Panasonic DMC-FZ70 16.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On July 18 2013, Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-FZ70 60x SuperZoom compact camera (aka FZ72 in Europe). The camera matches the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, and Fufjifilm FinePix SL1000 in terms of telephoto reach at 1,200mm, but its 20mm wide-angle field captures a wider perspective than any of those cameras can manage. The DMC-FZ70 featuers a 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, 16.1 Megapixels High Sensitivity MOS sensor, a 20-1,200mm f/2.8-5.9 (35mm equivalent) lens with image stabilization, Venus Engine image processor, eye-level EVF with 202k dots, 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) full-HD video recording in AVCHD or MP4 format, 3-inch rear LCD with 460k dots, hot shoe, built-in flash and stereo microphone.

The DMC-FZ70 comes with the LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 60x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm). The lens is comprising of 14 elements in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion). The 20mm ultra wide angle lens captures approx. 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm angle of view. It can support high speed burst shooting at 9 fps in full resolution and the Light Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities together with the quick start-up time of approx. 0.9 sec. A variety of special effects are also integrated - Creative Panorama, Creative Control and Creative Retouch featuring a total of max. 15 filter effects. The DMC-FZ70 is listed for $399.99.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ70 Camera Reviews Roundup

Pocket-lint - Dec 17 2013
"If you're after a big zoom at a fair price then the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 has a lot going for it. Premier to its feature set is that massive 20-1200mm equivalent zoom which offers more range than the competition out there. In practice we found above the 1000mm equivalent to be a bit too soft, but it was rare we needed to max out the zoom. Even so, none of th..." More »
80out of 100
Reviewed - Nov 29 2013
"If you're looking for extremely accurate colors, this camera can hang tough with some of the better DSLRs out there. That's certainly impressive, but it's one shining result in a sea of mediocrity. In practice, the FZ70 leaves a lot to be desired in many areas, and many of its shortcomings can be directly attributed to that monster zoom. Cramming a 60x zoom..." More »
75out of 100
What Digital Camera - Oct 21 2013
"The race between manufacturers, or rather between their respective marketing departments, to sell more cameras by printing ever bigger numbers on the box, has led to some impressive technical innovation over the years, with incredibly high-resolution sensors and ever-more-powerful zoom lenses. However this has not always resulted in better cameras. Small ov..." More »
83out of 100
ePhotoZine - Oct 19 2013
"Detail is good at both ends of the lens, there is a little purple fringing but it is generally kept to a minimum. To get the sharpest pictures possible when using the lens at its longest you're well advised to use a tripod if possible. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, this allows you to get really close for excellent macro shots. Noise..." More »
90out of 100
NeoCamera - Oct 17 2013
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is a feature-rich ultra-zoom with the widest field-of-view and longest zoom of any fixed-lens camera. Its 60X optical zoom offers dependable image-stabilization and a previously unseen 20-1200mm equivalent range. This versatility is both highly practical and fun. Inside the FZ70 is a high-resolution 16 megapixels CMOS senso..." More »
75out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Oct 16 2013
"The first area of consideration when it comes to the FZ72's image quality performance has to be the camera's lens. When you cram such an extended focal range in to one retractable optic there are always fears about overall image quality, but the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 avoids the worst pitfalls. Although it doesn't excel in one particular area - be it its 20mm..." More »
70out of 100
Photoxels - Oct 06 2013
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 packs a punch in a DSLR-styled digital camera with features that should appeal to everyone and especially two groups: travel photographers who want to capture shots ranging from 1 cm macro closeups, to wide vistas and super tele shots; and beginner students of photography who need a camera with all the important manual functions..." More »
Not Rated
Photography BLOG - Aug 22 2013
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a very pleasant camera to use. It feels solid in your hands and responds well to commands. The zoom is fast without being too fast that you miss where you want to be. Focusing is super fast, and the start-up time is brilliant. We got some great shots using the camera for the short time we had it. As with any camera that has a..." More »
90out of 100
Imaging Resource - Jul 18 2013
"Panasonic appears to have just lapped everyone in the superzoom camera race -- at least in terms of zoom range -- by offering a whopping 60x optical zoom with an equivalent range of 20 to 1,200mm in the just announced Panasonic FZ70. While that's not a longer telephoto reach than, say, the Canon SX50, which also can zoom out to 1,200mm, the FZ70's zoom rang..." More »
Not Rated

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  • 2014-10-17 07:00
    This is a great camera for the price! It can zoom up to 120x! I've gotten EXTREME close up photo's with this, that came out amazingly clear! I have a photo of the moon that fills the entire frame, and it's almost perfectly clear! I would recommend this camera for any hobbiest photographer. It has it's own little editing program built in, to make photo's look better. The battery life is good, and the feel of the camera is good. The lens does not come off, but you can add filters, a hood, and a telephoto lens built for this camera on it. Highly recommend.
