I received a LUMIX DMC-ZS60 a few weeks ago to try out, Panasonic’s new point-and-shoot for the consumer market. I’ve had a love affair with cameras since the first one fell into my hands 30 years ago so I can’t wait to try it out.
Described as a semi-professional photographer, I can shoot anything and I have over the years; portraits, products, concerts, landscapes and lots of candids with kids. The secret to a good photograph is knowing how to shoot a good photo, not the expensive equipment.
Since everyone has a camera on their phone these days and every photographer I know uses their phone as a backup. Why get a LUMIX DMC-ZS60?
I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t used a point-and-shoot in 20 years. I don’t use them because I need to make adjusts on the camera and they don’t support that function. That’s until I got the LUMIX DMC-ZS60.
Since I’m new to LUMIX DMC-ZS60, I start with the manual, which I suggest with any new camera. It’s packed with diagrams and explains all its functions.
Then I start to play with the LUMIX DMC-ZS60. I find some things I love and some things that could be better.
Hits of the Lumix DMC-ZS60
- The size. Fits in a pocket or small purse.
- The functionality of a DSLR, like the manual adjustment of aperture, shutter-speed, zoom and focus.
- A 30x Zoom with a manual ring that can be used with your shooting finger.
- Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer to combat hand-held image blur.
- Level shot function because crooked images are annoying. This is one of my favorite features.
- Wi Fi feature for sharing across your social channels.
- Touch screen supports several gestures, like touch, drag, pinch and spread.
- 4K Ultra HD video recording and on-camera cropping.
- Post-focus to record bursts of photos.
Missesof the Lumix DMC-ZS60
- Tiny buttons are hard to see.
- The LCD screen is smaller than an iPhone.
- The touch screen is great until you touch it by accident.
- To use the advanced features, you need to understand photography and read the manual.
- Lacks clear and intuitive icons.
- A cluttered display screen.
- The manual functions are hard to adjust in the middle of a shot.
After a few weeks, how does the LUMIX DMC-ZS60fit into my workflow? I use it when I need a good shot and I can’t pack my bigger and heavier DSLR. I use it when the light is low or when I need to zoom in on my subject, replacing my smart phone.
I’m taking more and longer videos. I can’t fill up my phone with lots of videos and my DSLR doesn’t shoot them. So the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 is a great option and very easy-to-use.
The easy-to-use point-and-shoot setting is great for novices. I can hand theLUMIX DMC-ZS60 to my kids so they capture their moments. I can use the images since the 18 megapixel sensor produces high-resolution images.
I love the size of the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 especially for all its functionality. It’s a great addition to my camera family and I didn’t know I needed it until I found myself using it more and more.
If you are in the market for a new camera and need more than a smart phone, check out the LUMIX DMC-ZS60. I love the size and the video recording in 4K. For my readers I have a special offer–a FREE travel kit with an extra battery and battery charger, $100 value. Use bit.ly/tmomzs60to get to Panasonic’s Lumix Lounge for more information and a dealer near you.
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