• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic ZS60 advantages over Panasonic GX9

  • Less expensive
    $250* vs $798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Panasonic GX9 advantages over Panasonic ZS60

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.34 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    12 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 60 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    32 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality; Good high ISO performance for its class; Improved JPEG processing; Fast autofocus; Fast ~9fps burst mode.

  • Smallish field-sequential EVF; Below average battery life; No mic/headphone jacks; Noticeable crop on 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Panasonic ZS60
Canon SX710 HS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
Panasonic GX9
Canon SX710 HS
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon SX720 HS

Panasonic ZS60
Canon SX720 HS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic GX9
Canon SX720 HS
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon A900

Panasonic ZS60
Nikon A900
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Panasonic GX9
Nikon A900
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Panasonic ZS60
Panasonic GX85
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GX9
Panasonic GX85
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Panasonic ZS60
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GX9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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