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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- Bring the action in super close with category class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm)
- Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus
- Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality
- Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm / (5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65 inch)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||400 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||9 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||8 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3), MPO|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||200|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.82 x 4.65 x 5.12 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||895 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||40 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts/Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||1,200 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||20 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine|
|Remote Control Description||Optional DMW-RSL1|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p)|
|Viewfinder Description||202000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Bring the action in super close with category class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm) Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality
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Long Zoom Camera Leader
Panasonic LUMIX FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60X Super Long Zoom and Dolby® Digital Sound
Life is more than a single moment captured in time. Never miss the action with an amazing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 compact digital camera equipped with 20mm wide-angle to 1200mm (60X) long zoom F2.8-5.9 lens. Experience Full HD video with auto focus and an amazing wind shielded microphone that zooms with the camera to zero in on your subject’s audio.
Never Miss A Shot Even With Action Photography
The LUMIX FZ70 takes your photography to the next level with blazing fast speeds of up to 5 fames per second (fps) AF or 2fps with continuous AF Tracking, keeping your subject in focus even while it moves. An even faster 3 frame burst at 9 fps helps lock in those fast moving, once in a lifetime moments. Click to See More
Amazing Low Light 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
LUMIX FZ70's bright F2.8-5.9 lens with 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor delivers phenomenal image quality in high-sensitivity shooting scenes. The camera's sensor cuts noise by about 10-15% and dramatically improves image quality vs. previous models. With the Venus Engine, this superb sensor elevates response, sensitivity, and image quality. Click to See More
Shoot Impressive Pictures With iA (Intelligent Auto) / iA Plus Mode
iA (Intelligent Auto) of FZ70 digital point and shot camera helps you make beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions. The camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photos and videos. Adjust background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance for even more flexible control by simply moving the slider. Click to See More
Panasonic LUMIX FZ70 Premium Accessories
Get closer with the Tele Conversion Lens - DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter for the 1.7X DMW-LT55 Conversion Lens.
Panasonic DMW-FL360L TTL external flash gives you precise control of the light in your scene.
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UPDATE: After using this camera for nearly 6-months, I am still VERY happy with it and the pictures it produces - and would be glad to share some of the shots. I find the extremes between other reviewers ratings interesting since I have not experienced many of the negatives mentioned and have experienced most of the positive remarks. This camera simply works for me. I've shot everything from sports car road races to retirements to scenery with great success and carrying this 1 lb 7.2 oz camera sure beats the heck out of hauling my 12 lbs of 5D Mk 2, with dual battery pack and 50-500mm Sigma lens around all day plus a couple extra lenses and batteries in a camera bag. I also have no trouble taking my shots to 13x19 inch prints from either RAW or JPEG format files. I've also read this camera is big and bulky. Well, if you wear XXL gloves like I do, it fits just right in my hands. It also works much better in my wife's hands than the DSLRs we have (T2i in addition to the 5D)so she is happy too! The weight is simply not a concern to us as we've both carried it around all day without any problems or side effects. In fact, now that the price has dropped to $249 I'm going to buy another one to keep peace in the family.
Several reviewers mentioned soft pictures at the 1000 to 1200mm end of the zoom range. I'd bet your paycheck that most of the problem is camera movement since it is very difficult to hand hold any camera still enough at this extreme magnification to get a super sharp picture - regardless of image stabilization system employed. I've had much better luck using a monopod or even better, a solid tripod (as one reviewer suggested) to get those very sharp long range shots.
I also discovered the automatic backlit scene sensing and exposure system when I moved to the fully automatic setting - very effective!
But as I said, the proof is in the final product so if you would like to see a sample of images - reply to this review and include your email address and I'll share a few with you.
You get unbelievable value for the price, but still you are getting what you pay for--20-1200 mm zoom, RAW images (requiring a ton of post-processing and correction for vignetting, etc.), sort of HQ video (very useful for documentary purposes, but not for filmmaking), surprisingly good macro capabilities (focus at 1 cm), and decent color rendition. I like my colors a bit oversaturated, and use the Happy setting for most shots (sorry professionals). De gustibus etc.
The 1200 mm equivalent zoom is not terribly useful unless you have a reason to photograph large objects covertly from a distance in broad daylight. It hasn't helped me at all with birds on the Potomac and I reckon that for most subjects you wouldn't want to use more than half of that zoom in good, bright daylight. Still the lens is very flexible and gives you a terrific choice of FOV for everyday subjects.
The aperture is only five point something at full zoom--not the greatest--and the tiny sensor yields a softer focus across the board that you might expect--softer and noisier, IMHO, than some cellphone and pocket cameras of comparable size. Low-light performance is pretty bad, but the camera is far from useless in low light.
On the other hand, the 20mm wide angle is very useful both for interior shots and for photographing buildings. Add this to the surprising macro capability and you get two very strong points in favor of this outfit.
There is a new and upgraded version of this camera, the DC-FZ80, which adds 4k video of TBD quality, focus stacking, two more megapixels on the sensor, (I think) an external microphone, and a few other substantial improvements. Same old lens. Apparently no longer has in-camera memory (??). The early reviews suggest that the image quality is still a bit sub-par from a pro point of view, but the circa $400 purchase price definitely makes the new model a bargain, though not nearly as much of a bargain as this model.
There are a number of in-camera special effects filters, some of which are fun--though the effects are easily equaled or surpassed in Photoshop or The Gimp.
I probably won't upgrade, but would definitely consider the FZ80 as opposed to the FZ70 if I were moving today from a pocket-model point-and-shoot or a lens-limited cell phone. The additional functionality might not justify the upgrade, but would definitely enhance a first-time purchase.
This old model is still a hands-down, amazing bargain as long as you know what you are getting. If you are on a budget and are looking for a good learner-type advanced camera, you might well consider snapping up the FZ70 while it is still available. I've had more fun with mine than a barrel of monkeys and it shows no signs of wearing out.
NB--the attached snapshots have all been slightly post-processed in an antique version of PhotoShop and reduced in size for Web publishing. I include a raw video snippet from the Women's March. Relata refero--judge not lest ye be etc.