Hands-on review: CES2014: Panasonic TZ60/ZS40
Panasonic’s TZ collection of compact cameras is a extensively revered option for visitors and the brand new TZ60/ZS40 sits on the top quality.
The corporate has made some vital adjustments for the newest improve, including an digital viewfinder, extending the zoom vary to 30x, rising AF velocity, bettering picture stabilisation, including a keep an eye on ring across the lens and enabling uncooked information to be recorded.
Alternatively, to maintain prices down, it has eliminated the touchscreen.
Just like the TZ40, the TZ60 has an 18-million-pixel sensor, however we’re advised it is a brand new device for more advantageous picture high quality.
For a lot of, essentially the most vital addition to the TZ60’s function set would be the digital viewfinder. This zero.2-inch, 200,000-dot device is largely the identical because the unit within the Panasonic LF1, however it has two lenses somewhat than one to cut back chromatic aberration and normally make stronger picture high quality.
Any other key trade because the TZ40 (which nonetheless continues within the vary for some time) is the extension of the zoom vary from 20x to 30x. Because of this the TZ60’s lens has a focal size vary identical to a 24-720mm lens on a full-body camera. This must make it much more versatile, in a position to shoot inside of cramped interiors and document far away important points.
In line with Panasonic, picture high quality from the TZ60 on the longest level of the lens is as just right as, or higher than, that from the TZ40 at its longest level (480mm an identical). This has been carried out via making improvements to the optics within the lens, which now has 12 components in 9 teams. These function automatically as six teams.
Panasonic has additionally stronger the TZ60’s 5-axis Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS) gadget by using the usage of balls quite than rods to maneuver the OIS part. This makes the adjustment smoother. As a result, OIS efficiency is boosted by way of zero.5EV, permitting photography to be taken handheld at as much as 3EV slower shutter speeds than standard.
There is additionally a brand new Degree Shot perform that mechanically corrects sloping horizons. That is believed to appropriate by way of as a lot as round forty levels, however we’re expecting affirmation.
As ahead of, the TZ60 has Wi-Fi connectivity in-built to permit wi-fi switch of photography and far off keep an eye on of the camera by means of Panasonic’s free app.
Each NFC and QR code technology are current to hurry connection to a tablet or phone. The NFC gadget has been enhanced to make it sooner and provides larger vary.
Autofocus velocity has additionally been more suitable, with the readout velocity from the sensor doubling from 120fps to 240fps. As well as, handbook center of attention is to be had on the TZ60 and for the primary time center of attention peaking has been presented in a compact camera. As in Panasonic G-collection cameras, this highlights areas of strongest distinction (regularly the sharpest areas) within the EVF or LCD to provide help to focal point manually. It is even imaginable to look focusing peaking on the monitor of a sensiblephone or tablet when the usage of Panasonic’s faraway keep an eye on app.
Just like the TZ40, the TZ60 has GPS and GLONASS technology for higher vicinity recording.
Whereas many cameras have grid shows to assist composition, Panasonic has long past a step additional for the TZ60 with the addition of curved and diagonal publications.
Panasonic’s Ingenious Controls are existing (15 in complete) and they may be able to be used for stills and video or utilized submit-seize the use of the Retouch function. It is also that you can think of to make use of 14 of the consequences in Ingenious Panoramic mode.
In line with Panasonic, all of the modifications to the TZ60 were applied with out decreasing battery existence. That is most probably helped by way of the removing of the touchscreen. By the way, the camera is charged by way of a USB connection.
Construct and dealing with
Despite the fact that it is no longer dramatically greater than the TZ40, the TZ60 appears and feels just a bit extra critical and better high quality. It seems to be excellent in each editions – black or black and gun-steel.
The brand new camera additionally feels just right within the fingers – higher than the TZ40. The slim strip or rubber on the entrance and the small thumbpad on the rear make it extra at ease to carry, so it feels balanced in use. As sooner than, the entire controls are inside simple attain.
Regardless of the massive raise within the zoom vary of the lens the TZ60 is ready the identical dimension because the TZ40, for the reason that stabilisation part within the lens strikes out of how to enable the barrel to fall down into the camera physique. As a result, the camera continues to be pocketable.
The ring across the lens feels smartly made and has simply the fitting degree of stress. An possibility within the menu permits audible clicks to be made to comments when choices are chosen.
Urgent the Q. Menu button finds the choices to be had for choice by means of the ring (aperture, sensitivity, results, side ratio, and white stability via default, however they’re customisable). These are navigated by means of the left and proper navigation keys. As soon as the specified one is chosen the ring is used to decide on the fitting choice.
We’ve got handiest used a pre-manufacturing pattern of the TZ60 to this point, however it looks as if an excellent machine. The ring gives a snappy and simple approach of adjusting settings whether or not the camera is held to the attention or the LCD monitor is getting used.
Although small, the digital viewfinder gives a transparent view and it’ll be a tremendous bonus for a lot of photographers – particularly these taking pictures in shiny prerequisites when the LCD picture may also be onerous to peer. A viewfinder is especially helpful when the usage of a lens at it longest level as a result of it is a lot more straightforward to carry it regular and to seek out your goal with the camera held to the attention.
Panasonic’s TZ collection has impressed us up to now and we’re hopeful that the corporate has been ready to care for picture high quality within the newest providing.
As but we’ve handiest used a pre-manufacturing pattern, however the automated focusing appeared quick and correct, even within the low-gentle stipulations we have been ready to make use of the camera in.
We don’t have any cause to doubt that the TZ60 will produce photography which are each bit as smartly uncovered because the TZ40 with the identical bright colors. Naturally we can inspect this absolutely once we get a review pattern in for checking out.
Whereas it can be just a little disappointing that Panasonic has achieved away with the touchscreen, the addition of the lens ring, uncooked file recording and the digital viewfinder (EVF) make the TZ60 appear a way more severe camera than the TZ40. The EVF must make the camera more uncomplicated and extra nice to make use of in a variety of eventualities, whereas the lens ring deals a snappy and straightforward means of keep watch over.
The TZ vary has been common, particularly with guests, however the addition of uncooked file recording must provide it better draw to fanatic photographers on the lookout for a ‘elevate-in all places’ camera. It provides them a lot better keep an eye on over their pictures and the flexibility to customize noise discount if required.
On the face of it, the TZ60 seems like the camera that a whole lot of current TZ house owners will wish to improve to. We’re taking a look ahead to checking out a full-manufacturing pattern within the close to future.