  • 2014-10-14 07:00
    So far this has been a great camera. The zoom is unbelievable, Amazon Customer
    I have had this now for 1/2 a year. So far this has been a great camera. The zoom is unbelievable. I have been using this recently to take football pictures of my son playing on Friday night. It takes great zoom pictures of the play on the field. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again. Before buying, I had considered buying a much more expensive SLR camera with multiple lenses to accommodate the zoom I wanted. I am happy I didn't spend all the extra money.
  • 2014-10-13 07:00
    Super Good Review ;-), miniwiits
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    Well...I can't wait to upload some pictures I bought because with the 3D feature, the possibilities are endless and you don't have to be a "rocket scientist" to figure the gizmo out. I'm a Writeographer and the 60X zoom is the reason I went the Lumix route, without paying an "arm and a leg"! I'm a major budgeter and with my hubby retiring at 53, taking pictures to me is very important right now to look back on in our prime. Why pay $$500 on up for camera's because of the "brand" name or because it has more features than one could even use with knowhow. I love it so far and it's only been a week....will let ya know if this glee lasts. To me, nothing is any good if it doesn't go at least 3 years electronically minus any headache malfunctions:-)
  • 2014-10-10 07:00
    Amazing zoom! Incredible camera!, Javier Yores
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    I just bought this camera in refurbished condition and it came just like new! This is a great camera with awesome price and incredible zoom!
  • 2014-10-09 07:00
    My third Lumix, NewYork16
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    The camera is great! Getting great telephoto shots and wide angles too. My only wish is that it had a Leica lens like my other Lumix cameras. Some people say it doesn't matter but I think it does.
  • 2014-10-08 07:00
    Thanks Amazon for easy exchange and prompt shipping, Patricia Marshall
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    So far it meets my expectations. Thanks Amazon for easy exchange and prompt shipping.
  • 2014-10-06 07:00
    Five Stars, Ed DeCleva
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  • 2014-10-05 07:00
    Overpriced, unimpressive, unreliable, Shannon M
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    I've had this camera for 3.5 months. From almost the moment I got it I've been disappointed. I used to have a Sony DSC H50, which I got in 2008 for considerably less than I paid for this. Frankly, the Sony took better pictures. And I'm not one of those people expecting DSLR quality from a camera like this; I just don't think this takes nice pictures.
    The main problem, as I see it, is the intelligent mode. In bright daylight, it's fine, but in any sort of low light, I think the intelligent mode makes poor decisions as to whether to raise the ISO, or shutter speed, etc. So I kept getting pictures that were blurry and/or grainy. And, of course, one could argue that I could make these adjustments myself, but when I'm just trying to take a decent candid shot of my kids running around playing, i just want to use auto mode and let the camera do it's thing. Which my old Sony had no problem with (despite having significantly less impressive specs).
    I debated returning this camera from the moment I got it, and I really wish I had. But I kept expecting it would get better, and returning it seemed like a hassle, so I didn't.
    Then today, I used it, took a picture using the long zoom. And then the zoom froze. Now the lens seems to be stuck, and it won't zoom at all, nor can it take any pictures because it can't even move to focus.
    So not only was it very mediocre, especially considering what I paid for it, but totally unreliable. And now I'll have to mail it in and go through whatever process making a warranty claim entails, during which time, I'll have no camera. I hope I can get a refund, and not just a refurbished version of this piece of junk.
  • 2014-10-03 07:00
    Five Stars, Roberth Reyes "Rereyes"
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    Excelente producto
  • 2014-10-02 07:00
    While it takes a great picture, for me it was like having to ..., NannyB
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    This camera is a bit bulky and does not feel as solid as I thought it would. While it takes a great picture, for me it was like having to go back to school. I went on line to get the manual because the hard copy that came with the camera had two problems. The print size was too small to casually refer to it...and there are all kinds of signs that I did not understand and there is no glossery. So that made it difficult for me to figure out what I needed to do in different situations. It also means that if I am out and have a question, I would have to be near MY computer where the manual is stored. If I had a choice at this point...I would have gotten a Cannon!!! But this Panasonic is acceptable. I had no problems with delivery etc.
