Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
From Panasonic


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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 920 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #549 in Camera & Photo
  • Size: 7.3in l x 6.9in w x 5.1in h
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-FZ70K
  • Released on: 2013-09-02
  • Dimensions: 3.82" h x 4.65" w x 5.12" l,
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 3

Features

  • Bring the action in super close with category class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm)
  • Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus
  • Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm / (5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65 inch)

Bring the action in super close with category class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm) Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic
Long Zoom Camera Leader
Panasonic LUMIX FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60X Super Long Zoom and Dolby® Digital Sound


Life is more than a single moment captured in time. Never miss the action with an amazing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 compact digital camera equipped with 20mm wide-angle to 1200mm (60X) long zoom F2.8-5.9 lens. Experience Full HD video with auto focus and an amazing wind shielded microphone that zooms with the camera to zero in on your subject’s audio.
DMC-FZ70K
DMC-FZ70K
 

Super Long Zoom Lens From 20mm Ultra Wide-Angle To 60x Optical Zoom
DMC-FZ70
At 60X optical zoom, the LUMIX FZ70 Point and Shot digital camera produces stunning versatility from ultra-wide 20mm to incredible 1200mm to capture dynamic landscapes, wildlife, and almost any travel scene. Capture a little extra zoom with Intelligent Resolution technology. Extend the zoom ratio up to 120X equivalent while maintaining superior picture quality.
Amazingly Clear Zoom Microphone with Dolby® Digital Audio Quality
DMC-FZ70
Recording video with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is easy, but what's really amazing is the camera's ability to capture crisp, clear audio. The videos are accompanied by realistic Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Sound quality is further improved with the LUMIX FZ70 and the newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone.
Create Stunning Movies With Full HD Video Recording
DMC-FZ70
The LUMIX FZ70 digital camera records Full-HD 1920 x 1080 videos in both AVCHD and MP4 format. A separate button on the top of the camera lets you instantly start recording videos while simultaneously shooting photos. The Creative Video Mode empowers you to adjust the shutter speed and aperture in videos to get the creative effect you are looking for.
Power Optical Image Stabilization & Active Mode Deliver Sharp, Clear Images
DMC-FZ70
POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses hand-shake that causes blurred photos. Even slight hand-shake movement of this point and shot camera is accurately detected and compensated for to produce sharp, clear images. Panasonic LUMIX FZ70's Active Mode performs beautifully when recording wide-angle video at such as shooting while walking. The resulting videos are stable and clear.
Be Inspired With In Camera Creative Controls and Creative Retouch
DMC-FZ70
Panasonic LUMIX FZ70 digital camera's Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes feature 15 filter effects. The Creative Control mode lets you shoot with a filter while checking how it looks on the picture. Certain filters can be used for video recording as well. The Creative Retouch mode lets you apply a filter on a picture, in camera, even after shooting.
Expand Your Vision With Creative Panoramic Effects
DMC-FZ70
Creative Panorama function shoots a horizontal/vertical panoramic image with consecutive shots by overlaying the previous picture. The multiple images are stitched together in the camera to create one single-wide image capturing your scene. Get creative with one of the 11 panoramic filter effects this long zoom camera offers.

Never Miss A Shot Even With Action Photography

The LUMIX FZ70 takes your photography to the next level with blazing fast speeds of up to 5 fames per second (fps) AF or 2fps with continuous AF Tracking, keeping your subject in focus even while it moves. An even faster 3 frame burst at 9 fps helps lock in those fast moving, once in a lifetime moments. Click to See More

Amazing Low Light 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

LUMIX FZ70's bright F2.8-5.9 lens with 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor delivers phenomenal image quality in high-sensitivity shooting scenes. The camera's sensor cuts noise by about 10-15% and dramatically improves image quality vs. previous models. With the Venus Engine, this superb sensor elevates response, sensitivity, and image quality. Click to See More

Shoot Impressive Pictures With iA (Intelligent Auto) / iA Plus Mode

iA (Intelligent Auto) of FZ70 digital point and shot camera helps you make beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions. The camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photos and videos. Adjust background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance for even more flexible control by simply moving the slider. Click to See More

Panasonic LUMIX FZ70 Premium Accessories
DMC-FZ70K
DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter
Get closer with the Tele Conversion Lens - DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter for the 1.7X DMW-LT55 Conversion Lens.
DMC-FZ70K
DMW-LC55 Close-up 3X Filter
Discover the details with the DMW-LC55 Close-up 3X Filter.
DMC-FZ70K
Panasonic DMW-FL360L External Flash
Panasonic DMW-FL360L TTL external flash gives you precise control of the light in your scene.
DMC-FZ70K
Panasonic DMW-LPL55 Polarizer Filter
Polarizing technology to give you control of color saturation.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

654 of 682 people found the following review helpful.
5I Expected a Lot, but.......
By JJ
Initial impression: It's hard to believe what this camera's capabilities are until you've used one. I have bags full of camera equipment including a Mamiya RB-67, Pentax 6x7, Canon 5D Mk2, Canon T2i and a lot of glass so trust me when I say, this camera lives up to the pre-release hype. I originally had my sights set on the Canon SX50 which is a good camera, but falls short of its Lumix peer. My focus was to get an easy to use point-and-shoot camera for my wife since the SLRs were just too much for her to handle - but now she's going to have to fight me for it. I will update this review as I gain more experience with the video and special functions (which there are many) in the future. Until then, I recommend you get one while the price remains well below $400 because I don't think it will stay their long when the word gets out how great this camera performs.

