Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 16.1MP 1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 20-1200mm
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 0.20" 202k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i AVCHD Video at 60 fps
  • Built-In Windshield Zoom Microphone
  • POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
  • Creative Controls, Panorama, and Retouch
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Panasonic DMC-FZ70 overview

  • 1Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot digital camera that features a 16.1 megapixel High Sensitivity BSI MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i/p video with notable low-light quality. The combination of the processor and sensor enable a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, which can be further expanded to ISO 6400. The processor also affords a wealth of speed to the camera, including the ability to record up to 9 fps in a 3-shot burst, 5 fps with one-shot AF, or 2 fps with continuous AF.

The built-in Lumix DC Vario 60x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 20-1200mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for working in almost any shooting situation. Benefitting this extensive zoom range is POWER O.I.S., which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with greater zoom magnifications and under low-light conditions. This image stabilization system also features an Active Mode that is well-suited to creating steady HD movies by countering the appearance of camera shake in a variety of directions.

Full HD 1080i video at 60 fps is supported in the high quality AVCHD codec and greatly benefits from the inclusion of a Windshield Zoom Microphone and Dolby Digital audio quality. The built-in stereo microphone works to significantly reduce wind noise in order to provide clearer overall audio quality. Its zoom design is also well-paired to the zoom lens to help achieve natural sounding recordings.

For image monitoring and playback, both a 3.0" 460k-dot LCD monitor and a 0.20" 202k-dot electronic viewfinder are available as bright, clear means for viewing. Also extending the functionality of the FZ70 is a hot shoe to facilitate the use of an external flash and an HDMI port for linking the camera to an HDTV for vivid image playback. A host of creative effects are available too, for enhancing the aesthetic appearance of both still images and movies in-camera.

Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom Lens
A tremendously long-reaching Lumix DC Vario 60x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 20-1200mm, covering wide-angle to super telephoto lengths to suit shooting from nearly any vantage point. Extending the magnification of this lens even further is Intelligent Resolution technology, which effectively renders the zoom ratio to 120x with minimal image degradation. The maximum f/2.8-5.9 aperture benefits working in low-light conditions at the wide end of the zoom range and also contributes to greater control over focus placement.

The lens construction integrates six aspherical elements, with nine aspherical surfaces, and three extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness and clarity.
16.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
A 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3" High Sensitivity MOS sensor utilizes Back Side Illuminated technology to render imagery clearly and well-detailed with notable low-light quality. The sensor works in conjunction with the Venus Engine image processor to minimize visible noise and provide a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, which can be further extended to ISO 6400 when working in High Sensitivity mode. The image processor also affords a wealth of speed and performance throughout the camera system including a fast start-up time of 0.9 sec. and full-resolution continuous shooting rates up to 9 fps (in a 3 frame burst), 5 fps with single-shot AF, or 2 fps with continuous AF.
Full HD Video with Dolby Digital Audio
Full HD 1080i video recording at 60 fps is supported in the high quality AVCHD codec for fluid, well-detailed movies and 1080p video at 30 fps is also available in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. A dedicated movie record button allows for a seamless transition into the recording mode and Creative Video Mode settings offer greater control over the appearance of movies by allowing for the adjustment of shutter speed and aperture settings during recording.

Also contributing to effective movies is the use of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and the inclusion of a Windshield Zoom Microphone, which is able to substantially reduce the amount of wind in audio recordings to realize notably clear sound with videos. The sealed structure of the microphone works to prevent wind from reaching the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses the retention of air internally in order to realize unaffected sound quality. Additionally, the microphone has audio zoom capabilities to match the lens' zoom in order to provide a realistic sound quality when recording videos.
POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) works to effectively minimize the appearance of camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds or greater zoom magnifications in order to realize stable, sharp, and clear imagery. This stabilization system also features Active Mode, which benefits video recording by accounting for different directions of movement in order to steadier movie recordings, even while walking or moving when recording.
Camera Design
The design of this bridge camera incorporates both a 3.0" 460k-dot rear LCD monitor with anti-reflective coating and a 0.20" 202k-dot electronic viewfinder for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. The EVF is a convenient means for eye-level viewing, which is especially useful in bright lighting, and also provides an additional point of contact between you and the camera to further aid in stabilizing shots when working with greater zoom magnifications or when shooting in low-light conditions. A large ergonomic grip is also integrated into the FZ70's design to further add a measure of stability when shooting.

