Home Reviews Entertainmnent Gadgets Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 – class leading 60x optical zoom

Panasonic make Lumix cameras that are well regarded in both the value and performance arenas. The DMC-FZ70 (successor to FZ60) has the 35mm lens equivalent of 20-1200mm zoom – the 60X optical can be boosted to 120X with digital zoom.

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.

Optional accessories.

  • 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.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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