In this Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 review, Jon Devo tests the follow-up to one of the most popular cameras of 2014, the TZ60. This new compact travel zoom has some key upgrades, including a 12.1-million-pixel sensor with larger pixels for greater light capturing capabilities.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 Review – At a Glance
- Versatile Leica DC Vario-Elmar f/3.3-6.4 lens with 30x 24-720mm equivalent optical zoom
- Electronic viewfinder with improved 1,166K-dot resolution
- 12.1-million-pixel 1/2.3in type High Sensitivity MOS sensor
- Five axis Optical Image Stabilisation for steady images and movies
- Small and lightweight making it ideal for day trips and holidays
- Full HD video recording as well as high speed and Timelapse capture
- Price: £349
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Having pretty much invented the compact travel zoom camera category with the first DMC-TZ1 over eight years ago now, Panasonic has a legacy to maintain with its latest release. Last year’s Lumix DMC-TZ60 was one of the most popular cameras and flew off the shelves in great numbers, due to its fantastically versatile lens and the fact that it had an EVF, something none of the competition could match.
This year Panasonic has taken a measured approach to updating the range, refining some of the rough edges and providing some valuable additions in a bid to stave off competition from the likes of Canon’s latest SX series cameras, the SX520 and SX710, as well as a likely update to Sony’s Cybershot DSC-HX60V. However, without any major headline new features, are the improvements in the new TZ70 enough to match or surpass the success of last year’s TZ60?
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 Review – Features
One of the most notable differences between this latest model and the previous version is a drop in sensor resolution from 18.1-million-pixels to 12.1-million-pixels. However, the DMC-TZ70’s 1/2.3in-type (6.17 x 4.55mm) high sensitivity MOS sensor now features larger pixels making it better equipped for gathering light. The lower resolution along with the increase in pixel size should reduce the amount of noise produced by the camera, particularly in lowlight.
Panasonic’s Venus Engine makes it possible to shoot at 10fps with fixed focus, or 6fps with AF tracking for 6 frames. The TZ70 now has a native ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 6400, another improvement on the previous model, at least on paper. Carried over from the previous model is the highly versatile Leica DC Vario-Elmar f/3.3-6.4 lens with 30x optical zoom, boasting a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-720mm.
With such extreme zoom capabilities, the TZ70 has been equipped with 5-axis hybrid OIS, which does a great job of stabilising the camera when taking zoomed pictures.
To capture movie moments, the TZ70 can shoot full HD (1920 x 1080) video in AVCHD or MP4 format, and can also record 720p video at 100fps for creating slow motion videos, and up to 200fps in lower VGA quality (640 x 480) for super highspeed video. There’s also a built-in timelapse mode that can record changing scenery in full HD quality. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity also feature for connecting the camera to external devices, however it’s a shame to see GPS dropped in this latest model.
Although there isn’t a huge load of additional new features in the TZ70, the updates go some way to refining what this popular product line had already delivered in the previous model.