Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70

Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2012
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Revealed April 2017
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS60
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS70, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the L610 (16MP) and the ZS70 (20MP) is pretty close and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L610 was brought out 5 years before the ZS70 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the L610 scores against the ZS70 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Panasonic ZS70

 L610 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Nikon L610

 ZS70 L610 
RevealedApril 2017August 2012Newer by 57 months
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS70

 L610 ZS70 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and size. The Nikon L610 comes with outside dimensions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") with a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS70 has specifications of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS70 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at the time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the L610 against the ZS70.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L610 and ZS70 is 90 and 87 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to see the difference in sensor dimensions purely by looking through a spec sheet. The image underneath may give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the L610 and ZS70.

Clearly, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Panasonic ZS70 to render extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs much more aggressively. The more aged L610 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography information
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (20MP)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (240g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
boasts touch to focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography information
long zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (120 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
provides tracking focus
good battery (380 shots)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon L610
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS70
lighter than others in class (240 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
long reach (350mm)
missing Timelapse function
low battery life (120 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
good battery (380 CIPA)
boasts touch to focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography info
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
low battery life (120 per charge)
missing Timelapse function
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
saves RAW files
good battery (380 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L610 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging factors
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (240g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone socket
rather wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone port
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS70
 Nikon Coolpix L610Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L610 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-08-09 2017-04-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW photos
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 49
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-350mm (14.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options - Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 240 gr (0.53 lbs) 322 gr (0.71 lbs)
Dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 120 images 380 images
Battery form AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $150 $450