  • 2014-09-30 07:00
    This camera is just what a I needed., Jeffrey K.
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    This camera is just what a I needed. The zoom is incredible. The auto features make it great for beginners. Great bang for the buck.
  • 2014-09-30 07:00
    Camera Dad, Justsulliv
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    I bought this for a trip to see my baby daughter. I put over 1000 pics on it on one battery charge, and still havent had to change the sd card. I also go video and used the long distance lense quite a bit. I would say its definitely worth the money. It may be a little clunky for some.
  • 2014-09-30 07:00
    which I just loved, after it broke I decided to purchase this ..., Linda C Wilson
    Even though I had an older model of the Lumix Camera, which I just loved, after it broke I decided to purchase this newer model for my main camera. After being able to use it right away I knew it would be a great camera to take on my vacation. So far I love the newer features on this camera!!1
  • 2014-09-28 07:00
    it's a great bridge camera, Kenneth Root
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    it's a great bridge camera. works well and for me it's perfect, i can get extra lenses to put on it like a UV or CPL and others. it's a standard 55mm so they are easy to find. the pic quality is excellent. just wish is was a higher Megapixel but i couldn't afford that. this is a great camera for the money. and it's fast. ready to shoot as fast as you turn it on.
  • 2014-09-26 07:00
    Top Dog For The Price!, Mark Bilger
    Best bang for the buck that you're going to find anywhere from any brand. $299 for everything that a $400-$500 camera does? What a deal. This is known as a Bridge model camera because it bridges the gap between a Point & Shoot (with very little to no features) and the dSLR world where you find all the bells and whistles. This is everything that a dSLR is, except it has a smaller sensor (not that awfully important to most users), the LCD screen doesn't move and stays flat on the camera body, and the lens is permanently attached.
    If you've been wanting to leave the simplicity of just pushing one button and actually learn photography, this is undoubtedly the best path to go because of the price and full blown features. It shoots in JPG and/or RAW (pro feature). It has facial recognition. It can be used in automatic, aperture priority, shutter priority, or full manual modes. It does scene modes, shoots 1080p movies, the auto focus is fast and accurate, and Panasonic image stabilization is one of the finest on the market. It has stereo sound from two built-in mics and an input for a stereo external mic. Flash hot shoe is rare at this price range too. It does in-camera HDR if you like. The 60X lens is one of the longest you can get and it has an "intelligent" zoom mode that will let you reach 120X before you see image deterioration. I'm sure it also uses Leica-quality glass which is top notch. Even then it has a digital zoom beyond that for even more zoom length although I refuse to use digital zoom.
    All in all, this camera will just plain knock you out for the price. I blew it in September 2014 when Panasonic had this camera for $249 with free shipping as a one weekend special. You might watch for that or just buy it from Amazon at $299 because $299 is still a steal for everything this camera can do. You won't be sorry.
  • 2014-09-25 07:00
    this is such a fun camera to play with, leah leonhard
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    this is such a fun camera to play with! and the battery really lasts a lot longer than most. I love the feel of the camera due to the grip on the right side.
  • 2014-09-25 07:00
    Awesome Camera for $300, Dale M. Ulkins "DMU"
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    I have a wonderful Nikon DSLR but wanted a portable camera with a long lens. The camera does an infinite amount of tricks and the zoom is just incredible. I have received so many comments on the moon photos I've posted on Facebook. I actually took a HAND HELD 1200mm shot of the moon and it came out perfectly. A tripod would would make that particular job easier, but I still got a great shot. Dollar for dollar, this is the most rewarding $300 I have ever spent.
  • 2014-09-24 07:00
    Five Stars, Tom Starrs "TCS-in-TuCSon"
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    Fabulous camera!
  • 2014-09-21 07:00
    A lot of function but disappointing at the 1000 - 1200 range., HLA
    I am a little disappointed in the zoom. It is powerful but not as sharp as I would like. The camera is loaded with features. I have an older Lumix, 12MP, 24X zoom that I love. The camera is very light and on the small size but larger than my older camera. It can be challenging to hold it steady. I thought I would give this one a try. I don't know if I will keep it.
  • 2014-09-21 07:00
    Awesome, Sandra L. Criner
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    Best camera I've ever owned. Awesome zoom and the absolute clearest, crisp pictures you will ever take.