Panasonic has updated its compact travel zoom lineup with the Lumix DMC-ZS60, which is known as the TZ80 outside of North America. While it shares the design and lens of its predecessor, the ZS50, there's a new 18MP MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor under the hood.

The lens on the DMC-ZS60 is equivalent to a 24-720mm, with a maximum aperture range of F3.3-6.4. Like before, it uses Panasonic's Power OIS image stabilization system and, if you're shooting Full HD video, a 5-axis hybrid IS system is available. The ZS60 gains the Depth from Defocus tech found on several other Panasonic cameras, which promises much faster focus speeds than the ZS50. The ZS60 can shoot continuously at 10 fps with single AF or 5 fps with continuous AF.

Photos can be composed on a 3" LCD display (now touch-enabled) or a small but still usable 1.2M-dot equiv. electronic viewfinder. The camera has four customizable buttons as well as a control ring around the lens to which you can assign nearly any function. While the ZS60 still has Wi-Fi, Panasonic has dropped NFC support for its latest model.

The ZS60's big new feature is support for 4K/UHD video, which is captured at 30p using the MP4 codec (25p for the TZ80). 4K support allows for Panasonic's 4K Photo feature, which allows users to easily extract high quality 8MP stills from videos, as well as a unique '4K live cropping' mode which lets you pan or zoom in on a selected area of a 4K video, with the results saved as a 1080p clip. Finally there's post focus, which uses video capture to allow users to later adjust the focus point of a photo.

The DMC-ZS60 (TZ80) will be available in mid-March, in your choice of silver or black, at a suggested price of $449.


Press release:

The new LUMIX DMC-ZS60 – A new perspective for travel photography

Las Vegas, NV (January 5, 2016) –Panasonic has today unveiled a new addition to its travel zoom range, the LUMIX DMC-ZS60. The camera’s small and sturdy build means it fits easily into a pocket, and at less than 11 ounces it won’t weigh you down on your next adventure.

The new ZS model manages to pack outstanding performance and a host of practical features into its lightweight chassis. An 18M sensor is ideal for taking high quality photos in all conditions, and 4K capability means that your favorite travel memories can be recorded in stunning detail. What’s more, the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 also features a 30x Zoom LEICA lens, so you’ll never be out of range for that perfect holiday shot.

Color, clarity and powerful zoom

The camera incorporates an 18M high sensitivity MOS sensor, allowing you to capture even the finest details of your travels. Whether taking pictures on a sunny beach or during a candlelit dinner for two, the LUMIX DMC-ZS60’s exceptional low light performance ensures crisp, clear and natural results with minimal noise. The sensor complements a powerful Venus engine to reproduce breathtaking color that remains accurate to the composition you saw through the lens.

The LUMIX DMC-ZS60’s outstanding optical capability is underpinned by a high-end LEICA lens with 30x Zoom (24-720mm), for performance that far outweighs its compact body. The camera allows you to get closer to the action, without disturbing the subject – perfect for pictures and videos of wildlife, or more natural shots of friends and family.

Capture those perfect moments in stunning 4KUHD

The LUMIX DMC-ZS60’s 4K video capability enables you to record and relive all those special moments in the very highest quality. With four times the resolution of Full HD, videos reproduce the breathtaking color and detail of every scene, an experience second only to being there in person. The camera offers smooth, high quality video recording in 4K 3840x2160 at 30 fps in MP4, as well as high-resolution Full HD 1920x1080 60p videos in MP4.

Panasonic has also utilized 4K to help take photo accuracy to a new level. For the first time in a travel camera, Panasonic’s 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still from 4K video (30fps) with amazing precision. The feature provides the perfect solution for capturing those fleeting moments, whether it’s timing the kids jumping into a pool or a dolphin breaching the waves. 

Another new addition to the LUMIX ZS range is the Post-Focus feature, which allows you to select the focal point of your picture, even after it’s taken.  The LUMIX DMC-ZS60’s outstanding autofocus capability calculates the distance between the camera and the subject, capturing the optimal focus for 49 individual areas within each frame. Once the photo is taken, you simply select the precise area you want to focus on – for example your family in the foreground, or the stunning scenery behind them. What’s more, with the option to export multiple photos from a single shot, you’ll never have to choose between the two.

Hone your camera skills

If you’re looking to develop your photographic skills, the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 provides extensive and easy-to-use manual settings. A dedicated Control Ring gives smooth control of settings such as zoom, aperture and shutter speed, allowing you to concentrate on lining up the prefect shot. Similarly, a 3.0-inch 1040k-dot touch screen makes navigating menus and selecting your preferred setting incredibly quick and easy, even in bright sunlight. 

Share your memories

Once you’ve selected your favorite holiday snaps on the LUMIX DMC-ZS60, you can share them with friends and family with the press of a button. Simply connect to a smartphone or tablet to share your pictures on social media, attach them to an email or view remotely on a bigger screen.

Additional features

  • 0.2-inch 1,166k-dot Electronic View Finder
  • 1/2.3” High Sensitivity MOS
  • 5 AXIS HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization
  • Contrast Auto Focus with DFD Technology
  • 10fps burst photo mode (full resolution – 5fps with AF)
  • Face / eye tracking AF
  • Full wireless control and photography via the Panasonic Image App

The DMC-ZS60 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners mid-March in both silver and black for $449.99.

Panasonic Lumix ZS60 specifications

Price
MSRP$449 / £359
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3672
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80-3200 (expands to 6400)
Boosted ISO (maximum)6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (2 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notes5-axis hybrid OIS (video only)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • RAW (RW2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–720 mm
Optical zoom30×
Maximum apertureF3.3
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X-4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.46×
Viewfinder resolution1,166,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive40.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (microHDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)282 g (0.62 lb / 9.95 oz)
Dimensions112 x 64 x 38 mm (4.41 x 2.52 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone