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 resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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 cm vs 3 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
105x59x28 mm vs 120x81x92 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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The ZS30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.6"
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3.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 493 g
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2.5x lighter
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$349.99 vs $407.49
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly 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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              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$407.49
              ZS30$349.99
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $960

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $267

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $298

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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 ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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