Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS40

Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Winner
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

43

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60.
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ60

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ60's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
450 shots vs 300 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 120×81×92 mm
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5.2x smaller
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.6"
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3.3x thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The ZS30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 493 g
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2.5x lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FZ60$389.00
              ZS30$407.49
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $251

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Super zoom

              $355 - $391

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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