- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
- 606g - 130 x 97 x 118mm
- Launched July 2013
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic FZ70 overview
Panasonic FZ70 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on July of 2013. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The FZ70 stands at #60 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #527 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized factors.
Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic FZ70 history
The Panasonic FZ70 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can discover all past and current models alongside important specifications.
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FZ70 vs FZ30025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ20025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ6025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ15025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ4725-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ4025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ10025-600mm
FZ70 vs FZ3527-486mm
FZ70 vs FZ2827-486mm
Panasonic FZ70 Gallery
You can see the FZ70 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic FZ70 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic FZ70 based on aspects which are often viewed as important in a digital camera.
Panasonic FZ70 Sensor info
The Panasonic FZ70 is powered by the Venus Engine processor. The sensor specification in the Panasonic FZ70 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. This ISO can also be widened digitally to a high of 6400. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath illustrates the FZ70's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The FZ70 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic FZ70 dimensions
Panasonic FZ70 weighs in at 1.34 lb (606 grams / 21.38 ounces) and features exterior measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Panasonic FZ70 is weightier when compared with various rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic FZ70 alongside a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will show you the button design on the FZ70.
Panasonic FZ70 Lens info
The FZ70 features a built-in lens providing a focal range of 20-1200mm giving it a 60.0 x zoom which is very good and would enable you to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 20mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 which is fairly slow and not the best in low light occasions and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You would also have to increase the ISO setting resulting in noisy photos. At the tele end, 1200mm is terrific zoom and comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic FZ70 Connectivity
The FZ70 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send files and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.
Panasonic FZ70 Video info
The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic FZ70 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance for video quality and file sizes but FULL HD will not give you much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means you have no control over your audio. It is probably best to order another model should you need better audio in your videos.
Panasonic FZ70 Weather Sealing
Panasonic FZ70 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.
Panasonic FZ70 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FZ70 houses a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic FZ70 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 202 thousand dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinders can be very helpful for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic FZ70 Shutter info
Panasonic FZ70 continuous shooting rate is 9.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Panasonic FZ70 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic FZ70 boasts both in-built flash and external flash ability.
Panasonic FZ70 Autofocusing info
Panasonic FZ70 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which makes it useful for taking portraits of people.
It boasts 23 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Panasonic FZ70 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is needed for low light or you want to have more accurate control on focus.
Panasonic FZ70 Battery life
The battery for the Panasonic FZ70 is designed to last for 400 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average when compared to its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest possible (600) battery life for this group of cameras.
Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:
FZ70 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
FZ70 vs B500600 nonoyes
FZ70 vs L840590 noyesno
FZ70 vs FZ200540 yesnono
FZ70 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Panasonic FZ70 for varying forms of photography
The following chart gives a analysis of the Panasonic FZ70 for varying forms of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic FZ70 as a Portrait photography camera
The Panasonic FZ70 gets a score of 56 which is average, meaning that it is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files in addition to the capability to use off-camera flash.
Panasonic FZ70 Street photography factors
Getting a reasonable rating of 49, the Panasonic FZ70 is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic FZ70 Sports photography highlights
A reasonable sports photography points total of 55 means the Panasonic FZ70 is fairly adequate for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ70
Size is pretty important in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic FZ70 gets a moderate 55 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suitable to take on your vacations.
Panasonic FZ70 Landscape photography advice
For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FZ70 at it's moderate score of 54 as a landscape camera is fairly adequate in the current market.
Panasonic FZ70 Vlogging info
A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic FZ70 is not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a horrible score of 26.
Panasonic FZ70 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the FZ70, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph below will give you a bird's eye view of the FZ70 versus it's top scoring rivals listed earlier.
Following are additional cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.