Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 Price: Rs. 31,020 (street)
THE LOW-DOWN: This 18mp superzoom (24 720mm film equivalent) has won the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) award for best ”travel camera”. Along with the usual LCD, it has a tiny, useful eye-level electronic viewfinder. Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC are built in and the camera can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or pad with Panasonic’s excellent app. Hybrid image stabilisation is said to offer the best vibration compensation for both stills and videos. Images can be captured in RAW and the converter is included in the bundle. Battery charging is in- camera.
LIKE: The 720mm focal length extension is absurd, but photos taken at that extreme are generally sharp with decent colour and exposure, proving that the image stabilisation does indeed work. The little electronic viewfinder is a boon in bright sunlight. RAW capture is appreciated for the extra control it gives over noise reduction. Manual focus is exceptionally good for a compact with both viewer enlargement and focus peaking (showing in-focus points as bright white spots).
DISLIKE: Fewer pixels would be nice – noise is obvious at
VERDICT: This little camera performs well. If your photographic ambitions don’t go beyond web sharing or postcard prints, the image noise won’t be an issue. We subjected the TZ60 to the Zoo Test and liked the results. Given that no one can possibly hold a camera steady at 720mm focal length, we have to applaud the effectiveness of the five- axis image stabilisation – it is brilliant. As is the Leica-branded lens. Would we buy one? We would look carefully at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1; better lens, fewer pixels and fewer dollars. Either way you can use Panasonic’s wonderful smartphone app – the best in the business.