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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User Review of the camera - Panasonic DMC-FZ70

  • 2014-08-15 07:00
    Three Stars, javier perez
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    He tenido que pagar 50 euros por aduanas
  • 2014-08-15 07:00
    Stuck Zoom Lens, Chris Silverdale
    I bought a refurbished Lumix DMC FZ70 camera to take photos during my vacation to Africa. When I first received it, the zoom was stuck at 7x. I would get a "system error" message if I tried to get the zoom past 7x. I got it to work by pulling out the lens. However, when I went on my trip a week later, the zoom was stuck at 1x. I would get a "system error" message. I could not get the zoom lens to work I was very very disappointed. After all, how often does one have an opportunity to travel to Africa?I wonder if this defect in the zoom lens is endemic and widespread. I would warn everyone considering this camera to read the reviews and check how widespread the zoom problem is.
  • 2014-08-14 07:00
    Nice camera but the SX-50 puts it to shame, IndyDon
    Wish I had purchased the Canon SX-50! I share the sentiment expressed by Randy Wakeman in his review of the camera. Nice camera but the SX-50 puts it to shame. I take wildlife photos and my photos do not come close to the focus clarity of friends with the SX-50. Sigh.
  • 2014-08-14 07:00
    Love, love, Elizabeth "Lizzyda"
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    Love, love, love this camera! I've had so much fun experimenting. Read through the booklet and DVD to get a good head start then get out and enjoy.
  • 2014-08-13 07:00
    Great point and shoot at excellent price, Beltless in Michigan
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    Was looking for a second camera body for an extended trip, but sought this one
    upon recommendation by a friend. I am very pleased so far. It is light, for easy
    carrying and for hand held focusing; the magnification is great. The auto focus
    is sometimes a bit slow, but eventually zooms in nicely. Simple to operate.
    Brief story about magnification: friend took a photo of a person about 1/2 mile
    away, then could not see the person with his unaided eye. Later found him using
    10 power binoculars. Photo was clear.
  • 2014-08-12 07:00
    Too much noise and blur, Timothy Bryan Moore
    Not up to the appearance that the look of the camera gives. Go with a dlsr or the Nikon 42x zoom.
    Zoom is great with a grainy image.
    Best used in the brightest sunlight.
    RWe raw file format that the FZ70 uses is unsupported by most software programs
  • 2014-08-12 07:00
    I chose it mainly for its zooming features and am most pleased with how things have worked out and pleasantly surprised ..., tiberious
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    I purchased this camera back at Christmas time and have used it numerous times. I chose it mainly for its zooming features and am most pleased with how things have worked out and pleasantly surprised by the additional features I am still learning about.
    Photography is my hobby so this review is coming from that angle. The pictures are crisp and clear. I only have enlarged one (8x10) that I did use the zoom feature on and it came out lovely.
    I guess it is a personal preference but I love the feel of the camera in my hands and the quality of the photos. Again I am an amateur and just like to walk about and take some photos and print some of them up or post them on tumblr. I receive good feedback on my posts on tumblr so I am going to say others find the color and quality of the photos to fine as well.
  • 2014-08-11 07:00
    A very good camera, Gerard Studley
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    This is working out to be a great camera. I'm not a photographer, I just take pictures. The FZ70 has replaced an older Panasonic Lumix model that I've been using for 7 years. This new one is much quicker boot up, it focuses faster, it is truly spectacular in low light conditions. As with all digital cameras, it has many functions which I will probably never use, but access to this camera's
    adjustments and settings is much easier and more intuitive than the old camera. In other words, Panasonic has produced a new model that improves greatly on the old model. I'm glad I bought it.
  • 2014-08-11 07:00
    Five Stars, Hillary
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    Amazing quality and price!! FAST SHIPPING!
  • 2014-08-09 07:00
    Five Stars, Pablo Gonzalez
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  • 2014-08-08 07:00
    Love the zoom, Gregory Barney "GAB"
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    Love the zoom. Hard to realize how close things get with a 60X zoom. I suspect that there are many options on this camera that the average "point and shooter" will never utilize.
  • 2014-08-06 07:00
    I did not like the camera, Susan Dills
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    I did not like the camera. The battery did not last very long and it was bigger and bulkier than I expected.
  • 2014-08-05 07:00
    Five Stars, Pa Chia Vang
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    It's a beautiful camera with amazing zoom!
