The New Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera: 60x Optical Zoom

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Panasonic has announced their latest high zoom bridge camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera features a 60x optical zoom lens with the 35mm focal length equivalent of 20-1200mm, which covers everything from true wide-angle to ultra-telephoto focal lengths.

 

This lens, which is wider and more powerful than its predecessor’s 24x optical zoom lens, is truly all-encompassing and able to incorporate wide landscape scenes or the whole family gathered around the dinner table and capture close-ups of distant wildlife or sports scenes. In addition to its powerful zoom capability, the lens on the FZ70 offers a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-5.9 and the camera provides POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) to compensate for camera shake, enabling you to create blur-free images even at its longest focal lengths. The Active Mode of the POWER O.I.S. function works while shooting HD video and reduces the all-too-common camera shake that accompanies videos made while moving unintentionally.

The sensor housed in the FZ70 is a new 16.1MP High Sensitivity 1/2.3” Back Side Illuminated MOS sensor, which provides high-resolution imaging, is sensitive in low-light situations and cuts noise by 10-15% over previous Lumix FZ models. The sensor works with the Venus Engine image processor for fast response times including up to 9 frame-per-second burst shooting. This combination also enables an Intelligent Digital zoom system, which reaches up to 120x zoom for extreme long-distance capture and a High Sensitivity range that reaches ISO 6400 for effective shooting in low-light conditions. 

The Lumix DMC-FZ70 records full HD 1080i video at 60 fps in the AVCHD codec and 1080p at 30 fps in the MP4 format. Use the AVCHD format for high-quality movies and the MP4 format for when you just expect to put your video up online. A separate button on the camera’s top plate lets you instantly start recording videos while in photo mode—and you can still shoot stills while recording a video. In Creative Video Mode you can manually adjust shutter speed and aperture while shooting in order to have even greater control over your outcome. The Dolby Digital stereo audio recording on the FZ70 is particularly noteworthy, as is the built-in microphone, which zooms when the lens zooms to reduce ambient noise and record specific distant sounds or conversations. Also, the microphone features a newly developed sealed-structure Wind Shield that minimizes wind noise for a clearer overall sound.

For image composition and playback the FZ70 has both an electronic viewfinder and a large LCD monitor. The LCD monitor measures 3.0” with a 460k-dot resolution and, for stable eye-level composition, the 0.20” electronic viewfinder offers 100% field of view and 202k-dot resolution. The camera provides a comfortable bridge-style form factor with a large handgrip and easy access to controls. It features a pop-up flash and a hot-shoe mount for connecting an external flash unit or other accessories.

The FZ70 is a camera for both the advanced and novice photographer. For the advanced shooter, there is RAW image capture, high-speed burst rates, and manual exposure control. For the beginner, iAuto adjusts all of the camera’s controls based on the image it reads and lets you focus on composition and getting your subjects to smile. For a blend of auto and manual control, iAuto Plus mode provides control over background focus, exposure compensation and white balance with just a simple move of the slider bar. In-camera Creative Controls and Creative Retouch let you easily add a flourish of creativity to your images with 15 filter effects. Either before or after you have taken your photo you can add a Retro look, a Soft Focus or a Toy Effect, for example. Several of the 15 effects can also be added to videos and, with Creative Panoramic Effects, you can easily shoot panoramic images and add filter effects, too.

With its powerful 60x optical zoom lens, full HD 1080/60i video capture with Dolby Digital sound, an ergonomically designed compact body, and a wealth of assistive and creative functions, the Lumix DMC-FZ70 is a camera that can provide pro-level imaging with user-friendly control.

