20.30
Megapixels
30.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70
Resolution: 20.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: 30.00x zoom
(24-720mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 80 - 3200
Extended ISO: 80 - 6400
Shutter: 1/16000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 3.3
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.
(112 x 67 x 41 mm)
Weight: 11.4 oz (322 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 05/2017
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Full specs: Panasonic ZS70 specifications

Panasonic ZS70 Review -- First Impressions

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Panasonic ZS70 Review -- Product Image

In early 2016, Panasonic catered to compact travel-zoom fans with the Lumix ZS60. Now, the Panasonic ZS70 follows in the footsteps of that camera, debuting a subtly-restyled body and a number of new features predominantly aimed at making the new model more attractive to selfie shooters. Much like the ZS60 before it, the Lumix ZS70 sports a far-reaching 30x optical zoom lens in a pocket-friendly body, weighing just over 11 ounces (322 grams), ready to shoot with battery and memory card.

At the heart of the Panasonic ZS70 sits a new 20.3-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the company's Venus Engine image processor. Although its resolution has been increased just fractionally from the 18-megapixel sensor of the ZS60, that change is unlikely to be noticeable in the real world, and doubtless has more to do with taking the ZS70 across the psychologically-important 20-megapixel threshold, satisfying fans of bigger-means-better megapixel ratings.

Panasonic ZS70 Review -- Product Image

On paper, linear resolution has risen by just a touch less than 6% over the earlier model, for final image dimensions of 5,184 x 3,888 pixels, up from 4,896 x 3,672 pixels in the earlier camera. And the slight increase in resolution will likely bring with it an equally slight reduction in performance and increase in noise levels. That's borne out by a reduction in the longest shutter speed in Artistic Nightscape mode from 60 seconds in the previous model to just 30 seconds in the ZS70, as well as the removal of the earlier ZS60's ultra-swift 40 fps super-high speed capture mode when shooting with electronic shutter.

But the new sensor isn't the big story here. Instead, it's the addition of a new articulation mechanism that allows the Panasonic ZS70's 3.0-inch, 1,040k-dot display to be flipped upwards by some 180 degrees, allowing for selfie shooting from in front of the lens while being able to preview your framing and pose. This change brings with it a little added heft, with height and depth both increasing by around 0.1 inch (~3mm), and weight by some 1.4 ounces (40g).

Panasonic ZS70 Review -- Product Image

And simply flipping up the newly-articulated display, whose underlying panel is unchanged from that of the ZS60, will automatically put the Panasonic ZS70 into Self Shot mode to help you get the best possible results. Various functions are available for selfie capture, including a 4K Selfie mode, as well as in-camera beauty retouching with 10-step control over skin softness and slimming functions.

Nor is that all on the creative front. There are also new face and buddy-shutter functions in the ZS70, as well as two more custom white balance modes. And the addition of a new focus stacking function will make it easier to get the results you're looking for from macro shots, as well. Panasonic has also removed standard-def VGA movie capture from the spec sheet, or at least limited its availability solely to high-speed recording. And that, save for a 19% increase in battery life when using the LCD but an 11% decrease in battery life when using the viewfinder, is about it for the changes as far as we can see.

Panasonic ZS70 Review -- Product Image

In other respects, the Panasonic ZS70 looks to be a whole lot like its predecessor. For a small-sensor, pocket-friendly compact it's still reasonably swift, yielding a manufacturer-rated full-resolution burst speed of five frames per second with autofocus between frames, or as much as 10 fps without. On its front deck, the ZS70 boasts a far-reaching Leica DC Vario-Elmar-branded 30x optical zoom lens which provides everything from a generous 24mm-equivalent wide angle to a very powerful 720mm-equivalent telephoto. Maximum aperture falls from f/3.3 at wide angle to f/6.4 at telephoto. As in earlier models from the series, it has a 12 element, nine-group optical formula.

Also retained from the earlier ZS-series models is the Panasonic ZS70's five-axis image stabilization system, which helps to reduce the impact of blur from camera shake -- something that will be pretty important towards the telephoto end of the lens' range. And like the ZS60 before it, the Lumix ZS70 also sports a 49-point Light Speed AF system which relies on Panasonic's clever Depth from Defocus technology to speed focus acquisition. Also provided are both face and eye-tracking functions.

Panasonic ZS70 Review -- Product Image

On the rear panel of the Panasonic ZS70, you'll still find an electronic viewfinder based around a 0.2", 389k-dot dot LCD panel with a field-sequential design. What this means is that every pixel switches between red, green and blue colors alternately at high speed, providing full color information at every pixel location and thereby increasing the perceived resolution to a 1,166k-dot equivalent, according to Panasonic. If you prefer to frame at arm's length, the now-articulated LCD monitor is still a three-inch, 3:2-aspect type with a resolution of 1,040k-dots.

As with its predecessors, the Panasonic ZS70 boasts integrated 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity with which to get photos onto your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. And it also boasts 4K video capture at a rate of 30 frames per second in MP4 format, as well as Full HD video at 60 fps.

The Panasonic ZS70 will be available from late May in black or silver for a list price of about US$450.

 

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