  • 2014-08-04 07:00
    Immensely improved my picture taking ability, wang
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    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.
  • 2014-07-30 07:00
    Not disappointed, zoom is surprisingly good., mohead
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    I bought this camera for a recent trip across the southwest US. My first impression was that this camera is a bit bulkier than I expected. It is basically the same size as a DSLR, while many bridge cameras are smaller. The handgrip is good and it feels good and balanced when held.
    The photo quality is just awesome. I am no professional by any means, but I do appreciate the quality of this camera and the photos it produces.
    The things that I used quite a bit on the trip were the dedicated video button (you can start video recording at any time), photos during video (while recording, just snap pictures like normal) and the incredible zoom. While at the Grand Canyon especially, we used the zoom like a digital telescope to investigate things. I was sort of concerned that I wouldn't really use this camera's zooming capabilities, but I quickly found that I was capturing things and getting great crisp close ups of things that I would have passed on with my old digital camera; especially wildlife that we couldn't physically get close to. By the quality and clarity of the photos, you'd never know I was at least 50 to 100 yards away for many shots. The stabilization is outstanding, so at extreme zooms, you can count on crispness.
    Another great thing that I noticed is how quickly the camera could get from a standing start - meaning turned off to on, then booted up, then zoomed, then focused, then capturing the photo. On our trip, many things would just happen quickly and getting the picture required a quick camera. My wife gave up trying to use her Samsung S3 to get any quick photos because I could grab the camera and complete a picture with the FZ70 in about 3 seconds, no kidding. It's like boom, it's on and ready.
    I'm having some trouble forcing the flash on like the manual states. I have created my own program setting to accomplish this. I played with manual exposure settings to get some interesting effects. I tried to set it for extra long exposure times for star photos, but so far I can only get it to 60 seconds. There is a ton of options and settings, so I need to dig more.
    Battery life is good and the camera feels rugged, yet not too heavy. I'm very pleased with this camera and it is a good buy for the money.
  • 2014-07-29 07:00
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    I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch. But I have had numerous cameras in my lifetime and this is by far the best one I've ever had. The zoom length is amazing, the color and clarity are SO sharp and "right on". I highly recommend this camera.
    It's also quite eay to use. BUT you have to read the lengthy manual to take advantage of all of its capabilities.
  • 2014-07-28 07:00
    Awesome camera for point & shoot, Stanley Horwitz
    Awesome camera for point & shoot. I do volunteer work as a photographer at a zoo and I bought this camera because of the long-range focal length of its zoom lens, so I can take close up pictures of predatory animals from a safe distance. I am stunned at the quality of the images I get from this camera in its automatic mode. Its intelligent auto mode works so well that I rarely use the manual or other modes. My only gripe about this camera is that I use it so much, the labels on some of the controls have worn off. After I showed this camera and a few of the images I shot to a friend, he went out and bought one to take with him on vacation and he loves it as much as I do. I even took it with me on a trip to Mexico instead of my dSLR camera gear. One night I was on a ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen when a gorgeous full moon rose in the sky. I shot some spectacular photos of that moon with the lens fully extended, hand held and on a moving boat. Although I shot quite a few duds of the moon, I also shot some incredible photos with it on its intelligent automated mode.
    Mac users should note that it does shoot raw image files; however, a third party app is needed at this time to work with them on a Mac because Mac OS X 10.9 does not support this camera's raw mode files natively.
  • 2014-07-28 07:00
    not good, camera8
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    Took this camera out for the first time and had high hopes,fully charged battery then the screen would go blank while shooting,pictures I got were dull and lifeless,I have a Nikon L830 which has a smaller zoom but the quality is amazing,I have bought Lumix in the past and have been happy but this just seems bad as far as quality photos,built nice and tough but thats about all,Lumix should put out a point and shoot zoom with a Leica lens, that would make more sense! Screeen is not anti glare and does not move,really wanted it to work out...back to the drawing board Lumix!
  • 2014-07-26 07:00
    Five Stars, Betsy
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    I was able to take some awesome shots on my recent vacation. The 60x zoom is fantastic.
  • 2014-07-25 07:00
    Happy with the purchase, LAURENCE PURVIS
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    Everything is just as expected. Fast Shipping! Happy with the purchase.