For more information on the Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

Image Sensor1/2.3" Backside Illuminated MOS
Total Pixels16.8MP
Effective Pixels16.1MP
Recording File FormatStills: JPEG(DCF/Exif 2.3)/ RAW, DPOF; 3D:MPO; Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Image QualityRAW/ RAW + Fine/ RAW + Standard/ Fine/ Standard (3D Mode: MPO + Fine/MPO + Standard)
Still Image Recording4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,456 pixels (16M)
3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ)
3,072 x 2,304 pixels (7M EZ)
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ)
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ)
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,072 pixels (14M)
3,648 x 2,432 pixels (9M EZ)
3,072 x 2,048 pixels (6M EZ)
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ)
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ)
640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 2,592 pixels (12M)
3,648 x 2,056 pixels (7.5M EZ)
3,072 x 1,728 pixels (5.5M EZ)
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ)
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ)
640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)
1:1 Aspect Ratio: 3,456 x 3,456 pixels (12M)
2,736 x 2,736 pixels (7.5M EZ)
2,304 x 2,304 pixels (5.5M EZ)
1,920 x 1,920 pixels (3.5M EZ)
1,536 x 1,536 pixels (2.5M EZ)
480 x 480 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Lens TypeLUMIX DC VARIO
Optical Zoom60x
Focal Length3.58-215mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv.)20-1200 mm  (22--1320mm in video recording)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8-5.9
Minimum Aperturef/8.0
Extra Optical Zoom75.8x (4:3 / 10M), 108x (4:3 / 5M), 135x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom120x
2-Speed ZoomYes
Lens Construction14 elements in 12 groups (6 aspherical lenses/ 9 aspherical surfaces/ 3 ED lenses
Conversion Lens CapabilityYes (1.7x) DMW-LT55 (Requires DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter)
Optical Image StabilizerPOWER O.I.S. with Active Mode for video
Focus ModesNormal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF, Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), AF/AE Lock Button, Manual Focus, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
Focusing AreaNormal: Wide 11.8" (30 cm) - Infinity; Tele 60" (150 cm) - Infinity. AF Macro/MF/iAuto/Motion Picture: Wide 0.4" (1 cm) - Infinity; Tele 60" (150 cm) - Infinity
AF Assist LampYes (On/Off)
AF MeteringFace/ AF Tracking/ 23-area/ 1-area (flexible/scalable)
Shutter SpeedStills: 8-1/2000 sec; Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec. Motion Picture: 1/30-1/20000
ExposureProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing1/3 - 3 EV step, Max. +/-3 EV, 3 frames
Light MeteringIntelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot
ISO SensitivityISO100-3200 (1EV or 1/3 EV step)                                  High Sensitivity: ISO1600-6400
White BalanceAuto/ Daylight/ Cloudy/ Shade/ Incandescent/ Flash/ White Set 1/ White Set 2/ Color Temperature
Burst Shooting9 fps (Up to 3 images)
Record Mode (Mode Dial)Intelligent Auto, P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), Creative Video, C (Custom), Panorama Shot, Scene,
Creative Control
Creative Control ModeExpressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color (15 filters)
Still Image Scene ModePortrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Glass Through, HDR, 3D Photo
Motion Picture RecordingHD Video: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels  [NTSC Model]
AVCHD 60i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
MP4, 30p (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD 50i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25fps)
MP4, 25p (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25fps)
1,280 x 720 pixels [NTSC Model]
AVCHD 60p (SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
MP4, 30p (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD 50p (SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25fps)
MP4, 25p (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 25fps)
STD Video: 640 x 480 pixels [NTSC Model]
MP4, 30p (VGA: 4Mbps)
[PAL Model]
MP4, 25p (VGA: 4Mbps)
Actual Recordable TimeAVCHD [FSH]: Approx. 80 min
AVCHD [SH]: Approx. 90 min
MP4 [FHD]: Approx. 80 min
Zoom During Motion PictureYes
Viewfinder0.20" EVF (202K-dot equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Microphone/SpeakerWindshield Zoom Microphone - Dolby® Digital Stereo/ Mono
HDMIYes
Monitor3.0" (7.5 cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Auto Power Monitor Mode, Power Monitor Mode
Hot ShoeYes
Photo StyleStandard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
Color ModeColor Mode (only in iA Mode): Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Happy
Picture AdjustmentContrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Digital Red-Eye CorrectionYes (On/Off)
Self Timer2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)
Playback ModeAll, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Favorite), Calendar
RetouchCreative Retouch / Auto Retouch
Built-in FlashAuto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd Slow Sync.
0.3 - 13.5 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.5 - 6.4 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording MediaBuilt-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in MemoryApprox 200MB
Interfacemini HDMI, AV Output, USB (AV / USB Multi)
PowerLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 895 mAh, 6.5 Wh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65" (130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm)
Weight1.34 lb (606 g) with Battery and SD Memory Card

 

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hi. I am a hair/makeup artist and I purchased this camera on the advice of the sales rep saying this is exactly what i need.

However it has no flip screen or any way to connect an external monitor, so I cannot see myself or my models when im shooting a tutorial.

can anyone advise? 

Is there anyway to use this camera with an external montior so i can see real time on a bigger screen. I.e, mobile phone or tablet, or dedicated monitor.

also can a external microphone be connected?

