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

  • 2014-08-25 07:00
    Nice bridge camera for the price, Elphaba "aj"
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    Nice bridge camera for the price. Carry it with me everywhere I go as a stand in for my DSLR.
  • 2014-08-25 07:00
    Excellent camera!, CA
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    Excellent camera! Could not be happier. Amazed at the photo quality, excellent zoom and versatility.
  • 2014-08-25 07:00
    The picture quality is TERRIBLE. I have been trying for a moth to ..., Steven Smith
    I judge a camera on how well it takes a picture. I did my homework and read all the reviews from reputable places. When I saw that they were giving the Lumix and the canon sx 50 each four out of five in picture quality I thought, for the money, I'll buy the Lumix. Boy was I wrong!. Forget about everything else this camera offers. The picture quality is TERRIBLE. I have been trying for a moth to justify my purchase but I've given up. It had such great promise. It feels good, the video is very good, It really had potential as a all around camera. If you want pictures that look ten times worse than your iPhone buy this camera. Otherwise, keep looking.
  • 2014-08-25 07:00
    Most amazing camera!!!, TheWaldo "W."
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    The zoom range on this camera is unbelievable. The base camera has a 60X zoom range making it the longest of any camera available at the moment. The total zoom range in mm is 20 - 1200 mm which is very impressive. Standard SLR lenses with those types of ranges would require several lenses and untold thousands of the cost of the camera itself. Yet this Lumix jewel accomplishes all that and more at a scant fraction of the cost. The camera is easy to operate, has an incredible amount of built in features and much more just waiting to be discovered by experimenting. An added bonus is the ability to extend the zoom range by selecting image resolutions less than the full 16.1M. While there are those who will always want to shoot at 16.1M for me it is overkill. Image resolution is a subjective issue. It is simply a matter of what you want to believe and are willing to settle for. I currently use a Sony DSLR compact camera like this Lumix, a Nikon D50 with several lenses but usually coupled with a Tamron 18 - 200. This D50 is a 6.1M camera and I have shot and enlarged flawless prints at 11 x 14 with total clarity. Some may take issue with this statement but excessive megapixels in a camera is much like owning a car that will run 150 mph when all you can go on the highway is 55 mph. The capacity is there..........but when, if ever are you going to utilize it. Now, if you are a professional photographer or a serious amateur and routinely enlarge to 16 x 20 or even 20 x 30 or more.....that is one thing. But if your basic need is for standard 4 x 6 prints and an occasional 5 x 7 or even an 8 x 10 then your eye will be hard pressed (if even able to) discern any difference between a 5M photo and a 16M photo.
    I said all that to say of the great features of this camera is the ability to increase the zoom range by selecting less than 16.1M resolution. I have taken it down all the way to 5M, still get crystal clear pictures and this increases the zoom range from 60X all the way to 270X! Yes, you read correctly!!! Then.....if you add the digital zoom you can end up with a total on camera zoom range of 675X. Have you ever heard of anything like this? Then for fun and games I took a Sony brand teleconvertor for my Sony that is rated for 1.7X and mounted it to my Lumix. The standard filter size for the Lumix is 55mm but I had bought a Goja filter adaptor ring in order to be able to use my several hundred dollars worth of existing filters. Many of them are 58mm so I simply bought a Goja 55mm to 58mm adaptor ring and viola......instant filter availability. just so happens that my Sony teleconvertor has 58mm threads and I was able to couple this right to my Lumix, which now takes the 675X max zoom of the camera with izoom and digital zoom, multiples it by 1.7 and now gives a total zoom range of 1147X. That is NOT 1147 is 1147X zoom range.
    Now.......I will admit, the camera is a bear to use in a hand held mode, but that is just what I did to see worse case scenario. I am going to post a couple of pictures taken hand held at these extremes so you can just see the potential this camera offers. My, my......we are almost talking spy type pictures from 10 miles off. I will let you judge the photos........not for clarity or subject matter.........but just for an example of the zoom range of this camera. I will say this here........the bus in the photos was roughly 500 feet from my position and all photos were taken hand held from the same spot.
    But even without the impressive zoom features......this is one heck of a camera. The pictures, even at 5M are crystal clear and will be certain to please. Then with all the built in special modes, the 11 or more internal filter modes, the 23 or so scene selection modes, and full manual mode with shutter or aperture priority can go any route that you need for your shooting needs.
    Another feature I like about this camera is that while filming a video you can press the shutter button and take a still photo. Or while viewing a video you can take still photos from the video. I am anxious to experiment with this more as I have a son in the band and I usually take multiple cameras to their concerts, etc. in order to video it and also take some still shots. With this camera I am hopeful to be able to do both with one instrument. We have the first White Shoe rehearsal this Thursday and our first football game this Friday. It will be a time to see what this camera can really do with its zooming ability from up in the stands.
    In closing, as a camera buff of many years (40+) I am well pleased with this purchase. I have had a Pentax SPII, a Pentax ESII, a Nikon N70, a Nikon D50, several smaller point and shoot type all in one cameras and now this Panasonic. For ease of use, range of features and cost vs ability......I put this Panasonic Lumix at the top of the pack in features. No, it does not have the quality that either the Pentax or Nikons do.....but then again..........this camera cost a fraction of what they did and some of the individual accessory lenses I have bought for them in the past cost several times the cost of this it is not even a fair comparison. But for expensive toys cannot begin to compare with the ability of this camera. I am well pleased with it. To see the zoom range please look at some of the photos I am going to upload.
  • 2014-08-21 07:00
    Beautiful photos!, Stephanie Heidenreich
    I have never looked so good in a picture from a point and shoot camera! The automatic filtering is awesome. I was hesitant to buy a new camera as I didn't think we needs one, but I am so glad that my husband insisted that we purchase it!
  • 2014-08-21 07:00
    Good image, great zoom, bisonoaks
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    Good image, great zoom, easy to use. Works best with a tripod to hold camera steady enough in low light conditions when the camera automatically uses a longer shutter time....otherwise the pictures are out of focus.
  • 2014-08-21 07:00
    Five Stars, timmary5
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    My wife loves this camera and is very happy with it
  • 2014-08-20 07:00
    Camera, RBR
    This is the greatest camera I have ever bought. I have used cameras for over 60 years and feel comfortable with making a statement like this. I just wish I had this camera when I was the school photographer in High School.
  • 2014-08-19 07:00
    Great Value. Many expensive SLR features in an affordable ..., BigDaddy56
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    Great Value. Many expensive SLR features in an affordable easy-to-use camera.
  • 2014-08-19 07:00
    good camera but some noise in the photos., ret tech
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    camera takes great pictures up close and pretty good at full zoom. there is noise in the photos done at zoom but that is too be expected at this price. the battery last a long time. I have gotten over 2000 photos per charge with no flash. Great video at full zoom however. I do a lot of nature shots and the videos come out the best I have seen in these conditions.
  • 2014-08-17 07:00
    Great camera, but the cost doesn't make it an amazing camera., Shyam T. Santhanam "shyamthirumalai"
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    The camera is everything you can expect.
    Amazing zoom, solid construction, good features. But...
    Disappointed about the lens, not the usual lieca lens. Understand that they had to cut cost, but still not up to the mark.
    Again the question comes about the cost. Camera takes a little longer to save the images.
    Low light performance is very poor.
    Other than that, the camera performs awesome in bright light conditions.
    For the cost its well worth the money, but it is not a camera you'll be amazed with.
  • 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!