|Introduction | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70: Slightly below average score | Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX 50 HS vs Panasonic FZ200: Equal performance | Conclusion|
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.