While you can hook the FZ70 up to an external monitor, an image will only appear on the monitor during playback. No information would be exported to the monitor while recording or during live view. So, while you would be able to review what you had shot, you would not be able to use the monitor to compose the shot or see what you are recording. The FZ70 does not have a jack for an external mic. If you wanted to improve audio, your best option will be to use an external audio recorder and sync sound in post. The Zoom H4nSP 4-Channel Handy Recorder would be an option.

I'm a senior newcome to fancy cameras. I hate to beg but I need some help. I just purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ70 and I want to take a still photograph in 16:9 aspect ratio. Can anyone give me some step by step settings help please.`

You would want to open up the menu, and then choose the [Rec] section. If you scroll through that, you should come to [Picture Size]. If you select [Picture Size], you should be able to adjust the aspect ratio there.

How do I  make an eye-fi SD  Card work. Thanks

I take pictures of a variety of sports.  I'm definitely a novice when it comes to taking pictures and this is my best camera so far.  I'm having difficulty taking picture under stadium lights for football and soccer.  I get so much blur.  Any recommendations for settings with this camera or tips?  thanks!

The FZ70 won’t be the best camera for low light sports photography, especially if you are sitting up in the stands using the more telephoto portions of the lens.  Your best option would be to use the Shutter Priority mode so that you could make sure you are using fast enough shutter speeds to freeze the motion and negate the effects of hand shake.  You will likely need to bump up the ISO quite high for this, which can cause noise.  *Christina*  [email protected]

I bought this camera after my LUMIX do 12 years gave up the ghost.  While I could have it repaired, I was limited with the zoom.  I don't pretend to be a good photographer, but I love the hobby.  So, I researched LUMIX latest models, and fell in love with it!  I got it home, and played with it, and to my surprise a lot of the functions are similar to my older model, but WoW!  I'm looking forward to getting to know my new companion, and think this will be a long and satisfying relationship.  Thanks LUMIX, you help us would be photographers more than you could know!

Can I switch lents? Like put a different lents

The Panasonic DMC-FZ70 is a point and shoot camera, so its lens is built-in.  It would not be possible to switch out lenses with this or any other point and shoot. 

Is there a WiFi or blue tooth adaptor available for this camera?

There is not an adapter available that would provide these features for the FZ70.  However for wireless transmission of images you could use a WiFi SD Memory Card. Any Eyefi would be full compatible and recommended. 

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hai dear i'm from Pakistan' i want to buy this camera' what is the latest price of this' please send me it's price through given email. thanks' regards Farooq Khan' Ph'  +923336762956
 

Need help deciding on a super zoom point-and-shoot.  Have Nikon D600 and I just went on a safari.  I am getting too old to carry around the lenses.  would like to get a point-and-shoot.  i have read a lot today and am oscillating between Olympus SP-100 and the Lumix DMC-FZ70.  The Olympus reviewer (Gordon's pick) highly touted the camera but camera does not do RAW images.  But said the aperture was a constant 2.8.  I am also intrigued by the Lumix.  My goal:  lighter camera with super zoom, great image quality in all dayight situations.  Just need guidance.  maybe i am not asking the correct questions.  I print photos up to 17 x 20 on my Epson 3800 printer.  All just a hobby for me and photos are taken and printed for gifts.  any help would be appreciated.  I take animal photos:  cats, dogs, birds, etc.  i take landscape photos and people.  

The Panasonic FZ70 would be a good camera solution based on the criteria you have mentioned.  FUji also offers a similar model which has great image quality and performance, which I feel is worth considering.  It shoots RAW images and also features a super zoom ranged lens.  See the following link for details on the recommendation:  http://bhpho.to/1aldPft

 

How low in lux will this camera take a usable picture at 60X zoom.. tks tony

Approx. 9 lx (when i-Low light is used, the shutter speed is 1/30th of a second). 9 lux is slightly darker than twilight, but brighter than a full moon.

Our site is live with pricing and stock.  That being said, you can find the current price for the Lumix DMC-FZ70 on the camera’s page on our site.

When will this model be upgraded with WIFI, as it is hard to hold it really steady

Unfortunately manufacturers never inform us of their future products or intentions prior to any official announcement.  We would learn of new models on the same day as you would.  As far as your comment after the question goes, its worth noting that Wi-Fi has nothing to do with the camera’s stability or holding it steady.  Wi-Fi allows the camera to wirelessly transfer images and perhaps control certain aspects of the camera, but would not cause the camera to be better balanced.  If there was a different feature you are referring to let us know.  You may email us at [email protected] for more detailed responses.