DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

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GRHack New Member • Posts: 1
DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

I have just purchased the Panasonic DC ZS70 and for the life of me, cannot get the digital zoom to activate. I have gone through the manual and made sure I have all the settings turned off that will automatically disable digital zoom but still cannot get it to activate. What am I missing?

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90)
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Boo Veteran Member • Posts: 6,619
Re: DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

GRHack wrote:

I have just purchased the Panasonic DC ZS70 and for the life of me, cannot get the digital zoom to activate. I have gone through the manual and made sure I have all the settings turned off that will automatically disable digital zoom but still cannot get it to activate. What am I missing?

I have the ZS50/TZ70 and digital zoom isn't available to me as I shoot RAW and it's only available in certain image sizes - are you recording an image size/shape that precludes EZ being available?

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CaliforniaDave Senior Member • Posts: 1,455
Re: DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

GRHack wrote:

I have just purchased the Panasonic DC ZS70 and for the life of me, cannot get the digital zoom to activate. I have gone through the manual and made sure I have all the settings turned off that will automatically disable digital zoom but still cannot get it to activate. What am I missing?

Are you shooting RAW? Are you in one of the scene modes instead of something like A, P, S and M?

cagh New Member • Posts: 12
Re: DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

GRHack wrote:

I have just purchased the Panasonic DC ZS70 and for the life of me, cannot get the digital zoom to activate. I have gone through the manual and made sure I have all the settings turned off that will automatically disable digital zoom but still cannot get it to activate. What am I missing?

Well, you're certainly missing the "Advanced User Manual"

Download one and have a look at pages 236-239. Don't believe everything that's stated there, but at least it gives you some clues.

One thing that is definitely true is that digital zooming and the like do not work in case you are storing the picture (also) in RAW format - it works only in JPG exclusively! And even if you've got that right, then only i.Zoom works - the Digital Zoom option stays faded. {This might have to do with the notion that the menu system seems to be used in other models too, e.g. TZ 101/TZ81).

i.Zoom option gives you the doubling of the focal length by a factor two - just as advertised. Digital Zoom should enable another factor of 2, but I wonder wheteher you're really interested in it - I find the i.Zoom doubling already qualitatively worse than enhancing/cropping the RAW-picture later on my desktop. But in bright sunshine and with a steady hand you might be lucky to get a good shot out of it. Success!

Gal Root
Gal Root Regular Member • Posts: 465
Re: DC ZS70 Digital Zoom

GRHack wrote:

I have just purchased the Panasonic DC ZS70 and for the life of me, cannot get the digital zoom to activate. I have gone through the manual and made sure I have all the settings turned off that will automatically disable digital zoom but still cannot get it to activate. What am I missing?

Disable RAW.

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