Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FZ70 with 60x optical zoom










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Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-FZ70, a 16.1MP compact superzoom with a 60x optical zoom. Spanning the equivalent of 20-1200mm it’s the largest zoom lens available in a consumer compact. The FZ70’s zoom lens has a maximum aperture range of F2.8-5.9, and the camera introduces a new 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of 1080i60 video. A wind shield built into the camera’s stereo microphone is designed to improve sound quality on windy days (Panasonic claims a 70% improvement in signal-to-noise ratio), and the microphone itself is designed to ‘zoom’ with the lens, though Panasonic reps couldn’t provide details on approximate range.

Key Specifications

  • 60x 20-1200mm F2.8-5.9 lens
  • 16.1MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 1080i60 HD video
  • Raw shooting

The FZ70 more than doubles the zoom reach of its 24x Lumix DMC-FZ60 predecessor, which it effectively replaces. Naturally with such a long focal reach, the FZ70 offers Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. optical image stabilization. Like its superzoom peers, the FZ70 provides auto and manual exposure modes, as well as Raw shooting.

According to Panasonic, the FZ70’s impressive optics come from a production facility in Japan with a 25-year history of making lenses for CD and DVD players. Built with 14 elements in 12 groups, it includes 6 aspherical and 3 extra-low dispersion lenses. MSRP in the US at launch for the FZ70 is estimated at $399, a competitive number considering some of its 50x zoom peers retail for $450 and up.

First Impressions

We had a few fleeting moments to spend with the FZ70. Though we weren’t able to photograph the camera itself or share photos from it, we did get a chance to take it for a test drive, so to speak.

Side-by-side with the FZ60, the size difference in the lens is immediately obvious. The FZ70’s optics are much larger, as expected, making the camera’s overall footprint notably increased. It’s also immediately obvious that there’s something different about the stereo microphone sitting on top of the camera. The FZ60’s stereo microphones sit nearly flush with the chassis, while the FZ70’s sit higher with vented openings at the front and sides.

The camera hits a competitive price point at $399, and it seems that some concessions were made in build quality to hit that number. The camera is encased in a composite plastic that feels slightly cheap, especially on the bottom panel. There’s a nice deep handgrip though, and the command dial on the back panel makes it easy to change exposure settings quickly.

There’s no use resisting the temptation to immediately zoom in to 1200mm equivalent once the FZ70’s in hand, so we turned the camera to the streets far beyond and below the office. Zooming to the full telephoto end of the range is done in less than four seconds and the action of the lens is smooth. Using the FZ70 to its full telephoto potential revealed people on the streets below that we hadn’t been able to spot with the naked eye. Once focused on these distant subjects, we were able to track them without much difficulty.

Image stabilization is aggressive at the long end of the zoom, and it needs to be. At 1200mm equiv. there’s no chance of hand-holding and getting a clear shot, unassisted. The stabilization system fights minor camera shake effectively, shifting to a new subject relatively smoothly when panning across a scene. We tried the camera out in good midday lighting, so for anything less than ideal, a tripod would likely be necessary.

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Press Release:

The LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is the Category Leader with the Number One Zoom Power in the Industry* 

*As a digital camera as of July 18, 2013
*35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 18, 2013) – Panasonic today unveiled the new LUMIX DMC-FZ70 (FZ70) because life is more than just a single moment captured in time. That’s why the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is packed full of the best multimedia technologies Panasonic makes. Optically the FZ70 delivers from its amazing 20mm wide-angle to 1,200mm (60X) long zoom, making it a category class leader*. With F2.8-5.9 lens brightness, both video and photos will appear bright under low light conditions. Optical image stabilization assures that both long zoom photos and videos are sharp and free from blur. The FZ70 offers amazing Full HD 1080/60i video recording, thanks to Panasonic’s experience as a world leader in professional broadcast video. It boasts crystal clear audio due to a unique microphone that eliminates ambient noise and wind sound with the stunning clarity of Dolby® Digital. This unique microphone even zooms with the optical zoom to more precisely zero in on the audio coming from your subject.