Additionally, a hot shoe is incorporated into the body to support the use of an optional external flash for greater illumination and flash control beyond that of the built-in pop-up flash.
Other Camera Features
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) mode automatically sets all camera exposure settings to clearly render the scene at hand, allowing you to simply compose and shoot. iA Plus Mode allows for even greater control through adjustment of background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance settings.
  • In-camera HDR works to extend the visible dynamic range of image by recording several images at once with varying exposure settings and then overlaying them into a single image to garner greater shadow and highlight detail.
  • Creative Control provides 15 different filter effects for modifying the appearance of your images: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color. Many of these filters can be used during video recording and, additionally, these filters can be applied to images after shooting by using the Creative Retouch mode.
  • Creative Panorama mode automatically stitches together multiple images in order to realize one wide-spanning horizontal or vertical image. A range of filter effects can also be applied to panoramic images, including Retro, Expressive, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Old Days, Cross Process, and One Point Color.
  • RAW file recording renders image files with greater room for post-processing adjustment compared to the standard JPEG file type.
  • An HDMI port is integrated into the camera's design to allow for direct playback of photos and movies to an HDTV.
  • Language support: English and Spanish.
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ70 specs

    Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3" MOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD
    Max Resolution 16 MP: 4608 x 3456
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lens Lumix DC Vario, 14 Elements in 12 Groups
    6 Aspherical, 3 ED
    Effective Focal Length: 3.58 to 215mm (35 mm Equivalent: 20 to 1200mm)
    Aperture: f/2.8 (W) to f/5.9 (T) to f/8 (T)
    Filter Thread 55mm
    Zoom Optical: 60x
    Intelligent Zoom: 120x
    Digital: 5x
    Focus Range Wide: 11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
    Telephoto: 4.92' to Infinity / 1.5 m to Infinity
    Wide Macro: 0.39" to Infinity / 0.99 cm to Infinity
    Tele Macro: 4.92' to Infinity / 1.5 m to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100 to 3200 (High Sensitivity Mode:1600 to 6400)
    Shutter 8 to 1/2000  
    15 to 60  in Starry Sky Mode
    1/30 to 1/20000  in Movie Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Creative Control, Creative Video, Custom, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Panorama Shot, Program, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    Shooting Modes 3D Photo
    Baby 1
    Baby 2
    Glass Through
    Handheld Night Shot
    High Dynamic
    High Sensitivity
    Impressive Art
    Low Key
    Miniature Effect
    Night Portrait
    Night Scenery
    Old Days
    One Point Color
    Pet Mode
    Soft Focus
    Soft Skin
    Star Filter
    Starry Sky
    Toy Camera Effect
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 16 MP for up to 3 Frames
    Up to 5 fps at 16 MP for up to Frames
    Up to 2 fps at 16 MP for up to Frames
    Up to 10 fps at 3 MP for up to Frames
    Self-Timer 2 Sec
    Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    Forced On
    Second-Curtain Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Wide:0.98 to 44.29' / 0.30 to 13.50 m
    Telephoto:4.92 to 21.00' / 1.50 to 6.40 m
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Built-In Memory 200 MB
    Memory Card Type SD
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
    1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (460,000 Pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Battery 1 x DMW-BMB9 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 895 mAh
    AC Power Adapter DMW-AC8 (Not Included)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.8 x 4.7" / 129.5 x 96.5 x 119.4 mm
    Weight 1.33 lb / 603.27 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 6.6 x 5.0"

