Professional camera news sources call it ‘an impressive feat of lens design housed in a compact bridge-style body bettering Canon PowerShot SX50, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000’.
The FZ70 uses a 16MP, 1/2.3” CMOS image sensor similar to most superzoom compact cameras. The lens is f/2.5-5.9 with image stabilisation so necessary for extreme zoom. It includes an eye-level electronic viewfinder and a 3” rear LCD.
It has all the usual features such as hot shoe, flash, stereo microphone (Dolby digital audio), 1080 50i or 720 video 60p, full image control and Lumix quality lens.
Missing however are GPS and Wi-Fi but an optional Eye-Fi SD card solves that issue.
Full manual control and P/A/S/M mode allows advanced users to enjoy more creative photography. The Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes now include 15 filters: 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. Creative Panorama makes it possible to create a dramatic horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots, overlaying the images, and adding filters.
- Tele Conversion Lens (1.7x): DMW-LT55
- Close-up Lens: DMW-LC55
- Conversion Lens Adaptor: DMW-LA8
- MC Protector: DMW-LMCH55
- ND Filter: DMW-LNDH55
- PL Filter: DMW-LPL55
- External Flash: DMW-FL220 (GN22) / DMW-FL360L (GN36) / DMW-FL360 (GN36) / DMW-FL500 (GN50)
- Battery Pack: DMW-BMB9
Preliminary reviews are positive for a compact camera.
Estimated price around US$400 (potentially more in Australia), with local availability in September, 2013.
We will reserve further comment for a hands-on review.