UPDATE: After using this camera for nearly 6-months, I am still VERY happy with it and the pictures it produces - and would be glad to share some of the shots. I find the extremes between other reviewers ratings interesting since I have not experienced many of the negatives mentioned and have experienced most of the positive remarks. This camera simply works for me. I've shot everything from sports car road races to retirements to scenery with great success and carrying this 1 lb 7.2 oz camera sure beats the heck out of hauling my 12 lbs of 5D Mk 2, with dual battery pack and 50-500mm Sigma lens around all day plus a couple extra lenses and batteries in a camera bag. I also have no trouble taking my shots to 13x19 inch prints from either RAW or JPEG format files. I've also read this camera is big and bulky. Well, if you wear XXL gloves like I do, it fits just right in my hands. It also works much better in my wife's hands than the DSLRs we have (T2i in addition to the 5D)so she is happy too! The weight is simply not a concern to us as we've both carried it around all day without any problems or side effects. In fact, now that the price has dropped to $249 I'm going to buy another one to keep peace in the family.

Several reviewers mentioned soft pictures at the 1000 to 1200mm end of the zoom range. I'd bet your paycheck that most of the problem is camera movement since it is very difficult to hand hold any camera still enough at this extreme magnification to get a super sharp picture - regardless of image stabilization system employed. I've had much better luck using a monopod or even better, a solid tripod (as one reviewer suggested) to get those very sharp long range shots.

I also discovered the automatic backlit scene sensing and exposure system when I moved to the fully automatic setting - very effective!

But as I said, the proof is in the final product so if you would like to see a sample of images - reply to this review and include your email address and I'll share a few with you.

684 of 724 people found the following review helpful.
5Lots of Zoom! Low Noise! So far I am happy!
By Rolla Gravett
Update: 11/17/2014. I have used the camera for several months now and love it. I really like the zoom range of the camera from 20mm to 1200mm and it is my main daily carry camera. It takes great detailed photos and the noise levels are very good.

The is going to be a quick review on the camera and I will add more as time goes on. The FZ70 takes really good sharp photos, but hand held might be a problem in lower light levels. I went out yesterday evening and took some shots hand held and they all came out blurry. I should have paid more attention to the shutter speed.

The camera works fantastically in iA, which is the auto mode. I mainly use Aperture but was impressed with the auto settings.

It will go with a 60 second exposure in the Starry Sky Mode, which is under the SCN mode on the main dial.

The lens thread is 55mm so if you plan on using your filters from any other Pany camera, you will need a 55 to 52mm Step Down Adapter. Amazon has them for cheap. I don't think vignetting will be a problem using 52mm filters as the lens is way smaller than the filter threads on the camera. Here is the 55 to 52mm Step Down Adapter.

Goja 55-52mm Step-Down Adapter Ring (55mm Lens to 52mm Accessory) + Bonus Ultra Fine Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth

The camera has no shutter remote cord jack, so a shutter release cable will not work. My Yongnuo YN-560 flash will not work on the camera either. It physically hits the camera flash housing, which is raised a little. The answer to that is to use a wireless flash trigger with the Yongnuo Flash and that works fine.

Addition: I looked at the Yongnuo flash again and it will fit on the camera, but it is a tight fit between the camera flash and the Yongnuo flash housing. I modified the Yongnuo flash by taking some of the plastic off the flash housing where the camera flash is hitting, with a pencil grinder. It doesn't take much, and it is right in the middle of the housing. You could remove some of the plastic in the flash housing with sandpaper, but it would take longer, but will also give you more control of how much plastic you are taking off. Now my Yongnuo Flash works perfectly on the FZ70 camera!

The video does not have a progressive setting. Interpolated is the best you are going to get with this camera.

The FZ70 does not have a jack for a shutter release cable and does not have an infrared input either. The camera has to be set to a timer delay within the camera for 2 or 10 seconds. If it was a Sony or Canon, the timer is set and stays on till you shut it off. Unfortunately this camera requires you set the timer delay for each and every photo.

The longest the camera will go on exposure under the Shutter or Manual Mode is 8 seconds. In the Starry Sky Mode it will go 15, 30, and 60 seconds.

Like I said the lens thread is 55mm so your filters will have to be that size or use an adapter. The camera will use a teleconverter with the DMW-LA8 adapter, which is not available yet. Addition: Those LA8 adapters are available on Ebay now. They are being sold out of Japan though. I had that happen with the FZ200 camera as well and had no problem getting one from a Japanese Ebay member. There are several teleconverters that work well with this camera, but may not be needed as this lens rocks as far as zoom goes!

