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 – Performance and Image Quality
Left to its own devices, the multi-pattern metering on the TZ70 seems to have a tendency to underexpose images on occasion. This can be combated either by using centre-weighted or spot metering for more specific readings, or by using exposure compensation settings, available at +/- 2EV in 1/3 steps. To make this easier, I assigned my EV control to the manual control ring at the front of the camera.
Every now and then I noticed exposure or colour shifting between shots of the same scene taken in succession. But as it wasn’t too common I wouldn’t describe this as a particularly big issue in good light, however if you’re shooting jpeg only, you may want to capture a couple of extra frames for security, or just shoot raw + JPEG.
Looking closely at the pictures I’ve captured on the TZ70, the camera does do a reasonable job of capturing details on a wide range of subjects. This is because as well as its extensive focal range, the TZ70 has macro focusing as close as 3cm when the lens is at the wide end of its zoom. This makes it good for capturing images of flowers and insect life.
One area where the camera let me down slightly was the processing speed when capturing high dynamic range, low light or burst mode images. It took a significant amount of time to process these images when shooting in raw + JPEG quality. The worst experience I had with this occurred when shooting at 10fps, it took about 15 seconds for the camera to resume normal shooting and playback functionality.
On a more positive note though, I was pleased with the battery performance, which is rated to 300 shots. In practical terms, on a typical day out shooting I found the battery lasted about five to six hours of intermittent use. Alternatively, after an hour of walking in a park for example, taking pictures and recording short videos using both the LCD and electronic viewfinder, the battery would deplete by about 15-20%.
To see more sample images, visit our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 sample image gallery.