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Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FZ70 with 60x optical zoom

By dpreview staff on Jul 18, 2013 at 00:00 GMT
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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 1080/60i 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 (equivalent) F2.8-5.9 lens
  • 16.1MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 1080/60i 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 typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 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:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesPower O.I.S
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, 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 zoom60×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Screen LCD Display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution202,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 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 flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.50 m
External flashYes
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive9 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes1920 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)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included200 MB internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini )
Remote controlYes (Optional DMW-RSL1)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Weight (inc. batteries)606 g (1.34 lb / 21.38 oz)
Dimensions130 x 97 x 118 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 4.65)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 310
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RichRMA
By RichRMA (9 months ago)

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?

1 upvote
G Davidson
By G Davidson (9 months ago)

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.

1 upvote
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

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

3 upvotes
wkay
By wkay (9 months ago)

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

1 upvote
RichRMA
By RichRMA (9 months ago)

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.

7 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

With all the comments about small sensors and high resolution, I think a good new feature would be automatic adjustment of NR and down sampling for JPEG output based on ISO and zoom, so that you always get a good image (even pixel peeped) no matter the situation. It would produce good 8MP at full zoom in the evening, 12MP at full zoom in sun, 16MP at wide angle and sunny landscape, etc. The RAW would still be available for those who want to control everything themselves.

It could potentially allow faster zoomed fps (for sports) and more images stored without wasting space on empty magnification or noise.

0 upvotes
palinode
By palinode (9 months ago)

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.

0 upvotes
raincoat
By raincoat (9 months ago)

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

3 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (9 months ago)

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.

2 upvotes
edu T
By edu T (9 months ago)

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.")

2 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (9 months ago)

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.

1 upvote
chrisnfolsom
By chrisnfolsom (9 months ago)

-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.

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edu T
By edu T (9 months ago)

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.

1 upvote
Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Reminds me a bit of the Pentax X-5.

0 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

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.

0 upvotes
samualson
By samualson (9 months ago)

The fixed LCD is a downer but adding RAW is a huge plus. No camera is ever perfect and you will never get every feature you want but if this one produces good images it will be a big seller.

Even if the images are very good you can count on guys like [joms] to bash them regardless, but we all know what he's about.

Like others have said this is Panys second tier camera.

1 upvote
Sergey Kostrov
By Sergey Kostrov (9 months ago)

Impressed by 60x optical zoom and it is clear that the 'Zoom War' continues.

>>...Viewfinder resolution: 202,000

It is really too low.

>>...Sensor size: 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

A pixel size is ~1.34 microns and I look forward to seeing real images taken with the camera.

0 upvotes
Joel Halbert
By Joel Halbert (9 months ago)

If you check, you'll find that 202k for the EVF has been pretty standard for a few years. Only recently have a few bridge cameras (like the Panasonic FZ200 for example) gone to >1Mp EVFs. I had the same concern about the new little LF1 EVF, but I realized that I have a couple of older FZ cameras with 202k viewfinders, and they are quite serviceable though not high tech. Kind of like watching VHS tape.

2 upvotes
PLShutterbug
By PLShutterbug (9 months ago)

If youve used a 1Mp EVF you'll never want to look through a 200Kp EVF again. FZ200's EVF is fantastic.

0 upvotes
HaroldC3
By HaroldC3 (9 months ago)

Next up, Canon announces a 75x zoom P&S camera...c'mon folks.

I guess as long as you have people who think the more zoom the better companies will keep increasing the zoom range in these things.

0 upvotes
Gary S
By Gary S (9 months ago)

It IS better, if you have a desire to use it. I'm going to love it for Surfing photos. Right now I use a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS with 2x converter, attached to either my 1D III or my 7D. I have Panasonic zooms, they're nice. And this new one will double the reach I have with them. Small & light compared to my Canon gear.

2 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (9 months ago)

But Gary S, the sx50 is a known quantity & great photos can be had, why do not already have one? Besides, a 12mp sensor, polished and working well DSP for it, why not already?

0 upvotes
Gary S
By Gary S (9 months ago)

JJ, it did appeal to me at first. Some reports about the focus had put me off for the time being. Panasonic has surprisingly fast focus in the compact zooms. I'll see how the early reports look when they begin.

