Excerpt: I use my camera for everything, hiking, sports events, kids and traveling. The zoom lens is phenomenal in grabbing closeup shots of birds and wildlife. The macro feature takes amazing, clear closeups of insects, flowers and other tiny objects. It is light and easy to carry. The batteries last long enough that I have just one spare that will recharge in plenty of time before the other runs out. The video is extremely vivid and sharp.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Lightweight
Excerpt: This is definitely a traveler daily camera. Zoom range helps you shoot different subjects. Wide angle enough for most of the situations. Of Course high zoom reduce image quality litlle bit. But I can tell an amateur or memory photographer will not be upset with quality. Also HD video options are sufficient for daily users.
Excerpt: I bought this camera 2 weeks before I was leaving for Africa for a Safari. I already owned a Panasonic (24 zoom) and loved it. But going on a Safari, I thought a 60 Zoom would be better. It was great!! Got wonderful close ups of so many animals without having to carry another lens with me. The camera is relatively easy to use (I of course found it very easy due to already owning a Panasonic). The only issue I encountered was using the camera at night.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Great Zoom
Excerpt: I am a huge nature fan and bird watcher and I really wanted a camera with a bigger zoom than what I was using (Panasonic FH25). I did some research and found the Panasonic FZ720. I LOVE the 60X zoom! I have been able to get some great bird/critter shots without getting so close and scaring them off. I also enjoy using the macro mode to get real close up to natures patterns. The only thing that isn't so great, is the amount of time it takes to take the picture.
Excerpt: I am not an experienced photographer and really wanted a camera that was easy to use right out of the box. The Lumix DMC-FZ70 was that camera! What I love about this camera is that I was able to take some really beautiful shots using the fully automatic mode and I can experiment and learn in the manual mode. I am also looking forward to using my Lumix to make short educational videos. I have not yet done that so stay tuned!
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Summary: First of all the camera is a tad larger than my Canon SX50 which is a plus because I can hold it more comfortably and steadily and yet surprisingly about the same weight. As any camera there is a learning curve on how to operate it and some people just don't want to learn. Yes it does have a lot of bells and whistles and once you learnt it it's actually a cool camera.
Pros: Inexpensive, Durable, Exceeded expectations, Convenient, great zoom range, built quality, good battery life
Excerpt: Bought the FZ70 when I noticed that I was often attaching a teleconverter to my failing, but not quite dead, FZ100. I have APSC equipment, with lenses up to 500mm, but was using the FZ as my "walking in the woods" camera almost exclusively for the convienience and weight. I figured that the extra zoom range would be welcome, but worried about hand holding a 1200mm equivalent lens in the less than perfect light that comes with shooting birds and wildlife.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Fixed Rear Screen, No Cable Release Port, No lens hood
Summary: Owned for a few weeks now. Used almost exclusively for nature photography, ranging from close ups of insects to distance shots of birds. The FZ70 does many things well: it has a great zoom, the buttons for control of the features are easy to reach, even when your eye is pressed to the viewfinder (after a bit of practice), and has enough stabilization to allow sharp, handheld photos at full optical magnification.