Update: An aftermarket adapter is now available for a good price.

Lens Adapter For Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (55mm) (Alternative For DMW-LA8)

It will take Raw pictures, but no one is supporting the FZ70 Raw files yet. It will come. Added: I found that FastStone will support the Raw files from the FZ70 and it is much better than Silkypix, in my opinion. Just Google FastStone and download and install the software. It is free.

Upadate: Raw for the camera is now supported in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Start up time is very fast. I was able to take a picture in one second after turning the camera on.

The focus button is on the top of the camera now. The AF/MF/Macro button is on the right side of the LCD instead of on the camera lens.

One thing I have noticed with this camera is the noise, or should I say the lack of noise! The shots I took at ISO 800 and ISO 1600 still look pretty good, and at ISO 100 noise is hard to find.

The camera will zoom to 60X (1200mm 35mm Equivalent) in the 16mp picture size. Setting the picture size to 10mp will give you 75X zoom, setting the size to 7mp will give you 90X, at 5mp you get 108X and at 3mp is 135X. This is Extended Optical Zoom. If you need more zoom than that, under IResolution, use I-Zoom for an additional 2X at all picture sizes and digital will give another 2X, but image quality will suffer. I took some shots at the 10mp picture size with I-Zoom on, and the photos in my photo software are showing 3030mm zoom and they look amazingly good! I will post a link to some shots in the first comment on the review.

There are two FN buttons on the camera that can be set the way you want them to be. I set FN 1 button to Bracketing and FN 2 button to Flash Control. I may change them as time goes on, but I find it really great to be able to get Bracketing with the push of a button.

I don't care much for the lens cap, and ordered a better 55mm one on Amazon.

eForCity 55mm Camera Lens Cap, Black

I use filters as it seems more often than not, I end up with my fingerprints on the lens filter. It also keeps dirt and grime from getting to the lens. It might offer some protection in an accident too. I would stay away from Hoya UV filters on this camera. I was using one for a while and noticed the photos look fuzzy at full zoom. I discovered it was the Hoya HMC filter I was using. I now use a Sigma UV filter on the camera and it works great with no distortion at high zoom.

Sigma EX DG 55mm Multi-Coated UV Filter

The camera does not come with a lens hood and none is available in the Accessories on the Panasonic web site either. It seems there is no lens hood for this camera at this time.

This is it for now. I will add to this review as time goes by, so check back often.

Addition:

I had a chance to check out the high speed picture mode with the camera and found this: At 2 fps (frames per second) all works as advertised and it takes 2 fps for an extended period of time. 5 fps - it takes 5 frames per second for 3 shots and goes back to the 2 fps rate. I tried it in Auto Focus mode and the regular mode with the same results. 9 fps - Once again, 3 shots and then the 2 fps rate. H Mode - the camera took a very fast rate of speed (at least 9 frames per second) for 9 shots, or 1 second. I have since found in the manual that at that speed the picture size is 2.5 or 3 mp. I forgot which. That is excellent. The last mode is the Flash and it will take 5 quick photos with flash before stopping. That could come in very handy at times.

I really like this camera. I like the menu system on the Panasonic Cameras too. I have the Canon SX50 as well, and still have problems with the menu settings and I have had that camera for 6 months. The menu system just doesn't make sense to me on that camera.

I did a shootout with the Canon SX50, the Pany FZ200, the FZ70, and a Sony Nex 6. The FZ70 images look about the same as the Canon SX50, and in my mind better than the Pany FZ200 camera. The last shot is a Raw shot from the FZ70 camera converted to JPG. The picture files can be seen in the Comments on page 12, the 7th post.

Added: After using this camera for a while now, I am even more impressed with it. It takes great pictures and I really like the Panasonic Menu, which is laid out well and easy to use. I am getting lots of keeper photos and the lack of noise in the shots is really appreciated!

Addition 10-29-13 I sent the first FZ70 back because the photos at high zoom were soft. To make a long story short, it turned out that the Hoya UV filter I was using on the camera was responsible for the soft photos. I have changed to a Sigma DG 55mm filter and the results are outstanding. Sharp clear photos at all zoom levels. This camera takes photos every bit as sharp and detailed as the Panasonic FZ150 or FZ200 camera and is as good as the Canon SX50 in sharpness as well.

240 of 255 people found the following review helpful.
5Immensely improved my picture taking ability
By K Guillory
This camera works far better than I expected. Literally just point and shoot for great pictures. I decided to try the Moon shot because it should be very difficult to hold the camera steady. The moon picture on Aug 4 2014 was not done with a tripod. Think I might have a typo and put the 14th instead of the 4th but the picture is what is important. It came out very sharp for a maximum zoom picture without a tripod. I will absolutely recommend this camera to friends and family.

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