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Wanna know something somewhat shocking? For several years I have been filming all of my YouTube videos and taking all of my images for my blog using my trusty old smartphone. That’s it – just me and my phone traveling the world. There were many reasons I first decided to switch to only using my phone camera and not a separate one – but over the years and even through several upgrades I still found myself considering other options.
Recently I was given the opportunity to test drive the new Panasonic ZS60 LUMIX camera and to tell the truth I wasn’t sure if it would be the one to make me want to switch away from my phone camera or not. My phone camera has worked pretty well for me over the years and I loved that it truly was a point and shoot set up that didn’t over complicate things. However after seeing how this new Panasonic ZS60 camera could improve my images without adding any complicated knowledge, I decided to give up using my phone as my go-to camera for good.
I’m Moving On to the Panasonic ZS60 LUMIX
The Panasonic ZS60 definitely took me by surprise because it could do all of the things my smart phone did – but for me it could do it better and with more options (but still not over complicate things). The photo settings could go from very basic to more professional depending on what skill set the photographer was at. Since I would consider myself a very novice photographer – I liked to use the preset settings to capture my best images. For example, if I wanted to photograph a landscape, I simply turned the camera setting dial on the top of the camera to the image that looked like an painting tray – then I could choose the setting for landscape (or a different image setting) on the touchscreen. Next, with just a little bit of coaching I was also able to switch out of the preset modes and use the awesome 4K features on the phone like the Post Focus or Burst mode. Both of these options gave me the ability to slightly edit the photos AFTER the photo was taken because it uses 4K video to shoot 5 frames per second! This setting has helped me a ton with capturing my wiggly kids at just the right moment.
Along with being able to capture photos, the Panasonic ZS60 also allows me to film video for my YouTube channel. As the photographer, I am given the choice to film in either standard or 4K mode. After filming or capturing my photos, all of the footage is easily uploaded to either my smart phone for posting on social media or can be uploaded directly to my computer for editing. All of this is done by either removing the memory card and placing it in my computer or by wireless data transfer.
Connecting the Panasonic ZS60 to Your Smart Phone
For me this was one of the best selling points of the Panasonic ZS60 – the ability to easily transfer images from the camera to your smart phone for immediate social media posting. How this works: Once you get your new camera you will be prompted to download the Panasonic app. This app will allow your phone to connect with your camera via an individual WiFi setting. Once the camera and phone are connected, simply open the app, choose the photos to transfer and voila! The images will be easily transferred from your camera to your smart phone wirelessly.
Images Captured at Walt Disney World Using the Panasonic ZS60
After receiving my new camera, I took it out into the parks of Walt Disney World to give it a good try. These were some of the images I was able to capture on my first day of use.
For this butterfly image I used the “P” setting and then chose to capture in 4k Post Focus. This setting allowed me to capture something up close and then adjust the focus after the images was taken.
A photo of the topiary turned out exactly how I wanted it to using only the standard photo setting.
Capturing a vivid photo from pretty far away wasn’t difficult at all because of the 30x optical zoom. Notice the detail in the globe at Epcot!
Even though I have been using my smart phone for capturing my travels for many years – I think it is about time I made a change. Are you looking for a new camera to use on your travels or to photograph your family? Read more about what other writers thought of the new Panasonic ZS60 here or by following the #TMOMZS60.