Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60


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Price as Reviewed:

£349.00

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...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review – Metering

Multi, centreweighted and spot metering are all featured on the TZ60. Usually I have a preference for spot metering, but I found that the multi option achieved consistent, accurate results even in challenging lighting conditions. In general, the metering prioritises midtones and, thanks to a good dynamic range, most scenes appear very well exposed. Pressing the ‘up’ button on the control wheel brings up the exposure-compensation control, which allows adjustments of ±2EV in 1⁄3-stop increments. However, the accuracy of the multi-metering meant I rarely needed to adjust it. Centreweighted and spot metering are also accurate.

Spot metering brings up a small crosshair that can be positioned across the scene. It is also linked by default to the single-point AF and will move as the AF point is repositioned. However, the lack of a touchscreen means that using single-point AF and spot metering together can be quite difficult unless the function button is assigned to focus area set

  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 presets, two custom
  • Output Size: 4896 x 3672 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, approx 920,000-dot TFT LCD
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in (6.17 x 4.55mm) CMOS sensor with 18.1 million effective pixels
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, 18 scene modes, 15 filters in creative control and panorama
  • Weight: Approx 240g (with battery and memory card)
  • Power: Li-Ion battery pack 1250mAh with 300-shot life
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 24-720mm (equivalent) f/3.3-6.4
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, 5fps with continuous AF, 10fps in single AF, 40fps or 60fps at 5MP and 2.5MP respectively, self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 4-1/2000sec, 15secs or 30secs in starry sky mode
  • File Format: Still: JPEG, raw. Video: MPEG, AVCHD
  • RRP: £349.99
  • ISO: Auto, ISO 100-3200 extendable to ISO 6400
  • Metering System: TTL intelligent multiple, centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 110.6 x 64.3 x 34.4mm

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