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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $272.95 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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Size Significantly smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 120x81x92 mm
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5.2x smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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 1 f-stop better
Weight Significantly lighter 198 g vs 493 g
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2.5x lighter
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $490 - $515

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $194 - $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $365 - $598

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $704

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Super zoom

              $433

              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $324 - $347

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $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 ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $220

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $405 - $448

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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