2 upvotes
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

The existence of this camera doesn't preclude the existence of others. It's definitely not my bag- I'd rather a good prime. But this development is good and will carry over to everything Panasonic does.

0 upvotes
utomo99
By utomo99 (9 months ago)

20mm wide is more interesting than the 60 or 70x zoom.

4 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (9 months ago)

Sadly, I do not even consider a 1/2.3" sensor camera if it has more than 12mp.

Strange that 'need more cam sells' companies do not realize that their 'magic processing' really does not make up for itty-bitty photosites, 12mp is more than enough for these camera types, R U listening ???

Untill a new 'physics' is created, cell sites need 'rooom' to suck in those photons, no magic DSP makes up for physics!!

3 upvotes
Gary S
By Gary S (9 months ago)

Agreed. The 16mp is disappointing to see. But they said it was a newly designed sensor. Maybe they'll surprise me.

1 upvote
utomo99
By utomo99 (9 months ago)

I hope their new sensor work good enough to produce good images. lets wait.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

With the relatively dark lens, they should have stopped at 8 mpix in 16:9 (about 10 in full 4:3 if not using multi-aspect-ratio, although they should have). This way would be much easier to hardware-downsample to 1080p video, would have higher maximum fps and longer buffer, and full res would precisely match future 4k displays. Higher sensor res is useless anyway.
With brighter lenses, like f/2, it could take a little smaller pixels.

0 upvotes
HumanTarget
By HumanTarget (9 months ago)

Not sure why all the complaining about the megapixel count. Cameras with smaller pixel counts DO NOT provide better images. It's been shown again and again.
And do you really think the difference between the pixel sizes pf 12MP and 16MP are that extreme?

0 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

Higher resolution gives the option to use heavy NR and down sample in low light with better results in bright light, unfortunately Panasonic has had a tendency to be noisy even at low iSO so hopefully the improvement in this sensor will make both options usable.

0 upvotes
Dodge_Rock
By Dodge_Rock (9 months ago)

Hey, wait a minute. It still has the small P&S 1/2.3 sensor. I already have one of those. Still, $399 is a good price.

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2 upvotes
Sbona
By Sbona (9 months ago)

Leica lens? There is a Leica symbol in the body, but not at the lens.

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JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (9 months ago)

Leica design, Pany made? Could be. This has to be a hard lens to make well, lots of DSP correction I bet-in camera like all of these cams (most) use.

0 upvotes
PLShutterbug
By PLShutterbug (9 months ago)

It's the Lumix "L", not the Leica dot.

1 upvote
TurboElephant
By TurboElephant (9 months ago)

My Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has both the "L" logo and the Leica name above the lens.

I wonder if Leica maybe does not want to be associated with this product which could potentially be subpar (in relation to the high end Leica brand name).

60x zoom on a 1/2.3" sensor, I'm already not really satisfied with the quality of my 20x zoom Panny (past 10x zoom), so I'm really skeptical but I'd welcome a review for sure...

Edited because the post above me suggest "L"logo stands for Lumix here, which would make sense. Mmm it somehow resembles the Leica "L" with a different color...

Marketing <insert Bill Hicks video> *sigh*

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Gary S
By Gary S (9 months ago)

Nice. Although all my DSLR gear is Canon, I have a number of Panasonic compacts including the FZ200, FZ150 and LX7. I like to shoot Surfing, some bird photos and a little urban wildlife. That zoom appeals to me for Surfing and Birding. I wonder if they're just about to announce a higher end version with better video. They tend to announce two zooms close together.

2 upvotes
Dodge_Rock
By Dodge_Rock (9 months ago)

...and it shoots RAW. Wheeeeee!

Can't wait to try it out. Wouldn't it be something if the IQ of the new sensor turned out to be OK? Even in low light at the long end. Oooooh.

3 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

Surprised Pansonic back tracked on saving RAW in their FZxx models - perhaps they think the constant aperture is enough of a justification for the FZxxx pricing, which hopefully means a successor that retains that but adds wider angle and higher MP less noisy sensor.

0 upvotes
Prairie Pal
By Prairie Pal (9 months ago)

Superzooms are reducing themselves to ridiculous extremes now.

