Panasonic’s Lumix FZ70 is the mother of all superzoom cameras with 60x optical zoom in 16MP

by Shayne Rana

The superzoom camera segment just got a real eye opener with Panasonic’s FZ70. Equipped with a whopping 60x zoom (1200mm) lens and 16.1 megapixels, this, the latest addition to their popular Lumix range of cameras is sure to stand out. Talk about binocular vision! The previous edition had less than half of the zoom capabilities coming at 24x zoom (FZ60). For the video lovers, the FZ70 is supports full HD (1920 x 1080) recording of course in AVCHD and MP4 formats. To help enhance video capture Panasonic has also include thier Creative Video Mode that offers options to adjust the shutter speed and aperture and the best part is that the full capabilities of the camera’s ‘super’ zoom function complete with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) is available for video as well. To ensure that you’ve captured the best audio for your videos, Panasonic has enlisted the aid of Dolby and incorporates their Clear Zoom Microphone with Dolby Digital Audio Quality. The camera uses Wind Shield Zoom Microphones that actually minimizes wind noise by approx. 70% as compared to prior models.

The FZ70 is capable of high speed burst shooting at 9 fps in full resolution thanks to the Venus Engine feature that enables high speed response to shoot high quality images. The company has also thrown in quite a few post processing effects that include 15 filters like – Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter and One Point Color to name a few. Some of the effects are also enabled for video creativity as well as for Panorama mode. And of course if you’re not in the mood to set up specific shots you can always just switch to iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode that pretty much gauges the scene and sets the camera straight for the best possible shot. If the 60x zoom is still not enough, Panasonic also offers an optional optical lens adapter that can further extend the camera’s range. So far, as is, the Panasonic FZ70 features the widest and longest zoom in its class. As of now there’s been no mention of the expected price or availability.

[Via – Engadget]