Category Class Leading Super Long Zoom Lens

With a 60X optical zoom (20-1,200mm), the lens in the FZ70 is the widest and longest zoom in its class*. Its stunningly versatile ultra-wide 20mm to 1,200mm range makes it possible to capture dynamic landscapes, wildlife and almost any scene when traveling. At 20mm the lens captures a nearly 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm lens. Comprised of 14 elements in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, this advanced lens unit delivers exceptional optical performance by suppressing distortion at the wide end and color bleeding at the tele end.

* As of its introduction July 18th for long zoom bridge digital cameras.

2. A Little Extra Zoom Kick

Thanks to its Intelligent Resolution technology, the FZ70 can extend the zoom ratio up to 120X equivalent while maintaining the picture quality. An optional optical lens adapter can further extend the FZ70s range.

3. Amazingly Clear Zoom Microphone with Dolby(R) Digital Audio Quality

Recording video with the FZ70 is easy, but what’s really amazing is its ability to capture audio clearly. The recorded videos come with the highly realistic Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator and its sound quality is further improved in the DMC-FZ70 thanks to a newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone that minimizes wind noise by approx. 70% compared to prior models. Externally, the sealed structure prevents wind from hitting the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses retention of air internally. As a result, the sound is clear and comfortable to listen to even it if was recorded on a windy day.

* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

4. Full HD Video Recording

The FZ70 records full-HD 1920 x 1080 videos in both AVCHD and MP4 formats. A special, separate button on the top lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra changes. The Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting videos. The powerful 60x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording as well. 

5. New 16.1-Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine Deliver High Speed Response and High Picture Quality

A newly integrated 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the advanced image processor Venus Engine feature high speed response and high quality image even in high sensitivity recording. This contributes to enabling 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 less than a second.

* Max. 3 images

6.  Power Optical Image Stabilization with Active Mode

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration. The angular width that the FZ70 can compensate for is more than 200% wider than previous models at the tele-end, which allows for superior handheld 1,200mm super telephoto shooting. The Active Mode equipped allows for active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality.

7. In-Camera Creative Controls and Retouch

The Creative Control and Creative Retouch feature a total of 15 filter effects: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter and One Point Color. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while evaluating how it makes a difference in the picture: this can be used for video recording, as well*. The Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture even after shooting in camera.

  • Creative Panorama (13 effects) 
  • Creative Control (15 effects) 
  • Creative Retouch (15 effects) 

* Soft Focus cannot be used in video recording

8. Creative Panoramic Effects

With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and to put on a filter effect of Retro, Expressive, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Old Days, Cross Process and One Point Color.

9. Amazing Low Light Sensor Response.

While the FZ70 offers a bright F2.8-5.9 lens, it’s the new 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor that cuts noise by 10-15% and dramatically improves images in high-sensitivity shooting. Together with the Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality of the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 to even higher levels.

  • Panasonic comparison with the DMC-FZ60

10. iA Plus Mode

In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. In addition, the iA Plus Mode enables you to adjust defocusing area, exposure compensation and white balance by just moving the slider.

11. Optional Accessories The LUMIX DMC-FZ70 offers a variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.

  • Tele Conversion Lens – DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter for 1.7X DMW-LT55 Conversion Lens 
  • DMW-LC55 Close-up 3X Filter 
  • External Flashes – DMW-FL220 Flash, DMW-FL360L Flash, DMW-FL500 Flash 
  • ND / PL Filters – DMW-LNDH55 Neutral Density Filer DMW-LPL55 Polarizer Filter 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 specifications




















































































Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2736 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2304 x 2304 , 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1920 , 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 16.8 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Power O.I.S
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3)
  • MPO
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Color Saturation
  • Noise Reduction
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 20–1200 mm
Optical zoom 60×
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39)
Number of focus points 23
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Screen LCD Display
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder resolution 202,000
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.8 – F5.9
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Creative Video
  • Creative Control
  • Scene
  • Panorama Shot
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Sports
  • Panning
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery Handheld Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • 3D photo
  • Starry Sky
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 13.5 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive Yes (9 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p)
Videography notes 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i and 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps) ; 1280 x 720 pixels 50p/60p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25/30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 25/30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25/30fps)
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 200 MB internal
Connectivity
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini )
Remote control Yes (Optional DMW-RSL1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 400
Weight (inc. batteries) 606 g (1.34 lb / 21.38 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 118 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 4.65)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Additional Images

DMC-LX70 with flash popped-up DMC-LX70 with DMW-LC55 close-up filter







Comments


mrdancer

Speaking of the video, the 17Mbps listed is the standard for Blu-ray quality, although it is below Panny’s 27Mbps+ of their video cameras from a couple years ago. Photo cameras still have a ways to go to catch up to videocameras with respect to video, but then they wouldn’t sell many videocameras!

I’m guessing best video quality will be had at 720@60fps.


mrdancer

I would like one of these superzooms with android jelly bean, please! Then we could have all kinds of useful apps (like intervalometer) to make these cameras much more useful!

Also, how much larger would the lens have to be for a 1/1.3″ sensor, or even a 1″ sensor? I would rather have a 30x zoom with a 1″ sensor as opposed to 60x zoom with 1/2.3″ sensor.

Maybe the FZ250 will have all of the above? We can always hope…


mpgxsvcd

I really wish that interlacing and the term “Full HD” had never been invented. Yes this camera and most of the Panasonic and Sony cameras store their video in a 1080i/60 container.

However, the actual video is true 1080p @ 30 FPS. It is just encapsulated in a 1080i container. It is more correctly called 1080i/30p PSF.

I hope that one day interlacing will be phased out and dpreview won’t have to clarify what flavor of “Full-HD” the camera has.


mpgxsvcd

My telescope is only an 800mm lens! Why in the world would an entry level user ever need a 1200mm equivalent camera? They can’t possibly hand hold it at that focal length.

At least Panasonic is pushing the limits of reason in a good way. 20mm @ F2.8 is much better than all of the other super zooms.

I just wish they would make a simple 8 megapixel 20-400mm F2.0-F4.0 small sensor fixed lens camera. Give it the true 1080p @ 60 FPS video from the FZ200 and make sure it has RAW. That is a camera that would take great still images and videos.


Red5TX

So what’s a non-creepy reason why I might need this instead of a 600mm superzoom?


Waldman Jordaan

Boy, am I glad that I kept my Nikon tc-e17ed. Now this sounds like the Super-zoom to get – and sooooo wide 🙂
… but still no eye sensor?


Roland Karlsson

All you talking about bikini shots, or even better monokini. Have you considered that sun heated hot sand degrades the image quality at long distances?


peevee1

20 mm on the wide end, at f/2.8, is actually very useful and extends superzooms into a whole new market. 1200 mm at f/5.9 is an interesting curiosity and would require a sturdy tripod not to fall forward, and a remote release.
10-15% lower sensor noise is welcome, but still puts it behind the best small sensors from Sony and Canon.


Roland Karlsson

Interesting! 20-1200. All I ever need! Almost. Would have preferred 15-900 though :).

And all you saying that this lens have to be bad. We have to wait and see have we not. It is probably not spectacular sharp. But – if it is bad or not is yet to see.


jcmarfilph

A better camera would have been FZ200 with manual zoom and a larger sensor so nice try Pany. We don’t need another turtle popping its head out.


MrTaikitso

No articulated display! Such a pity, cannot get over how priceless they are. Once you have used one, it is hard to go back to fixed. Surprised at 60i video, that is a cop out and means people are not capturing true high quality smooth video. Consider what you’ll be viewing your video on in a few years from now, it will need to look good on that 4K TV!


mpgxsvcd

The video is actually 1080p @ 30 FPS(AKA 1080i/30p PSF). It is much better than true 1080i/60.


Leandros S

No sample images yet… move along…


Dazed and Confused

Opportunity missed – if it was a 61x zoom I’d have bought it.


