Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70K 16.1MP Black Digital Camera
6 January 2014
Summary: Are there better cameras out there? Sure there are. Does this one offer a great balance between features and price - Yes. Great zoom (though at the limits light and noise become a factor), decent ergonomics. One the negative, the construction does not feel very solid so a bit more care may need to be taken.
Excerpt: I have done two zoom tests at 60X and less during the day and in the dark. The day zoom is fantastic with no complaints. In the dark, at 60X zoom, the auto focus tracking is an issue. The noise of wind is reduced drastically. See the links to check for your self. Panasonic DMC FZ70 zoom test at 60X during the day Panasonic DMC-FZ70 Zoom test at 60X in the dark I hope it helps in you making a choice. It is a fantastic equipment for travel photography.
Summary: This camera does NOT have a Leica lens. Costco's specifications for this product are incorrect in saying it does: ""Lens Specifications: LEICA 60x Optical Zoom (20mm-1200mm in 35mm equiv.)"" It is a Lumix DC Vario lens made by Panasonic. All Panasonic cameras having a Leica lens show the word Leica on the lens housing. I suggest you check the Panasonic web site for correct specs on this camera.
Summary: 2. Sensor is small to accommodate a reasonable sized super-zoom camera, so don't expect great low light performance.
Pros: Fast start up, low lag
Cons: 1. Small apertures, as expected for a compact zoom P&S, but particularly at the telephoto, the aperture range is f/5.9 to 8. No amount of optical image stabilization (OIS) is going to help at 1200mm with that combination of aperture and reasonable ISO. And the OIS in this camera is nowhere near what a DSLR or even the Olympus OM-D cameras can do.