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Panasonic TZ60/ZS40 review

Panasonic's flagship travel compact gets a 30x optical zoom and EVF

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Panasonic TZ60 with the Panasonic TZ40, Sony HX60v, Olympus Stylus SH-50and Canon PowerShot S120

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic TZ 60 JPG Signal to noise ratio

These results show that the Panasonic TZ60 JPEG files have a strong signal to noise ratio indicating that its images are fairly clean at the low to mid sensitivity settings. It improves on the performance of theTZ40 and compares well against the Olympus Stylus SH-50 and Canon S120, although the Canon S120 beats the competition for much of its upper sensitivity range.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic TZ 60 raw Signal to noise ratio

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Panasonic TZ60 beat the Canon PowerShot S120. These results show that while noise is apparent above ISO 800 it is well controlled.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic TZ 60 JPG dynamic range

JPEG results for dynamic range compare well against the Canon PowerShot S120, Panasonic TZ40 andOlympus Stylus SH-50, although the Canon S120 beats the competition by around 0.5EV at some of the higher sensitivity settings. The graph shows that while results are close at ISO 400 and 1600, the TZ-60 beat the TZ-40 at all other sensitivities.

Panasonic TZ 60 TIFF dynamic range

Across the complete sensitivity range the Panasonic TZ60 beats the Canon PowerShot S120, with the gap between the two extending dramatically above ISO 800.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, Near Field Communication (NFC), Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)214 g
Flash Memory Capacity12 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height64.3 mm
Width110.5 mm
Depth34.3 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.30 mm to 129 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ60
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ60 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ60EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing InformationFully Manual Operation with 30x LEICA Zoom

The LUMIX DMC-TZ60 boasts a 30x optical zoom, EVF and Wi-Fi® with NFC in an ultra slim body. Save your memories in remarkable quality with the 18.1-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ60 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker