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.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

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Pros:

  • - 12.1-million pixel sensor with larger pixels for improved lowlight performance
  • - Higher resolution EVF, much improved over previous model
  • - 5-axis image stabilisation
  • - Extremely versatile Leica lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-720mm
  • - Customisable physical control ring around lens

Cons:

  • - EVF is quite small in size, may not be suitable for some
  • - No touchscreen control
  • - Mode dial could be firmer
  • - No GPS

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£349.00

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Verdict

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 Review – Our Verdict

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Lightweight and compact, the TZ70 is a great travel companion

Last year’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 was by all accounts a success. It packaged an incredibly versatile lens inside a pocketable camera that was easy to use, whilst giving photographers the option of full manual control with raw image recording. With a winning formula already in place, Panasonic has taken the “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it approach” in the new TZ70.

The things that held the TZ60 back somewhat, such as the low resolution EVF and the need for better noise handling at high ISO sensitivities, have been addressed. Although there’s still no touchscreen, which would have been a bonus, and the processor isn’t quite fast enough for my liking, the TZ70 maintains the strength of the product line for Panasonic.

The TZ70 is compact and light and with its 12-million-pixel sensor, 24-720mm equivalent focal range, Raw shooting, full HD video and manual control, it’s an ideal companion camera for trips to photogenic locations, but you couldn’t go wrong having a camera like this with you at all times.

There are few things that you would struggle to capture using the TZ70.

Trying to choose between the TZ60 and TZ70? Read the What Digital Camera Panasonic Lumix TZ70 vs Panasonic Lumix TZ60 comparison

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Sample Image gallery

To see a range of our sample images, see our Panasonic Lumix TZ70 sample image gallery.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Autofocus
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality Lab Results
  6. 6. Verdict
  7. 7. Hands-on First Impressions
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