0 upvotes
Gary S
By Gary S (9 months ago)

It might seem that way to some, but when it comes to Surfing and Bird photos, 1200mm is just starting to get you to a good range. 20mm on the wide end rocks though! Very ambitious lens design.

6 upvotes
buri pakath
By buri pakath (9 months ago)

Surfers? Birds?..I thought this new zoom was invented to watch the bikinis from afar without getting sand in my shoes.

11 upvotes
Prairie Pal
By Prairie Pal (9 months ago)

But is the image taken through these telescopes "worth" exhibiting at resolutions beyond just viewing on monitors? Asking...not being rhetorical.

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Son Of Waldo
By Son Of Waldo (9 months ago)

@ buri - who needs shoes? I just hope it auto focuses decently from my air conditioned balcony.

1 upvote
W5JCK
By W5JCK (9 months ago)

@Prarie Pal, the short answer to your question is that the images will look okay, not stellar, on computer monitors, tablets, and smartphones. But if you try to zoom in to a full crop of a portion of the image it will look bad. This category of camera is strictly for amateurs who shoot 99.99999% of their photos in full Auto mode.

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NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

You should try one sometimes - you might be surprised at what it can do today.

0 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (9 months ago)

DPR needs to stop saying full 1080p and say 1080p30 or 1080p60 or 1080i60 or what ever. Most smartphones shoot full 1080p but none shoot 1080p60 and this camera also does not.

7 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (9 months ago)

In the summary we used the phrasing "1080 HD 60i video". In the press release, Panasonic used the phrasing "Full HD 1080/60i".

In marketing speak HD typically just refers to the resolution of 1280x720, while Full HD refers to 1920x1080.

5 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (9 months ago)

720p is just 'higher def', 1mp, lets face it 'Full' HD is not really high def, othewise why the H3LL 16mp or 20mp, 2mp is high def?

I agree with Joe Ogiba, start a new streamlined phrase to describe this, less words are GOOD!! Less words decreases confusion, many are confused already apparently, even moreso when you get into how the sensor is scanned, via 'i' or 'p', so reduce the confusion LESS WORDS but consistent words!!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (9 months ago)

I consider anything not 4K low resolution. In 5 years, anything not 8K is low resolution.

0 upvotes
MarioV
By MarioV (9 months ago)

No matter how you look at it, they've crippled it with 1080i60.
Why not 1080p60 ??

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

It's rare from Panasonic these days NOT to have 1080p60. Not a big deal in practice if you can set shutter speed as you want, but something else to distinguish itself for the future FZ250.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (9 months ago)

The target market probably has no clue about the range of zoom and sensor size so marketing team wins over photographic tool team.

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W5JCK
By W5JCK (9 months ago)

That is very true. And the target audience probably will not try to print large images from their photos. They will most likely just view the photos on an LCD screen. So for the target audience a larger zoom will get their attention even though the image quality on this camera will look terrible compared to a dSLR with comparable FL lenses. The target audience are those who know very little about cameras and who will probably never shoot outside of full Auto mode.

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Silvio Fernandes
By Silvio Fernandes (9 months ago)

Impressive. But for me, the most interesting thing is this super wide angle (20mm), since the end of the zoom range is the same as the Canon SX50 HS (1200mm).

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Horshack
By Horshack (9 months ago)

Terrible timing for Nikon, who just released their 800mm full-frame lens. Maybe they'll cancel its production :)

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Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (9 months ago)

Or more realistically, too bad for the Nikon Coolpix division making the Nikon superzooms; they face yet another higher number in the zoom wars...from a competitor.

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Parappaman
By Parappaman (9 months ago)

Epic sarcasm detection FAIL.

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Mahmoud Mousef
By Mahmoud Mousef (9 months ago)

Parappaman,
I got the sarcasm fine, but I think answering tired DSLR quality comparisons in a serious way is where the real humour is to me. (hey, at least I smiled on the inside)

Many knock the quality of superzooms, but they are fantastic lightweight and inexpensive tools. Yes, there will always be better quality choices. If you can afford them. Or enjoy yourself carrying them :)

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coody
By coody (9 months ago)

Its price $399 will kick the Canon SX50 HS out of the market. But, the Canon successor of the Canon SX50 probably will do something change. The best buying strategy now is to wait until Canon announcement in September.

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