Panasonic has unveiled two new additions to its TZ-series ‘travel zoom’ camera range, the TZ60 and the TZ55, the former of which includes raw file capture.


Panasonic’s new TZ60 and TZ55 cameras. (Source: Panasonic.)

Both of the new models support P/A/S/M shooting modes and include two Custom memories, ‘intelligent’ Auto, scene presets, panorama and Creative Control modes. The scene presets include Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby 1/2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Through Glass, HDR and Starry Sky. Both cameras have single slots for SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and both include built-in Wi-Fi. The table below shows the main similarities and differences between the two models.




Sensor size

6.17 x 4.55 mm

6.08 x 4.56 mm

Effective resolution

18  megapixels

16  megapixels

File formats (stills)

JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3), RAW (RW2), MPO

JPEG (DCF Exif 2.3), MPO

File formats (movie)



Movie resolutions

1920 x 1080 (50p/50i/30p), 1280 x 720 (50p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)

1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)

Lens focal length/ zoom

24″“720  mm, 30x

24″“480  mm, 20x

Digital zoom


AF system

Contrast Detect (sensor) with Multi-area, Centre, Tracking,                       Single, Continuous, Face Detection and Live View modes

AF   points



Manual focus



Image stabilisation

Hybrid Optical Image Stabiliser Plus


Focus range

Normal to 50 cm, macro to 3 cm


Fixed 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dots

Tilting (180 degree) LCD   with 460,000 dots


200,000-dot EVF


Shutter speed

4 to 1/2000 second

ISO range

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (boost to 6400)

Flash range

To 6.4 metres

To 6 metres

Internal storage




802.11 b/g/n with NFC

802.11 b/g/n


Built in with place name database


The new models are scheduled for general release from March 2014.


The new Leica DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens for M4/3 cameras. (Source: Panasonic.)
Panasonic has also made a formal announcement of the availability of the Leica DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-NS043) interchangeable lens for the LUMIX G cameras. Initially announced in August 2013, this lens covers a field of view equivalent to roughly 85mm in 35mm format, making it suitable for portraiture. The fast f/1.2 maximum aperture enables it to be used in dim lighting and provides great scope for selective focusing. A new stepping motor drive ensures smooth and silent   autofocusing, while the POWER O.I.S. stabilisation provides effective compensation for common forms of camera shake. This lens is due for release during the first quarter of 2014 at suggested prices of US$1599, €1499 or £1299.