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Panasonic creates DMC-FZ60 and FZ62 mid-price 16MP superzooms

By dpreview staff on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic is to offer the Lumix DMC-FZ60, a mid-priced 24X superzoom with MOS sensor. The FZ60 doesn't retain the FZ200's constant-F2.8 lens or high-res viewfinder but its sensor allows it to capture full-resolution images at 10 frames per second and shoot 1080i60 movies (from 30p sensor output). European versions will offer 1080i50 recording from 25p capture. The camera promises 450 shots per charge and features 'Nano Surface Coating' to minimize internal reflections in its 25-600mm equivalent lens.

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX FZ60, NEW SUPER-ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA EQUIPPED WITH 24X OPTICAL ZOOM LENS

The New FZ60 Features High Speed Response and Excels in Full-HD Video Recording

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-FZ60, the latest in the popular FZ series, which packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over both photo and full-HD video recording.

The LUMIX FZ60 is equipped with a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm), allowing for flawless shooting of dynamic landscapes or indoor group portraits. With the camera’s Intelligent Zoom function, zoom can be increased to 48x equivalent while Intelligent Resolution technology maintains picture quality. Nano Surface Coating technology, is dramatically minimizes light reflection for the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens resulting in super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare. Compared of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, the LUMIX FZ60’s advanced lens system fits within an outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance and suppressing distortion at the wide-end and color bleeding at the tele-end.

The LUMIX FZ60’s newly developed 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor combined with the high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine results in elevated response, sensitivity and image quality. Integrating high-speed digital signal output technology, the LUMIX FZ60 shoots 10 fps (frames per second) in 16.1-megapixel full resolution*1 with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Combined with its quick start-up time of approximately 0.9 seconds, the LUMIX FZ60 is able to capture even the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

“The new LUMIX FZ60 is a powerful, super-zoom camera which boasts extremely fast speed, and stellar image quality,” said Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “The high energy efficiency of the camera’s Venus Engine extends the LUMIX FZ60’s battery life by about 12% as compared to its predecessor, the FZ45, making it possible to shoot 450 images per single charge making it an ideal companion for field shooting.”

The LUMIX FZ60 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC, sensor output 30p) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4. A special, separate button on the top of the camera body allows the user to instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to change any settings.

The powerful 24x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording and Active Mode encourages recording at a wide angle such as shooting while walking, without causing deterioration of image quality. The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in video recording and Creative Video mode lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive videos. The high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator offers highly realistic sound to accompany the motion images. The stereo microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system and the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.

The LUMIX FZ60 incorporates Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of missed shots. A comprehensive integration of POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Handheld Night Shot, Intelligent HDR(High Dynamic Range) and Motion Deblur*2 functions, iA mode lets the camera do all the work, leaving the user free to compose shots, aim and shoot subjects. Additionally, iA Plus mode is newly enhanced to enable defocus control, exposure compensation and white balance adjustment using iA mode.

While offering a convenient shooting-assist function such as iA / iA Plus, the LUMIX FZ60 is capable of full manual control for users a step beyond the beginner stage who enjoy more creative photography. With its P/A/S/M mode, users can enjoy creative shooting, expressing themselves not only in photos but also in video.

The popular Creative Control mode has been upgraded, adding eight new filter options including Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*3 in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect*4 modes .

Additional features of the LUMIX FZ60 include:

  • 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Wide Viewing Angle Intelligent LCD screen
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode
  • Panorama Shot mode
  • 3D Photo mode
  • Optional Accessories including Tele Conversion Lens, Close-up Lens, Lens Adaptor, ND Filter, PL Filter, MC Protector, Battery Pack, Soft Case, Camera Bag, etc

Pricing and availability for the LUMIX DMC-FZ60 will be announced 30 days prior to shipping. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras and lenses, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

*1 Maximum 3 images
• Motion pictures in [MP4] can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Also, motion picture recorded continuously in [MP4] is up to 4 GB.
• Use an SD Memory Card with "Class 4" or higher when recording videos.
* SD Speed Class is the speed standard for continuous writing.
*2 The picture size may be reduced.
*3 For photo only
*4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)

* Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
* The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards.
* The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
* Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
* HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
* All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
* This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
* Some accessories are not available in some countries.
* The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
* Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2736 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2304 x 2304 , 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920x1920 , 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3)
  • MPO
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Color Saturation
  • Noise Reduction
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–600 mm
Optical zoom24×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.2
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Screen LCD Display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution202,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Creative Video
  • Creative Control
  • Scene
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Sports
  • Panning
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery Handheld Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • 3D photo
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames )
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps) ; 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30, 25 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 30, 25 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included70 MB internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini )
Remote controlYes (Optional DMWRSL1)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)450
Weight (inc. batteries)493 g (1.09 lb / 17.39 oz)
Dimensions120 x 81 x 92 mm (4.72 x 3.19 x 3.62)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 14
laago
By laago (Oct 19, 2012)

I have owned 2 Olympus cameras previously & both were better thought out body-wise, also allowed night shots etc.
I did think about sending it back but shall continue in my quest for excellence because what else is available?
So to sum up..........
GOOD
Value for money & features compared with competitors, I spent days researching them all.
Has a viewfinder.
Some/most photos are good.
Movies.
Battery life.
BAD
Stills focusing. On one menu option it has various so-called focus points outlined together, who wants that, I just want to focus on the main object?
If I could I would post examples but not sure you can with comments?
No extended exposure.
Instructions.
UGLY
Body design & button placement.
Panasonic website/sites, although they do respond quickly.