    Panasonic DMC-FZ70 reviews

    Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 143.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Choice I am very pleased with our new Lumix. The optics and 60x Optical Zoom are incredible! In our case, the camera is used by many different staff members which means that great photos can be obtained in full auto mode with the shooter doing little more than aim & snap. But the camera is loaded with many enhancement features and manual modes that also allows those more experienced to obtain professional effects varying from adjustable depth-of-field to specialized digital effects. Another great feature of the Lumix series is how very quickly that first shot can be taken within about one second of powering on the camera.
    Date published: 2014-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera for the Money! I really missed the viewfinder on cameras but could not afford a $ camera just for the feature. Thankfully this camera has it and more; LCD display, autofocus, retouch, panoramic view, program modes, flash, and even a hot-shoe. The price was under $. I used it in daylight, lowlight, night shots with and without flash, motion shots, and multiple shots at once. I don't see anything wrong with it except its size which most of my friends and family said was big. This is for those people who appreciate the 35mm body as opposed to the boxie cameras that we see. Pound for pound its worth every penny. It is lighter than the professional cameras.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera, Great Value I am not an experienced photographer and really wanted a camera that was easy to use right out of the box. The Lumix DMC-FZ70 was that camera! What I love about this camera is that I was able to take some really beautiful shots using the fully automatic mode and I can experiment and learn in the manual mode. I am also looking forward to using my Lumix to make short educational videos. I have not yet done that so stay tuned! I feel I received excellent service and advice from the staff at B & H, shipping was fast and free and I had an excellent out-of- the box experience with this camera. I have only had it two weeks, but I love it.
    Date published: 2014-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Less camera, but great pictures! Photo enthusiast stepping down from a SLR camera after 10+ years of taking sports photos of the grand kids and wildlife, using multiples lenses and settings. Very pleased with the ease of use of this DMC-FZ70. I like having a choice to use the viewfinder. It helps me stabilize zoom shots! The pictures are excellent and the zoom lens provides quality shots without having to switch to a telephoto lens. Camera is well made and a quality product. Perfect camera for the enthusiast who is tired of toting around multiple lenses and other equipment.
    Date published: 2015-10-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, a decent super zoom More than decent - it's pretty incredible! My first shot, a wide angle view from my roof, showed an antenna tower barely visible in the center of the image. After zooming (and zooming some more) I filled the image with a guy working up there! It's insane! No one I showed the image to believed that it was a handheld shot. You'll be hard pressed to tell the difference between shots made with this and any DSLR you might have.
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great camera I am just a grandmother not into photography..just wanted better closer shots than a point and shoot for my Daughter. She has two children and got this camera for taking pictures on the ball field, DIY photo shots and sessions and well as every day life. The zoom is great you can get just child face or the whole field. I love how it focus on his face and blurs the background in close ups. It is not real bulky or to heavy,which was a concern of mine. So we can carry it around to events. It will take some practice getting focus on the long zoom, and it takes a few seconds to focus when zoomed all the way out. I have not learned how to use it well yet, but so far the color and sharpness is great for the price and size.
    Date published: 2014-04-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A better bird watcher I am a huge nature fan and bird watcher and I really wanted a camera with a bigger zoom than what I was using (Panasonic FH25). I did some research and found the Panasonic FZ720. I LOVE the 60X zoom! I have been able to get some great bird/critter shots without getting so close and scaring them off. I also enjoy using the macro mode to get real close up to natures patterns. The only thing that isn't so great, is the amount of time it takes to take the picture. However, it is a very long lens, which is the main reason the pictures take time to process. Overall, I am very pleased with the camera.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Amazing Camera I own the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ150. This camera is a huge improvement. Fabulous 60X optical zoom lens with really good image stabilization. Wide angle 20mm to 1200mm range. Terrific 1080i video with stereo microphone sound that is equivalent to the add-on stereo microphone for the FZ150 and FZ200. The built-in microphones are wind shielded and much better than anything available for the older cameras. I take all photos and videos in the IA mode and could not be more pleased with the results.
    Date published: 2013-12-29
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