Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is a 16.1MP 1/2.3″ BSI MOS Sensor bridge-style point-and-shoot digital camera with Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom Lens. It features 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 20-1200mm, Venus Engine Image Processor, 3.0-inch 460k-Dot LCD Monitor, 0.20″ 202k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder, Full HD 1080i AVCHD Video at 60 fps, Built-In Windshield Zoom Microphone, POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode, Creative Controls, Panorama, and Retouch. The camera measure (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.8 x 4.7″ / 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm and weight 1.33 lb / 606 g with battery and memory card.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / FZ72 is a super-zoom camera which is released by Panasonic in July. The camera is equipped with a 16.0 Megapixel image sensor and a 60x f2.8-5.9 20-1200mm zoom lens. With the sensor and the lens making the FZ70 to be one of the super zoom camera competitor for Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Sony Cyber​​-shot HX300. You can add options 1.7x telephoto conversion lens that can increase the magnification up to 2040mm on the camera.

The Super Zoom Lens Panasonic Lumix FZ70 (credit: Panasonic)

The Super Zoom Lens Panasonic Lumix FZ70 (credit: Panasonic)

The zoom range makes this camera is positioned on top of the camera zoom such earlier FZ200, FZ60, and LZ30. Beside the main features, the FZ70 also has interesting features like a 3-inch 460k dot LCD screen, electronic viewfinder 0.2-inch, built-in flash and hot shoe, including stereo microphone. When compared to traditional competitors, FZ70 has a larger body size than the FZ200, the PowerShot SX50 HS and Nikon Coolpix P5200. It makes FZ70 easier and comfortable to grip in the hand and allows the camera has a lot of space to put the control buttons were paneled over.

Upper view of Panasonic Lumix-FZ70

Upper view of Panasonic Lumix-FZ70

In addition, the design of which is owned, allowing FZ70 has enough space to add a built-in flash, hot shoe, and a stereo microphone. Equipped with a great sensors and zoom lenses including great design and easy to use, FZ70 be one exciting super zoom camera for photographers who like to come out to express their photography using the camera zoom.

Performance & Image Quality

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 ready to shoot after the power button is turned on and then quickly focus and shoot in just 1.3 seconds. By combining the 16.1MP 1/2.3 “BSI MOS and Venus Engine image processor, FZ70 is able to shoot continuously at full resolution up to 9 frames per second, or 5 frames per second with autofocus. You can shoot with file formats JPEG, RAW, and RAW + JPEG. Additionally you can also record Full HD 1080i AVCHD video at 50fps or 60fps.

Additionally, you can shoot photos and video by using ISO range of 100-3200 that can be increased up to ISO 6400. Image quality at ISO standards in RAW format as well appreciated in JPEG format images look sharp. When you shoot in RAW format, you will start to see noise at ISO 200 but you will not see it in JPEG format. At ISO 320 to 400 you will begin to notice the noise when you shoot images in JPEG format, while in the RAW image format will be worse than the JPEG format. In addition, the camera can not handle the noise images at ISO 800 to ISO 1600 in both JPEG and RAW format. You can process images up to ISO 800 with the use of image noise reduction software.

Panasonic Lumix FZ70 sample photos: 1/1000, f/5.5, ISO100, 46.2mm (credit: catpicsz in Flickr)

Panasonic Lumix FZ70 sample photos: 1/1000, f/5.5, ISO100, 46.2mm (credit: catpicsz in Flickr)

As a video camera, FZ70 has many similarities of the previous model FZ60 at 1080i resolution at 50 or 60 fps, and allows you to record video in AVCHD or MPEG-4 file format. When you use the AVCHD mode, you can record Full HD video in 1080i or 720p at rates of 17Mbit/s. While in MP4 mode, you can record Full HD video in 1080p, 720p or VGA, at rates of 20, 10 and 4 Mbit/s.

If you press the dedicated button movie recording, the camera will automatically record a video for the exposure. And if you use the mode button and then switch to the position of Creative Video, then you can record video in PASM modes. Additionally, you can change the aperture and shutter speed during video recording. It is a control which is unusual when compared with the others super-zoom camera in the same price range, such as the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Nikon Coolpix P520. From the results of tests performed, the FZ70 is able to produce good quality images that supported by good performance of image stabilization.

Should I buy the camera?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is super-zoom camera which is very impressive. Besides the feels solid, comfortable and responsive, this camera also has super fast performance of the zoom, focus, and start-up. While the image quality is quite good up to ISO 800 in JPEG format. With prices set to $ 399.00, FZ70 is a super zoom camera that worth buying, but no doubt the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and the Nikon Coolpix P520 is also worthy of consideration.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Images Sensor

Pixels
+ Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
+ Effective: 16.1 Megapixel

Sensor 1/2.3″ MOS

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
+ Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD

Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Image Stabilization Optical

Optical Lens

Lens
+ Lumix DC Vario, 14 elements in 12 groups
6 Aspheric, 3 ED

+ EFL: 3.58-215 mm (35 mm equivalent: 20-1200 mm)

+ Aperture: f/2.8 (W) – 5.9 (T) to f/8

Filter Thread 55 mm

Zoom
+ Optical: 60x
+ Intelligent Zoom: 120x
+ Digital: 5x

Focus Range
+ Wide: 11.81″ (30 cm) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 4.92′ (1.5 m) – Infinity
+ Wide Macro: 0.39″ (1 cm) – Infinity
+ Tele Macro: 4.92′ (1.5 m) – Infinity

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity 100-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-6400)

Shutter
+ 8 – 1/2000 sec
+ 15 – 60 sec in Starry Sky Mode
+ 1/30 – 1/20000 sec in Movie Mode

Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Creative Control, Creative Video, Custom, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Panorama Shot, Program, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority

+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes

+ Creative Control Mode: 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, One Point Color (15 filters)

+ Still Image Scene Mode: Portrait, 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

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2

Burst Rate
+ Up to 9 fps at 16 MP for up to 3 frames
+ Up to 5 fps at 16 MP
+ Up to 2 fps at 16 MP
+ Up to 10 fps at 3 MP

Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec

Flash

Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync, Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Off, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction,

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ Wide: 0.98 – 44.29′ (0.3 – 13.5 m)
+ Telephoto: 4.92 – 21.00′ (1.5 – 6.4 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

Memory

Built-in Memory 200MB

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC

Resolution
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps

Video Clip Length Up to 4GB or 29 Min 59 Sec

Audio Recording With Video, Stereo

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Viewfinder Coverage 100%

Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen (460,000 pixels)

Screen Coverage 100%

Connectivity

+ AV Output
+ HDMI C (Mini)
+ USB 2.0

Power

Battery 1x DMW-BMB9 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 895mAh

AC Power Adapter DMW-AC8 (Optional)

Weight & Measurements

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.8 x 4.7″ / 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm

Weight 1.33 lb / 606 g with battery and memory card

Video Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Reviews

Review Video By Catsclouds

Review Video By Panasonic Southampton

Samples Photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Sample Photos

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) Sample Photos @ Cameralabs

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) Sample Photos @ Flickr

User Manual

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 User Manual (PDF)

Click to view or right click and select Save Target As..(Firefox) or Save link as.. (IE) to download

- Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72) User Manual (1.5MB)

Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (FZ72).

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon Coolpix P520 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Olympus SP-820UZ Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


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