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laago
By laago (Sep 11, 2012)

I received the camera OK but there is no manual.
I went to Panasonic.eu, downloaded the manual, printed it.............over 200 pages only to find the downloaded FZ62 manual had different functions to the actual camera received. So I went back to Panasonic, registered it as OTHER because there is not a FZ62 showing then looked for another manual. I found a manual with the FZ62 I had but it also has the FZ200 which means spending ages separating the pages because they are not separate but mixed together.
I decided to complain to Panasonic............on the form for contacting Panasonic Customer Services.eu they only have USA States so I had to choose WYOMING to get it sent!
The manual problem is scandelous, BE WARNED IN ADVANCE you only receive a very basic paper instruction leaflet included with the camera.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Aug 11, 2012)

thank you fuji.. i will buy fuji despite some flaws.

1. This fz-60 is an ultra zoom camera; not a bridge camera as dpreview.com writes. a bridge camera should be in the lines of fz-20/30/50 or finepix f100fs/ HS30EXR. neither this fz-60 can be qualified as sucessor of fz-50.

2. when there is no focus ring, there is just 30% chance of manual focussing correctly especially if you use macro lenses. the bird in tree will probably fly away by the time you correctly focus across the disturbing sticks. when mentioning 'manual focus - yes', it must be pointed out that, it is not actually ring but a crippled dial which you will slowly get used to never using.so this is not bridge camera. this is ultrazoom.

3. when dpreview.com reviews any of these bridge cameras, they should compare tele-zoom sharpness too, just like they dont stop with iso-100 there should be 25mm,100mm and 600mm. ideal would be some applet like the one in lens review comparison.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Sephirotic
By Sephirotic (Jul 23, 2012)

Omg 16mpx? Im disapointed. FZ40 was a total fiasco in IQ thanks to the increase from the previous FZ35, from 12 to 14mpx. I can´t see this having better IQ than the FZ47.

C'mon panasonic, you're better than sony. Now if i want a superzoon i will have to spend more on the FZ200.

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Mike 7
By Mike 7 (Aug 6, 2012)

Sephirotic, I have the FZ47/FZ48 & have the same concerns as you about the jump from 12 to 16mpx. The new FZ60/FZ62 has some really useful new features but I'll wait for the reviews on IQ before I make any decisions to upgrade.

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J Patagonia
By J Patagonia (Jul 20, 2012)

I was so excited when I saw the headline! FZ60 at last! The successor of the legendary FZ50, with manual zoom and larger sensor! But I couldn't have been more mistaken.
Does this mean they are never going to make such a camera?

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Simelane21
By Simelane21 (Jul 18, 2012)

Oh my word... owners of the FZ50 celebrate and rejoice! Panasonic has heard your prayers, and they have finally been answered... well... kind off... maybe... somewhat... <sigh>

Okay, so it is not the spiritual successor to the beloved FZ50 that the model number suggests... Its not a bad enthusiast camera... just not nearly as good as anything that the the FZ50-60 would have become if it had evolved over 6 years of development.

I guess that Panasonic feels that many of the enthusiats of the FZ50 era have long moved on to a GH2 or G3 type micro four thirds camera; that they can simply forget the pedigree of the FZ10/20/30/50 lineage (the abomination that is the FZ40 doesn't count).

The FZ50 reprsents a bridge camera era when Panasonic and Fujifilm used to offer stunning enthusiast bridge cameras (does the bridge camera category even still exist, or has it been replaced by the large sensor mirrorless camera category).

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dlevitt
By dlevitt (Jul 18, 2012)

I was hoping that this would feature the manual zoom lens of the older FZ-30 and FZ-50 instead of a power zoom.

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eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Jul 18, 2012)

It's the FZ48 successor, so no raw and especially no manual zoom - the FZ200 doesn't boast one either. 17.5 MP (eff. 16.1 MP) do spell trouble as well.

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OrSo
By OrSo (Jul 19, 2012)

This fz60 is definitely not the evolution of the legendary FZ50. The fz60 is one between many cameras.

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samualson
By samualson (Aug 3, 2012)

Many people thought this would get the FZ 150s sensor but a 16+ MP without increasing the size clearly shows Pani's who care's if it's good attitude.If you only care about the higher end don't insult us with this junk and i'm a big Pani fan.

Thumbs down

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Mike 7
By Mike 7 (Aug 31, 2012)

I already have the FZ47/48 which has performed well & was concerned about the FZ60/62 increasing the pixel count to 16Mp with the new CMOS processor on such a small sensor. I have bought the FZ60/62 & the results are excellent. Accurate colour reproduction & excellent IQ. Many more features than the FZ47/48: HDR, Defocus, Single Point Colour, Creative Retouch (Auto or Manual), 2 assignable function buttons, etc, etc, etc. Only one thing I am not pleased about is Panasonic have left out the lens hood which was supplied as standard with the FZ47/48, cutting costs I guess. Other than that fact the camera is really excellent. I previously used DSLRs but grew tired of lugging around a twin lens kit. For all those casting doubts on this new camera, you are so wrong!

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samualson
By samualson (Sep 1, 2012)

Mike7, if you already had a FZ47/48 and was happy why the FZ 60? The FZ47/48 already had way to many options that was one of it's downfalls. Maybe your one of those that buys a new one every year i don't know.

Unfortunately Pani's second tier camera's never get any talk on this forum or any other forum for that matter anyway. Sad but true. Glad you like it.

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Mike 7
By Mike 7 (Sep 25, 2012)

Samualson, I didn't find the FZ47/48 had too many options, I used the options I needed & left the ones I didn't. As for it's 'downfall, check the sales figures, it was a huge success for Panasonic. Nope, I don't buy a new camera every year, I wish I could afford to do that but as I'm recently retired funds are limited! The reason I bought the FZ60/62 was the extra (useful) features it has, some of which I have listed but not all & the progressive image quality. I'm delighted with the FZ62, it fulfills all my needs & then some. Thanks for the comments, it's always good to hear anothers viewpoint.

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