Walsh_uk

Perverts and voyeur’s form an orderly line …


xmeda

Oh yeah… 1200mm, F5.9, 16Mpix at 1/2.33″ sensor
Pics must be “great”

Next time pls try 1/1.6″ BSI with 10Mpix and 20-120mm lens F1.8-2.8


Jákup

You mean the LX7? 😉


Artistico

The lens is made by someone with 25 years of expertise in making (presumably non-zoom) lenses for CD players? I don’t know about you, but that fills me with confidence that the optics will be absolutely pristine and perfect for this zoom range, offering image quality to rival anything we’ve seen before. Especially since it’s Japanese

Anyway, advertising claims aside – if I ever feel like getting a super-zoom for when image quality isn’t essential, the big selling point here is that it starts at 20mm rather than 24mm or even 28mm. That makes a huge difference and gives it a major edge over its competitors.


white shadow

How does 25 years of expertise in making lenses for CD players relate to making this superzoom lens?


Artistico

That was my point. Or wasn’t the sarcasm obvious enough?


0MitchAG

God I love this forum.


aris14

Nice try…
If this cam can deliver decent results It will be the best tool for paparazzis at least as a backup to their heavy staff they usually carry…


white shadow

No, they don’t need any other cameras anymore. This discreet baby is powerful and versatile enough for the job. Now, they can wonder around with ease waiting for the perfect opportunity and they can do it without anybody noticing.

Just one successful shot can more than pay for a few cameras.


mehran langari

only the zoom power is wonderfull but other specifications are not good …ofcorse internal memory is good job


TFD

Panasonic does not appear to have gotten onto the BSI sensor train. If this is a non-BSI sensor it would be hard to compete with the others.


bzeisman

whatever happened to the manual zoom of the FZ30 & 50?!? why did panasonic do away with that feature in all its new model bridge cameras?

and a fixed screen?!? they could have pimped it out a little more by adding a screen thats adjustable. fixed screen severely limits its usefulness.

the zooming mic is pretty awesome. wonder if other companies will incorporate a feature like that in their cameras.


KonstantinosK

Yeay! The ultimate beach accessory… And not only for guys, it seems. I often spot girls carrying superzooms at the beach lately…


OldZorki

And please do not forget macro capabilities


Greynerd

Probably not Leica branded as the Leica guy had to go into therapy after seeing this lens. The first ultra zoom fish eye lens that can apparently resolve to 16mp on a 1/2.3″ sensor. Interesting to see the results. My 20x TZ40 certainly cannot resolve 18mp on a 1/2.3″ sensor, 12mp in practice but Panasonic obviously find marketing a camera with not enough f’s difficult but I appreciate them trying so back to pixel packing..

Despite that it will probably be a handy little device within its limitations.


OldArrow

The camera with such an impressive set of specs should have been normally environmentally protected from the rain and dust, since it is so well suited for travel. Also, an articulated monitor would be welcome. It seems like a great all-round camera. Bravo, Panny!


ovatab

Equivalent 2040mm with optional DMW-LT55 Tele Conversion Lens!


Mister J

Don’t really care about the tele, but the 20mm wide is appealing, if Pana has managed to keep thing sharp.

Not sure how this cam fits with the FZ200 – cheaper build, electronics?

For landscapes and similar, my FZ150 hasn’t been too bad at all, even if the ergonomics are not top and highlights blow if you give it a chance.


fibonacci1618

This is frankly almost too good to be true, in that it offers ultra wide angle at one end, and ultra tele at the other end. Really wonder if the lens ends up making too much of a compromise at the wide end, or at the long end.. Will have to wait & see the sample results.

16mp on a 1/2.3″ really is pushing it. If the sensor has been further optimized so that the photosites more effectively capture light, & it ends up achieving the same quality results as an existing 12mp sensor, then fine. But I’m already sensing (pun intended) that 12mp is already pushing it in current sensors & ideally it should be 10mp for this small sensor size. Oh well.

