Panasonic ZS70 overview
Panasonic ZS70 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially introduced on April of 2017. The camera houses a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-TZ90" in certain regions.
Panasonic released this camera as a way to upgrade the older Panasonic ZS60 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the updated Panasonic ZS80 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.
The ZS70 comes in at #2 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #318 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized requirements.
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Panasonic ZS70 family
The Panasonic ZS70 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.
Panasonic ZS70 Gallery
You can look at the ZS70 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic ZS70 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of good and bad points of the Panasonic ZS70 based on factors which are often seen as useful in a camera.
Panasonic ZS70 Sensor features
The Panasonic ZS70 features the Venus Engine chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Panasonic ZS70 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. The ISO can also be widened electronically to a maximum of 6400. RAW files are supported so you have more margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the ZS70's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The ZS70 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic ZS70 dimensions
Panasonic ZS70 weighs about 0.71 pounds (322 gr or 11.36 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Panasonic ZS70 is lighter as compared with its competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a picture of the Panasonic ZS70 next to a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the ZS70.
Panasonic ZS70 Lens features
The ZS70 comes with a built in lens having a focal range of 24-720mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is exceptional and can allow you to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f3.3 which is very sluggish and not very good in low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase your ISO setting giving you noisy photographs. For the long end, 720mm is terrific zoom and comes with f6.4 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic ZS70 Connectivity
The ZS70 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic ZS70 Video features
The highest video quality on the Panasonic ZS70 is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 2160p provides an excellent quality for video recording. You can easily downsample to Full HD to get clearer results. Beware of the massive file sizes and make sure you have high quality SD cards with good write speed. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone socket so you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to look into a different model in case you want decent audio in your video clips.
Panasonic ZS70 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Panasonic ZS70 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.
Panasonic ZS70 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic ZS70 is equipped with a 3" tilting display having a resolution of 1,040k dots.
It features a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and even group photos if needed. Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus points as well as adjust settings with your fingers.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic ZS70 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 1,166k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.46x
Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Panasonic ZS70 Shutter features
Panasonic ZS70 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in some situations.
Panasonic ZS70 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic ZS70 includes just in-built flash with missing external flash ability.
Panasonic ZS70 Autofocusing features
Panasonic ZS70 includes only Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.
The Sensor supports 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic ZS70 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects that move. Panasonic ZS70 comes with manual focus when required in low light situations or you want to have more accurate focus control.
Panasonic ZS70 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic ZS70 is designed to last for 380 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it higher than the usual for its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest (600) battery life in this group of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:
Panasonic ZS70 for varying kinds of photography
The following graph gives a summation of the Panasonic ZS70 for varying kinds of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography advice
The Panasonic ZS70 receives a rating of 56 which is decent, and means the camera is reasonably suitable for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support & potential to utilize external flash.
Street photography with Panasonic ZS70
Coming in at a awesome score of 76, the Panasonic ZS70 is a excellent fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.
Panasonic ZS70 as a Sports photography camera
A very good sports photography points tally of 62 indicates the Panasonic ZS70 is a very decent option for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic ZS70 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is extremely crucial in picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic ZS70 gets a awesome 79 for a travelling camera which makes it a excellent pick to purchase for your trips.
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography highlights
For anyone who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Panasonic ZS70 at it's above average rating of 63 for a landscape camera is a very decent choice in the current marketplace.
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic ZS70 is a very decent option for vlogging as it comes to a nice score of 74.
Panasonic ZS70 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the ZS70, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart just below offers you a bird's eye view of the ZS70 vs it's highest rated rivals listed earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.