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Product Review: Lumix DMC-ZS60

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZS60 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot with DSLR power. Lumix review,
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZS60 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot with DSLR power.

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.

The zoom is an easy-to-use top mounted button on the LUMIX DMC-ZS60. Camera review, Panasonic,
I used the zoom to capture this bird. The zoom is an easy-to-use top-mounted button on the LUMIX DMC-ZS60.

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.

I love the color that the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 captures. Camera review, Panasonic,
I love the color that the LUMIX DMC-ZS60 captures. The colors are vibrant without the use of filters.

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.
I don't have a lot to hold onto with the LUMIX DMC-ZS60's pocket-sized convenience. Camera review Panasonic,
The LUMIX DMC-ZS60’s pocket-sized convenience.

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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