I’m hoping that 16mp is an indication that Panny has designed the 1200mm end of the zoom to have high enough resolving power & quality… That would be an amazing feat in itself. And at f/5.9 to boot. Really not bad…


HumanTarget

I wouldn’t say 16mp is pushing it. With current technology, they’ve been able to get great results with pixel sizes under 2 microns, and sensor designers seem optimistic that technology will continue to improve.


Mr Justice Cocklecarrot

The Lens isn’t Leica endorsed.
Check front on pictures against the FZ200 which clearly has Leica Vario… printed on the inner rim.


sebastian huvenaars

Heyyy now i don’t have to book a flight anymore!

Can probably see the Eifeltower from here with this thing 🙂


Marty4650

Only 60X zoom? What a disappointment!

I hope it has 4X digital zoom too so you could do street shots of NYC from Newark NJ….


peevee1

It has 2x digital zoom.


SRT3lkt

Is that an electric shaver on top?


dedirg

It is time to briefly wait LX series with 20 mm f2.0. Go panasonic go..


white shadow

Wow! Very good attempt for Lumix to make such a desirable camera for such a price. For those who really want a gadget to play with, this is it. Take it to the woods for feathered birds, take it to the beach for featherless birds and wherever that might interest you.

Don’t expect DSLR quality for sure. Would have been better if they have used the same sensor as the FZ200.

Peeping toms are now laughing. Girls, better beware!


NetMage

If this has 15% noise improvement, it would be better if the FZ200 has the same sensor as this – as it is, the wide aperture of the FZ200 seems to combine with the noisier sensor (versus the FZ150) to barely make an improvement.


ddtwenty

May I remark here this is the widest lens compact ever.
I wish to see lx9 have this extra wide 20mm. too.


peevee1

“Compact” is not quite an appropriate term here though. 🙂


Zigadiboom

The way that this thing will be able to invade privacy will surely put Edward Snowden to shame.


Mahmoud Mousef

Replace Snowden with NSA / Google / Microsoft/ Apple / world governments / social networking / credit card companies / PayPal (ebay)/ your phone company.


yabokkie

not before you make toilet with huge windows
and bedrooms without curtains.
this camera should be okay because it doesn’t have a prism.


utomo99

If it can produce good images, with $ 399 price I believe many people will buy this cameras.
Now Panasonic must make sure that the images is good. and no other big problems.
Good luck


Frank Z C

With the smallest 1/2.3 sensor, you can not expect the images is good.


NetMage

The 41MP Nokia phone cameras implies there is hope, even though Panasonic isn’t great at sensors – at least the 16MP has the option for some aggressive NR to compete with better lower resolution sensors.


cgarrard

Remember when we were joking around on forums for a 24-1000mm zoom just a few years back- as in it was impossible?

Now this.

My goodness.


SRT3lkt

This is another universe, you just can’t remember how you get here.


Eric Calabros

We were joking for 24-1000 f/2 on full frame sensor. and its still a joke


cgarrard

There was that joke too but that came more recently because the FF people wanted what the superzoom crowd were already getting. 😉


tkbslc

20mm wide angle is insane, even if image quality has no hope of being even average.


Mahmoud Mousef

Canon’s repsonse should be interesting.

* 60X zoom!
* Wide angle of 20mm !
* Mics that cut wind noise. Yes please. At last some more attention is paid here.

Panasonic’s wording of this being a ‘bright’ lens is inaccurate at best, but this is interesting. And to top it off, using the existing ye olde DMW-LT55 teleconverter increases this 1.7x! (if you can find it in stores. Panasonic?)

Can’t wait to see how the lens and mics perform.


NetMage

I think Canon’s response should be a double pixel PDAF superzoom that raise the AF game and makes a practical cheap sports shooter.


