An 18.1-million-pixel sensor and massive 30x optical zoom range, plus Wi-Fi, GPS and raw image capture, suggest that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 could be one of the best travel compact cameras produced. But can it live up to our expectations? Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review – Dynamic range

At low ISO sensitivities, the dynamic range of the TZ60 is very impressive. At ISO 100, the TZ60 was able to capture a total of 12.3EV of light, which is a very high score, although it drops to just 7.4EV at ISO 1600. For high-contrast landscapes, the TZ60’s range is noticeably better than in many cameras with a similar sensor. Also, a good amount of detail is kept in shadows and highlights, which can be brought out in post-processing. However, as the metering prioritises midtones, it can cause a loss of highlight detail, particularly in skies. The dynamic range can therefore be maximised by setting -0.6EV compensation and lightening the shadows in post-production.

Included among the scene modes is an HDR (high dynamic range) option that takes three pictures of varying exposures and stitches them together in-camera.

Image: The TZ60 has a great dynamic range, especially at the lower ISO sensitivity settings

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Metering
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review - Our verdict
  10. 10. Hands-on review
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  • Donald MacLeod

    May I suggest that in giving the specification of a camera you list what is not there as well as what is? In particular I am thinking of the presence or otherwise of a hot shoe and swivelling LCD screen.