Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
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Panasonic's bridge camera sacrifices performance for an absurd zoom.
27 November 2013
Conclusion: If it seems like I'm a little tough on this camera, it's because it could have been so much more. Though the "bigger is better" mentality would lead you to believe that the lens on this camera was something to behold, it actually isn't. Despite that enormous focal length, quality suffers greatly, and it's very noticeable.
Summary: This lens is coupled with a state-of-the-art 16 MP CMOS sensor with fast 9 FPS drive and full 1080p HD video capability with stereo sound. Manual-controls, including manual-focus and custom white-balance are also provided in a body with plenty of external controls. Image-quality of the FZ70 is competitive and visibly improved over previous generations. The output is perfectly usable to ISO 400 with a gradual decrease in maximum print sizes thereafter.
Pros: Extreme wide-angle, 20mm-equivalent, Good lens sharpness, Low optical distortion, Quick autofocus in good light, Fast shutter-lag, Quick and responsive, Awesome LCD visibility, Usable video framing overlay mask, Plenty of controls, Good ergonomics, Respectable battery-life
Cons: Softness from, Noise visible at all ISO, Poor color accuracy, Very slow autofocus in low-light near telephoto, Self-timer resets, Modal EC control, Minuscule EVF, Not always
Excerpt: What a whopper! It looks like a compact digital camera but sure as hell offers far more than your average CDC. The 60x zoom runs all the way up to a 35 SLR equivalent of 1200mm but â€” note this! â€” it begins from a super wide 20mm equivalent. That means you can shoot close shots of sports players from the sidelines and then cover cramped interiors with the same camera. You can also buy a 1.7x tele conversion lens that will take the focal length to 2040mm! Beat that!