The Customer

Be nice if they could have made it f/2.8 throughout the whole range, though. Still pretty cool, though… Baby steps…


tuan2195

the lens is 215mm at the long end… you’re asking for a 3.8-215mm f/2.8 zoom which is treading into DSLR territory! yes, the sensor is smaller, but f/2.8 at 215mm is about as big as the camera itself (70-ish mm in diameter)


Mahmoud Mousef

Simple price segmentation.
Like the FZ60/FZ62 from this time last year, it’s not meant to replace the FZ200 with constant f/2.8. It’s a mid-priced alternative to fit a cheaper price.


utomo99

We need to wait for FZ 250.
What panasonic will be offering on FZ 250


jcmarfilph

Ok anyone gonna bet that DPR will be rushing to review this toyzoom in a day or two?


Mahmoud Mousef

I hope so. Panasonic’s superzoom cameras are extremely useful.


Vlad S

20-1200 equiv? Holy moly!


vodanh1982

Well made for beach shot.


Aleo Veuliah

WOW, specially the 20mm will be great.


G Davidson

Wow what a range! For me the Nikon P510’s was 24-1000mm a revelation in convenience and I found myself capturing many shots that would have been impossible with my DSLR, often in decent quality. Now this seems to throw some ultra-wide into the mix.

As to anyone questioning the desirability of the zoom range, just look at it as a compromised version of what pros have been struggling to get for so many years; exotic perspectives that bring you in close to the action you might not otherwise even see.


xmeda

640×480 web result on facebook is not decent quality 🙂


DDWD10

More interested in the 20mm wide angle end.


RichRMA

One question is, why is the point in a huge zoom number if at the end of that zoom the actual resolution is lower than at a shorter focal length? Why not just do the zooming electronically, and avoid the issues of hand movements, slow f-ratio, etc? This presupposes the camera will be delivering pretty poor images at the long end but who knows?


G Davidson

With my Nikon P510, I’ve gotten some very good quality images at the long 1000mm end, especially when you boost clarity and sharpness in post. I don’t know how well this will handle it, but the Nikon’s stablisation works surprisingly well.


sportyaccordy

I am pretty sure optical zoom always resolves higher than digital zoom.


wkay

Where are you seeing that only limited resolution is avail at max focal length?


RichRMA

Ultra long zooms often peter out before they reach their longest reach. You could have a situation where the lens is providing more resolution at 5oomm than 800mm. In which case, zooming optically gains you nothing. Empty magnification is the term.


palinode

With that kind of range, this looks like a great camera for someone who doesn’t want an interchangeable lens setup. Maybe if you’re going on vacation and you want to catch some nature shots or take some video of friends and family.


raincoat

Exactly. If by nature you mean beach and by friends and family you mean strangers. Because we know that needs 1200mm


JJ Rodin

Finally a cam company using DSP to eliminate the wind noise/etc for video, surprised it not already pervasive.

Hope it works as well as advertised, even the slightest wind makes them mic huff & destroy the usuability/suitability of the audio.


edu T

Good news. I read it as a fully acoustic approach rather than DSP-based, though. (“the sealed structure prevents wind from hitting the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses retention of air internally.”)


Cipher

This should sell quite well for Panasonic. The average consumer will be wowed by the 60X zoom, the $399 price and the convenience of not having to change lenses.


chrisnfolsom

-Have enjoyed the Lumix brand for many years, and the quality, speed of their superzooms and ois…
-Still though, no articulated rear display – only 460K, and only 202K for the viewfinder? Seems like they lowballed your actual interaction with the image which I believe is important in photography.
-Some great specs 9fps, zoom and such – like the attention to sound and they kept the hot shoe although no touch screen, wifi (Eye-fi support?).
-Depending on the lens quality they might have a nice travel alternative for a more enthusiast client – perhaps not their target demographic…it seems like with the price point this might give a soccer mom a nice tool to record their children.


edu T

Why, they must be saving features such as a higher resolution articulated LCD (hopefully with touch focus, why not?) for the forthcoming successor of the FZ200 — this FZ70 is meant to supersede the lowlier FZ60.


Gesture

Reminds me a bit of the Pentax X-5.


NetMage

Panasonic’s superzooms have always had unfortunate EVFs and displays compared to others. I guess they have to compromise somewhere for their budget and this is one area they do so.

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