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156 of 159 people found this helpful
on October 5, 2012
I have had my DMC-FZ60 for about three weeks now. I am a Panasonic user, and have bought many of their pocket cameras for the family. I also own a Cannon T50 SLR with three lens, some Sony's and others. I previously owned the Panasonic FZ8, prior to getting the FZ60, which is a major upgrade in my kit. The FZ8 has taken thousands of great pictures, and is now in the hands of my college nephew, being put to good use in the field.
I have taken several sets of picture themes, Sports (football, motorcycle racing), indoor, video outdoors, scenery and sun sets. Of the 300 plus pictures taken only four were blow due to poor focus or exposure. I believe one was my fault, being to quick with a pan shot.
The football shots were shot in good light during the day. Exploiting the massive reach of 600 mm lens to the wide angle of the 25 mm lens created some stunning shots. I captured burst shots from 70 yards with great clarity, also capturing a panorama of the entire field from the bleachers at mid field that was stunning and perfectly stitched together. The 16 MP MOS sensor is a huge improvement over the 7mp I had before. Only issue noted was the limited number of shots in burst mode.
Motorcycles, at 120 MPH captured in video and stills both panning, and burst mode. From the timing stand, taking video the auto wind cut filter removed all the ambient wind noise, leaving the throaty rasp of the Suzuki's and Ducati's. Manual panning was good, and I think will improve as I get more comfortable with the camera. I find the dedicated video button a welcome addition. Only once did I hit the focus button as opposed to the video button, again muscle memory will take care of this.
Indoor, what can I say, no red eye when using the program mode, or any other. iA is also nice and in certain situations handy when people are moving about between different light sources. Flash is very effective, much more range than my old FZ8
Outdoor scenery looks like it will be fun. With the creative mode you can easily flip to different effects.
Long tele shots are superb, the only drawback here is the the slow auto focus at these insane distances. Manual will come in handy here.
I find using the menus OK, I have used them for years and they seem natural to me. AE/AF/Lock is the only button I have not come close to mastering yet.
I considered the FZ-200 but with the difference in price it was hard to justify for my amateur needs. I have not missed RAW for my portrait pictures, the JPEG images from the FZ60 are excellent. I usually only adjusted lighting/contrast and sharpness anyway, and the FZ60 is doing a fine job with white balance set to auto.
I am very please with this camera and have recommend it to several friends.