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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Panasonic DMC-FZ70 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 316.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
  • 4Full HD Video with Dolby Digital Audio
  • 5POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
  • 6Camera Design
  • 7Other Camera Features

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

    Imaging
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 16.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
    Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Exposure Control
    White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2
    Video
    Coverage100%
    Flash
    Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.4 x 6.6 x 5"

    Panasonic DMC-FZ70 Reviews

    The best camera I've owned

    By Pattimelt
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2016-08-15

    I volunteer at a wildlife refuge and needed a long zoom without the weight of adding a lens. I use this model to zoom in on Raptors during our bi-weekly bird surveys. After I take photos in the field we are then able to double the photo right on the camera screen so we can use the bird guides to identify. My cameras go through daily abuse being used in every weather conditions; wind, dust/dirt/sand, rain, snow, fog, freezing, heat, you name it and this camera handles the extremes. I have captured amazing photos of dragonflies (in flight and on vegetation), hummingbirds (in flight, hovering and in deep shade of tree), birds ( flying and deep shade of trees), shore birds, ducks (reflections on water), mammals (of every size and distance). I was able to photograph a migrating Painted Bunting on the outside of my yard by focusing on bird and blurring out the chain link fence. Night shots are equally amazing. I will be in the poultry house with minimal lighting entering through the entry hole and just enough for camera's sensor to focus on poults using flash. Last year I invited photo club members to photograph sleeping dragonflies in crabapple tree. In the dark of night we used a flashlight to allow the camera's sensor to focus, the flash then takes an amazing night photos. I have no complaints about the DMC-FZ70 model. One reviewer's negative opinion about cheap quality and camera made in China, don't let one review disuade you from buying this camera, you won't be disappointed. This camera is already in it's third year and still taking amazing photos (my cameras only last two years at most). I had four photo club members buy this camera after they saw how light weight, easy to use, and quality of my photos. I want to mention these are professional photographers that use Nikkon or Cannon cameras, so that speaks volumes for them to buy this model. Go outside and enjoy the day! Take many photos.

    Great camrea

    By photo8989
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2016-03-05

    This camera shoot very good in auto-mode.

    Upgraded high end point & shoot

    By Mark
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2016-02-01

    This is the third camera of this type that I've owned. Camera One still works but the button to take the picture is worn out. Camera two just broke, the on/off switch doesn't work. They redesigned the on/off switch, so I hope it lasts longer. The optics are now 60x zoom. The only downside to this is increased weight. They have also added a hot shoe. I'm used to the controls of this series and that's why I bought it. YMMV if you are comfortable with another brand.

    Versatile all in one camera

    By Mark from Austin
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2016-01-10

    I needed a camera for an upcoming vacation, that wouldn't require changing out the lens for different shots. The Lumix DMC-FZ70 has an impressive zoom lens, and is fairly compact. Photo's are sharp when there is adequate light. When you attempt photos indoors, I've found the shutter speed slows, and photos are blurry. Overall it's a great camera with many features for the price point, but as expected can't compete with my DSLR.

    Not only a great price but great performance.

    By Zouave
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2016-06-28

    I just finished a four day shoot at a pro beach volleyball tournament in NYC and got great sharp photos at various lengths. Easy to adjust. Been using it for almost a year and gotten much favorable comment on my photos of parade, events, you name it. Maybe a camera body costing over a thousand, with a lens costing over a thousand more, can do better, but this does pretty darn well. And I did not even use RAW, which I will next time.

    Comments on Lumix DMC-FZ70

    By Bob
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2016-06-14

    Wanted to make sure we had it before we went on vacation. I did my research, wanting a long-zoom camera with high quality pictures and videos, excellent stability, easy enough for my wife to use and overall ability. Also wanted good battery life, so I bought two batteries. Didn't have to. Compared this with many cameras, especially Nikon (60 and 83 Zoom) cameras. They were excellent. But, my Lumix is better in every category, including stability and quality of pictures in normal and high-zoom. And, price made my day, saving me about 50% of the Nikon 83 Zoom).

    Amazing! Little problem.

    By 123abc
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2016-04-07

    Shoots very well in and outdoors. I really like it. I do however a problem with it: When Optical Image Stabilization is on during video, it sometimes makes the video loop back and forth, also make the video choppy. Otherwise, amazing camera.

    Construction quality is low

    By Cynthia
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2016-03-27

    While this camera offers many nice features and specs., its construction quality is disappointing. It feels cheap and some the buttons and knobs confirm it. But this is no surprise: it's made in China! They make it cheap enough that if you have extra money to throw away, then this camera is ok. Don't expect it to last very long.

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