The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is a 16.1MP compact superzoom with a 60x optical zoom, spanning the equivalent of 20-1200mm. The FZ70's zoom lens has a maximum aperture range of F2.8-5.9, and the camera introduces a new 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of 1080 HD 60i video. A wind shield built into the camera's stereo microphone is designed to improve sound quality on windy days (Panasonic claims a 70% improvement in signal-to-noise ratio), and the microphone itself is designed to 'zoom' with the lens.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Compact Camera
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- 16 MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
- 20-1200mm F2.8-F5.9 equivalent lens with Power OIS stabilization (60x optical zoom)
- ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 6400)
- 1080 60i and 25/30 fps HD video (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
- 3-inch fixed LCD with 460,000 dots
- Electronic viewfinder with 202,000 dots
- PSAM modes plus auto and scene modes
- Creative Panorama, Creative Control, and Creative Retouch modes
- Built-in zoomable microphone with built-in wind shield
- Pop-up flash and hot shoe
- SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2736 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2304 x 2304 , 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1920 , 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|Image stabilization notes||Power O.I.S|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||20–1200 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 - F5.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x)|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT Screen LCD Display|
|Minimum shutter speed||8 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||13.50 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||9 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p)|
|Videography notes||1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i and 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps) ; 1280 x 720 pixels 50p/60p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25/30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 25/30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Storage included||200 MB internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini )|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional DMW-RSL1)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||606 g (1.34 lb / 21.38 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 97 x 118 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 4.65″)|
Low light noise
has anyone done a low light noise test ? all the sample gallery pix were taken with good light so theres no clue in the gallery !
DMC FZ70 - rated FZ50 (-3)
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583 To employ a manual lens would create speed and accuracy in composition, as would a front wheel under the shutter dedicated to the instant EV adjustment small sensors demand; that retains the thumb for camera grip and steadying duties.
FZ70 has Good Images but moving subject Video gets out of focus
The camera FZ70 is good and easy to use. 60X Zoom, Aperture Priority, Panasonic FZ70. This was shot in the night using a tripod and a timer of 10 seconds and without a flash. The subject was about 250 metres away. The camera is easy to use. Good for travel photos. 30X zoom, Aperture Priority, Panasonic FZ70. This was shot in the night using a tripod and a timer of 10 secs and no flash. The subject was 100 metres away
Video Zoom Tests for Panasonic DMC-FZ70 during lights and in the dark
I have done two zoom tests at 60X and less during the day and in the dark. The day zoom is fantastic with no complaints. In the dark, at 60X zoom, the auto focus tracking is an issue. The noise of wind is reduced drastically. See the links to check for your self. Panasonic DMC FZ70 zoom test at 60X during the day Panasonic DMC-FZ70 Zoom test at 60X in the dark I hope it helps in you making a choice. It is a fantastic equipment for travel photography.
Only 3 per burst ?
I've been trying to use burst mode but I can only get 3 images per try. I've tried different settings but nothing makes a difference. I set the FZ70 to 9 or 5, jpg, 10m (and 16m), P mode. I get 3 images. Plenty of light. What's up?
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3584670 Sherm Continue Reading
3 frames per burst is normal for 9 fps. The manual claims up to 100 frames for slower burst rates, with the caveat that The number of burst pictures is limited by the picture-taking conditions and the type and/or status of the card used. Unfortunately, I don't think anybody's cracked the code on how to achieve much better than 3 frames. Continue Reading
upgrading on a budget…suggestions??
Heyyy all, I've been obsessing since xmas over what camera I should upgrade to…I've been ok with mediocre product photography in my Etsy shop for the last year because 1) I seem to be selling stuff despite my shortcomings and 2) I couldn't really afford to do better. Well at xmas my husband basically said "let's step it up a notch" and very sweetly bought me a surprise canon powershot sx500 and I responded "aww thanks but it doesn't have a hot shoe :( :( " which I'm convinced (kind of?) that I should have if I'm going to upgrade at all because it seems like that's the best way to get the photos I want in the environment I have (small, lowlight) with less editing than I'm doing now. So we returned it and the hunt continues. Right now I'm eyeing the Panasonic Lumix FZ70 on Amazon because it's at $279 new. But I'm pretty sure I'll never need a zoom that serious. From what I've read, it seems that some of the picture quality has gotten sacrificed because of the zoom….is there anything ...
Yep, a bit of learning is in order. Think of a camera like a car. There are different categories, each better at different things. You cant just throw money at it and get a "better car" that works better for everything. There are tradeoffs. Turns out that more zoom generally means less image quality. Tiny sensors are better at big zoom and they dont take pics as well. Big zoom lenses tend to not let in as much light, which is referred to as a limited max aperture (the bigger the F number on the lens, the worse off you are...ie. F3.5-F6.8 sucks. it means zoomed out 3.5 is the max, zoomed in 6.8 is the max.). To get better pictures you need one of several categories of camera: a) Enthusiast compact zoom - These are sony RX100, olympus XZ-2, Pentax MX-1, Canon S110/S120, canon G15/G16, Lumia LX7 and LM1, Nokia P330 and P7800. Theres a few other ones too. These all have weak zoom, from 3.7x to 7.1x, but larger than normal sensors and pretty big apertures around F1.8 max. ... Continue Reading
Thanks for all the suggestions Joseph! I'm gonna look into all the models you mentioned. I do actually have a tripod which extends to 4 feet that I haven't gotten enough use out of. Will dust it off and set timer as you suggest :) Continue Reading
As this is product photography I'll assume static subjects. These can be take with pretty much any camera using the same technique : Long Exposure, Low ISO. Use a timer to ensure no vibration from touching the camera. However ... Product photography is best done using controlled lighting. That means something like a Light Tent with lights to match. Something like this : http://store.tabletopstudio-store.com/specials.html You don't need flash as you can use continuous light sources. Continue Reading
What is i.ISO?
My FZ70 has an ISO setting of i.ISO between Auto and hard ISO numbers. What is i.ISO?
In addition to brightness, iISO will also take movement into account. This will typically result in higher ISO [higher noise] when movement is detected as the camera will tend toward a faster shutter speed - a bit of a double-edged sword. I recommend avoiding anything starting with 'i' as they usually introduce their own caveats outside of your control. Continue Reading
Ideally, you should set ISO manually depending on light and subject. But if you are in a situation where the action is quick and the subject is moving in and out of various light, iISO might be a good option. I use it for birds. One less thing to fiddle with when time is critical. Bruce is right, sometimes the camera selects a higher ISO than needed. And sometimes it selects a too low of an ISO (and therefore shutter speed) - e.g., for a BIF. When doing a burst, I find that iISO often delivers a variety of ISOs and shutter speeds for basically the same pic, maybe between ISO 100 and 400, sometimes ISO 400 pic is the best though noisier. I would try setting ISO manually unless that causes missed shots or you tend to forget to change back to a lower ISO after using a high one (like me!). Continue Reading
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|DIGITAL STILL CAMERA||1 (ONE) YEAR||1 (ONE) YEAR|
|CCD||6 (SIX) MONTHS||90 (NINETY) DAYS|
|RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK)||90 (NINETY) DAYS||NOT APPLICABLE|