-weighted, or Spot.

    Auto Focus Mode: You can choose one of the following AF modes: Face Detection, AF Tracking, 23-area Focusing, or 1-area Focusing.

    Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.

    Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.

    Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion. You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.

    Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.

    Resizing Pictures: This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image.

    Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.

    Auto Power Off: The camera is automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    HDMI: The DMC-FZ60 has a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. A mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable is necessary to connect the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. If connected to a VIERA Link-compatible Panasonic TV, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. The unit is compatible with VIERA Link Version 5.

    AV Out / Digital: This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer with the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device using the optional DMW-AVC1 audio/video cable. TV output is NTSC only.

    Supplied Software

    PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.3 AE Edition (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and add effects. Various printing functions are supported.

    LoiLoScope (30-day full-trial version): This software allows you to make full use of your computer and edit motion pictures easily. (Installs only a shortcut to the trial version download site.)

    USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:

    • Windows XP SP3
    • Windows Vista SP2
    • Windows 7 SP1
    • Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.7
     

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    Quick impressions from the Lab

    Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

    Great intermediate camera

    Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 10/30/2012 10:38:00 AM

    Several things impressed me about the Lumix DMC-FZ60. The first was the quality of the display. The screen image is crisp and clear with plenty of detail. And that's good, because this is the camera that can capture that detail.

    I also like the number of dedicated control buttons. While it might be a little much for the beginner, if you've used a point-and-shoot for a while, you might enjoy the shortcuts these buttons provide. There's a dedicated focus button, for example, that lets you determine what the focal point of the photo will be. When pressed, the button activates a small square showing the focus. You can use the arrow keys to move the square around, so the focus doesn't always have to be the center of the shot.

    In the Creative Control section, where you select effects like Impressionist Art, Star Highlights, and Toy Effect, you can use the toggle that controls the zoom lens to move quickly through the effect options. I like the icons that show on the display, but I also like the Display button that hides them. I can have the info when I want it, and clear the screen when I don't.

    This camera gives you the tools to go further with photography, without letting the tools get in the way. Very nice!

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