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Panasonic Lumix ZS70 offers 4K video, superzoom, focus-alter options

Create: 04/21/2017 - 19:55
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Has electronic viewfinder and touch-enabled 3.0-inch LCD monitor
  • 30X 24-720mm full-frame equivalent zoom lens
  • Has post focus and focus stacking options and can record 4K video

Panasonic’s latest digital point and shoot, the Lumix DMC-ZS70 is taking the route that competitors have taken by offering an all-purpose camera fitted with a superzoom lens.

The Lumix ZS70 uses a 20.3-MP 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor with an ISO range of 80-3,200, which can be extended upward to 6,400. Still RAW and JPG images, as well as videos, are saved to an SD card.

The ZS70 is fitted with a 30X Leica DC Vario-Elmar, which has 12 elements in nine groups and includes five aspherical elements. The zoom range is a full-frame equivalent of 24-720mm. Luckily, the camera has five-axis optical image stabilization.

At the base of the lens is a “control ring” that can be customized to control certain camera functions, including aperture, shutter speed, focus and zoom.

Maximum aperture runs from f/3.3 on the wide end and f/6.4-8 at the longest zoom setting.

ELECTRONIC VIEWINDER AND SELFIE-STYLE LCD MONITOR

The ZS70 has both an electronic viewfinder, as well as a touch-enabled 3.0-inch LCD monitor that can swing upward 180 degrees.

The camera has both mechanical and electronic shutters, with the mechanical shutter having a speed range of four seconds to 1/2,000. The electronic shutter’s range is one second to 1/6,000. Night scene mode allows the shutter to remain open for up to 30 seconds.

The ZS70 can shoot up to 10 frames per second at full 20.3-MP resolution. There are three 4K Photo modes that shoots at 30 frames per second at 8-MP resolution, allowing you to select a single frame.

The 4K Photo option actually is three modes that allow you to take a series of 8-MP photos at 60 frames per second and select the shot that you like best. The ZS70 also has two options have been appearing on Micro Four Thirds cameras: post focus and focus stacking.

Post focus allows the photographer to adjust the focus point well after the image is captured. When focus stacking is selected, the camera takes a series of photos and allows the photographer to create a composite with more than one focal point.

There is a small built-in flash just above the hand grip.

The ZS70 also can shoot video – in this case, 4K video, with the longest clip limited to the usual 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

The camera is 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 inches (112.0 x 67.3 x 41.2mm) and weighs 11.4 ounces (322 grams).

The ZS70 is available in black and dark silver and will cost US$449.90. The release date hasn’t been announced.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.