Disclosure: I received a Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 camera and equipment to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes the camera so amazing. All opinions are my own!
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 camera is the latest in the Panasonic line of easy to use, easy to work cameras. What does that mean exactly? Well for my family it means this: I can use all of its functions without getting frustrated, my teen daughter loves the filters and functions the camera offers, and my husband, the camera aficionado, is thoroughly impressed with its abilities- and we all loved the built-in wifi capabilities that allows us to download our photos into our smartphones without putting them into our computer first. I can also put in in my pocket- it’s that small and light.
Putting the Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 to the Test
Let me start out by saying that I have not edited the photos in this post in any way. All editing was done via the Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 itself and using the filters the camera provides. Yes, it’s that easy to use and photograph with. Let me also state that I’m a point-and-shoot kind of gal and this camera is right up my alley as well. The ease of use, gorgeous photos, and ability to edit photos by simply using the camera is perfect for my busy days and travel needs. The camera is light and compact and will work perfectly on the days that I don’t want to drag around a full-size camera with a long, heavy lens attached.
Here’s another amazing feature: the camera’s back screen is touch sensitive. Think smartphone touchscreen sensitive. Want to focus on a particular area? Touch that area of the screen. Need to enhance an area? Touch the screen. So easy and simple. The camera has a view finder- perfect for folks that aren’t fond of shooting with a screen in big light. If you do choose to use it, the screen will automatically turn off. Nice.
The camera offers an 18.1 megapixel sensor- super nice for photos you’d like to enlarge. It also has a 30x LEICA DC Lens Zoom (trust me, LEICA lenses are superior) that ranges from 24mm-720mm as well.
The photo above is using the “VIVID” setting on a gorgeous, bright sunny Florida day. Ok, Epcot During the International Flower and Garden Festival is stunning, but the VIVID setting makes all of those gorgeous flowers pop even more. There are several other fun settings and filters that I’ll chat about a bit later. All I had to do was adjust the light level a bit by turning the lens ring (similar to adjusting the focus on a long lens) until I had the perfect amount of light, press the shutter button halfway to focus, and then press it all the way to snap a photo.
I also had the opportunity to take a few shots at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista (in the Disney Springs area. Gorgeous, affordable, and the closest hotel to Disney Springs on the block!). The camera did a really nice job of taking pool photos, drink photos (hey, there was a bar at the pool. Killing two birds, ya know?), and even low-light room photos. While I’m talking about shooting pretty views, there were also a couple of the new Ford SUVs to check out and, man, do they make for pretty photos- and I even put the truck space to the test by climbing in one. Want the full scoop on how pretty they were? Check out my Instagram feed.
If I was going to mention one thing that I’d like to see differently is the flash placement. When I pick up a camera with my right hand, I have to remember to not block the flash because my hand automatically covers it compliments of its placement.
After a trip through Epcot one day, the next day on our way to Magic Kingdom I handed the camera to my 14-year old daughter and asked her to play around with it. Ok, she is a pretty proficient photographer for her age and has used a pro camera a few times (she loves taking macro pics) and in literally two minutes she had figured out how to use One Point Color. By selecting the palette icon, she selected One Point Color, clicked on it, clicked on the dropper icon, tapped the area of the screen that she wanted to keep the color in, and voila! A gorgeous MagicBand photo. you can also access this feature by moving the dial on the top of the camera to the color palette icon and following the menu.
Making the Most of Lighting
Again at Epcot, or at any spot that’s in full sun, taking a full photo color can be troublesome. The sun washes out the sky and backdrop and can make your photos look, well, meh. Here’s where is the ease of the camera’s control ring comes in. By setting the control ring to “exposure” you can move the ring back and forth until you get the photo you’re looking for. This photo is with the dial turned almost all the way up.
If you don’t want easy usage of the exposure comp feature, you can set the control ring for Zoom as well.
Save with Panasonic and TravelingMom
From April 19-May 3, 2016, head to a store that’s selling the Panasonic LumixZS60 and receive a free travel kit with the purchase of a camera. For the full details, you’ll have to check out the official site, but it’s a good deal so definitely check it out.
In a Nutshell
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 offers these cool features:
- 30x (24-720mm) LEICA DC Lens optical zoom performance is ideally suited for travel and everyday photography.
- 18 Megapixel sensor delivers high-resolution photos with fewer image artifacts.
- 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus photo capture features.
- Eye-level Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and touch-enabled LCD for a wider viewing experience.
- Lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact point-and-shoot camera body.
- WiFi mobile device connectivity via Panasonic Image App for photo sharing and controlling camera features remotely.