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PanasonicLumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera
 
4.4

(based on 142 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (115)
  • Good image quality (107)
  • Easy to use (104)
  • Image stabilization (93)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (90)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (14)
  • Poor image quality (7)
  • No image stabilization (6)
  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (98)
  • Travel (97)
  • Wildlife (87)
  • Family photos (84)
  • Sports/action (54)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (67), Casual photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (23), Pro photographer (8), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great camera. but short on the pro side.

After having the camera for a month, I need to update my review. Many good features are said of this camera, particularly of the zoom, which can actually go to 520X in extreme...Read complete review

After having the camera for a month, I need to update my review. Many good features are said of this camera, particularly of the zoom, which can actually go to 520X in extreme digital mode. Easy to use camera in the Auto mode, but can be a bit tricky setting the settings in the M mode. Creative control is nice for various effects, but no variable parameter contols. Go to Lightroom or Photoshop for the final shutter snap. Video is very good and can get the maximum time of 29 minutes 59 seconds. I recommend using 1920 AVCHD format, Now on the downside, and Panasonic should have seen this. No mic input, no ability to use wireless remote shutter control, no swivel out LCD panel, and using an external power adapter, the lid will not close, and no access to change batter or SD card while monted on a tripod or stabalizer. I made a DIY camera mount that works great

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Get the basics right first!!

I bought this camera as a backup for my Canon 60D when outdoors hiking and for adventures. I have an older model Panasonic and love it. I even use it for my underwater...Read complete review

I bought this camera as a backup for my Canon 60D when outdoors hiking and for adventures. I have an older model Panasonic and love it. I even use it for my underwater photography, so I was expecting a bit more after all of the hype. However, Panasonic didn't even get the basics right on this one. The only setting that gets clear, focused pictures right is the "AI" setting. None of the others can zoom and focus in a decent amount of time. That's pretty basic in my book, focusing on each setting. The other disappointment is the new software. This camera shoots raw, and creates a proprietary file that not even Lightroom can read, so you must use their software, only problem is, it isn't compatible with Windows 7. I use both Mac and a PC, and the software isn't compatible with Mac, and after loading on the PC creates an ongoing cycle that doesn't allow you to actually access the program! And yes, I have deleted it and reinstalled it twice just to be sure it was installing properly. So, I now have HDR images taken at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons that I cannot even access. This is such a disappointment! Wait until they get all of this right before purchasing. They have some real work to do!!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best camera I've owned

By Pattimelt

from New Mexico

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not only a great price but great performance.

By Zouave

from NYC

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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.

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5.0

Comments on Lumix DMC-FZ70

By Bob

from Papillion, NE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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).

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4.0

Amazing! Little problem.

By 123abc

from Baltimore, Maryland

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Image Stabilization

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Construction quality is low

By Cynthia

from New York, NY

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camrea

By photo8989

from Baltimore, Maryland

About Me Photography Student

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

This camera shoot very good in auto-mode.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Upgraded high end point & shoot

By Computer Geek

from Laurel, MD

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Long Term Reliability

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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.

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  • No

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile all in one camera

By Mark from Austin

from Austin Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

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.

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  • No

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent camera

By arachan

from Melo, Uruguay

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

    I use it for many different shots, like sun beach, indoor with poor light, sports, and all photos are very good! A great purchase

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Camera, Amazing Customer Service

    By SusieQ

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

        This is a top notch camera at a very reasonable price. I bought it for an 11 year old and it is powerful/advanced enough to take terrific photos and videos, but easy enough for a kid to use. I spent a LOT of time researching and was impressed that the B&H customer service reps and photography specialists spent so much time with me. I'm very, very happy with my purchase and the overall experience.

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        4.0

        Great compact point and shhot

        By jdss1

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great wide angle
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Thru The Lens Viewfinder

        Cons

        • Lens Cap Does Not Stay On
        • Limited Instruct Manual

        Best Uses

        • Documenting Jobs
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

        Bought this to replace a older point & shoot I was using. I am posting picture online and needed better quality. Camera has good balance, light weight, compact, great wide angle- I shoot construction so wide angle for interiors is really important. Good selection of image size and type. Boots up quickly. Fairly easy to use. There are a lot of options for taking a picture with this camera.

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        • No

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        (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great Camera, great Value BUT.............

        By Ray

        from North Conway NH

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

          The camera does just about everything you could possibly want a camera to d , BUT it's WAY too complicated. This is my fault, not that of the camera and the major fault with buying a product on line without "playing" with it or having a demonstration, It's probably gonna be a closet dweller and gather dust

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          • No

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          3.0

          Has some great features but the image quality is bad

          By Igor

          from NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

          Great zoom. It works very good at low light (night handheld shot). However, the image quality at daylight(in all modes) is much worse than my old 8Mpx and 12Mpx Canon cameras. The color depth is bad also. Even the picture in RAW format is far away from acceptable. I took hundreds of shots in different modes at different ISO to eliminate the "human factor" but found that the quality was bad. If you want to use this camera for close up or portraits it is good. However, don't consider to use FZ70 to make landscapes wlth wide angle.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Lens gets stuck

          By Silverdale

          from New Haven CT

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

          I bought a refurbished camera. Lens got stuck (will not extend) at 7x after a day of use. I managed to pull it out. However, when I brought it to Kenya, a week later, lens would not extend beyond 3x. I had it repaired when I came home. Six months later, I brought it to Tanzania where the lens would not extend beyond 3x. I managed to pull it out and it worked well. 3 months later, lens is stuck again at 3x. I have not managed to pull it out. Otherwise it takes great pictures, easy to carry around for a camera with this zoom capability.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Fantastic Macro !

          By Chauncy Gardner

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

          I decided to purchase the FZ70 after having read opinions on several online sites. It was macro I was after and this one really delivers. The macro setting allows me to get as close as 3cm. I couldn't find another camera or lens that come close.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Meg

          from Ma

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

          This camera was recommended to me by a friend. I was looking for a camera that would take a great picture and video but would not cost an arm and a leg. This camera is fantastic for my neads! Highly recommended.

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          3.0

          My third Panasonic, but this one a disappointment

          By Hans

          from Wellington, South Africa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

              I was very satisfied with my Panasonic FZ30 and my FZ50. They had Leica lenses and produced sharp pictures. Therefore I had great expectations for my FZ70. It uses wonderful technology, but the pictures are not sharp, especially when you make use of the zoom capacity of the lens. The eye level viewfinder has to be focused anew every time you use it. And the picture in the viewfinder does not lead to pictures with the horizon level. The results are also not consistent. Some pictures are satisfactory, but others, under the same lighting conditions, are a real disappointment. No, Panasonic really did not make it with this model.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Less camera, but great pictures!

              By PoppaT

              from DFW, Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

              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.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Very good zoom

              By Iyg

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Poor Image Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

                Zoom is amazing. However, the camera I received looked used. There were no protection film on the LCD screen. The user manual was missing. I found a fingerprint on LCD. The language was set to Korean (or so). The factory setting is English.
                I took several photos and decided to return the camera because the sharpness at short focal was bad. Probably it was the reason for the previous user to return this camera.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                good camera

                By ferrari

                from Port Jefferson Station

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera:

                  Just started using the camera. So far its great.Made a video at a concert.Images with zoom were sharp. Nice to be able to zoom in or out while videoing. Have much more to experiment with.

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                  • No

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