Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 review: Ultimate everyday point and shoot?

By Kevin Carter - Monday December 23 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70: Slightly below average score | Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX 50 HS vs Panasonic FZ200: Equal performance | Conclusion
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 review: Ultimate everyday point and shoot?

Intended for travel photography or everyday use, the 16-Mpix Panasonic DMC-FZ70 features a optical stabilized lens with an astonishing 60x zoom range. Read on to find out how this compact ‘super-zoom’ model performs.

Compact ‘super-zoom’ cameras have been offered with optical zooms featuring greater range year-after-year. This new stabilized model from Panasonic, the Lumix DMC-FZ70 has a massive 60x zoom range, the equivalent of a 20mm wide-angle to 1200mm super-telephoto. Physically small sensors from compact cameras are used to keep the models relatively compact, and in this case the FZ70 has a 1/2.3-inch type BSI MOS type with ISO100-3200 (with expansion to ISO 6400) sensitivity and new processor for a 3-shot 9 fps burst.

Although the rear 3-inch 460k-dot LCD is fixed and that and the built-in 202k dot electronic viewfinder have a relatively low resolutions, the FZ70 has a promising video capability; recording 1080i AVCHD video at 60 fps and 1080p at 30fps in MP4. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 measures 5.1 x 3.8 x 4.7" / 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2mm and weighs 1.33 lb / 606 g with battery and memory card, and is available now at $349.

Key specifications:

  • 16.1-Mpix 1/2.3inch type BSI MOS Sensor
  • Lumix DC Vario 20-1200mm equiv 60x optical zoom lens
  • POWER O.I.S. with active mode
  • 3.0-inch 460k-dot LCD panel
  • 0.20-inch 202k-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i AVCHD video at 60 fps
  • Built-In zoom microphone

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70: Slightly below average score

Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX 50 HS vs Panasonic FZ200: Equal performance

Conclusion