Panasonic announces the Lumix DMC-FZ70

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Ever wish you could take a tighter shot of something, but you just couldn’t get close enough for a good quality picture?  Well, with its 20mm wide to 1200mm telephoto f/2.8-5.9 stabilized optical zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 just might give you that chance.  It’s also notable how ultra wide it is; 20mm f/2.8 is impressive on any super-zoom.  This may be Panasonic’s most versatile “bridge camera” yet.

The newly announced 16.1MP Panasonic Lumix FZ70 super-zoom “mini-SLR” with a 60x O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) zoom easily bests the previous FZ60 zoom range of only 24x.  The FZ70 boasts much improved image stabilization at the long end of the zoom, minimizing camera shake induced by the exceptional 1200mm zoom length.

There’s a new 16.1MP CMOS sensor that promises improved noise levels at higher ISOs for smoother low-light performance and the added ability to shoot raw photos.  For audio/video enthusiasts, you can shoot 1080i60 HD video with auto focus, and a new special, sealed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone is said to reduce extraneous wind noise by a staggering 70%.

It remains to be seen if the improved features will work in real life as well as they appear to us on paper.  I only wish they would have upped the ante even further with an articulating LCD and improved EVF specs.  If it came down to a decision based on specs between this camera vs. Panasonic’s current flagship, DMC-FZ200 super-zoom, I’m not sure which would come out on top.

It’s due out September, 2013, at an expected price of approximately $400.00.

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  • Chriszzz July 20, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Unfortunately, it uses a dinky little 1/2.3 sensor, the same size as every other Tom, Dick and Harry compact camera out there. Its tiny size means noise noise and more noise under low light. So while you might get more range out of the lens, you won’t be getting better quality images.

  • Leah Hallett July 22, 2013, 12:11 pm

    You’re correct in that I don’t think many low light shooters will be drawn to this camera. Consumers looking at this camera should be more the outdoors or nature shooting type. The image quality in those conditions should be optimal.

    Let’s wait and judge noise when the production camera becomes available.

    Mobile cameras with their small sensors are currently driving the technology evolution behind most all compact sensors. Panasonic does mention on their FZ70 spec page:

    http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-FZ70K?t=specs&support#tabs

    the use of a 1/2.3-inch “High Sensitivity MOS Sensor” which I believe/hope could be using this technology:

    http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2013/02/en130204-6/en130204-6.html

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