Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 Brief Review



  • Other Features : 4K photo modes including post focus, focus stacking and burst mode
  • Weight : 11.36 oz. (322g)
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 380 shots
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3" Tilting LCD
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Yes
  • Video : 4K (3840x2160) at 30 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Optical
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : 49
  • Burst Speed : 10 fps
  • Zoom : 30x optical
  • Aperture : f/3.3-6.4
  • Shutter Speed : 4 sec. - 1/2000 sec. (1.16,000 electronic)
  • ISO : 80-3200 (expandable to 6400)
  • Processor :
  • Sensor : 20 megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
  • Release Date: 2017-05-30
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

The Panasonic ZS70 offers big zoom and fun 4K photo modes
An update to the ZS60, the Panasonic ZS70 uses a higher resolution sensor and a tilting LCD screen.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 7/25/2017

The Panasonic ZS70 is a compact camera with a big zoom and big 4K photo capabilities.

The camera uses the basic 1/2.3" sensor found on most point-and-shoots, but the resolution is bumped up slightly from the older model to 20.3 megapixels. The 30x zoom lens in front helps capture a wide range of scenes despite the camera's pocketable size.

Speed-wise, the ZS70 maintains a nice 10 fps burst speed for capturing action. The contrast detection autofocus system uses 49 points and also boasts a low light autofocus mode.

The ZS70 can capture 4K video at 30 fps, which opens up a number of neat photo modes found on several of Panasonic's cameras. By shooting a short 4K video instead of a still, you can adjust the focus after you've taken the shot, shoot with a quick 30 fps burst, or focus stack in-camera for a sharper image. Since the stills are created from 4K video, the resolution is slightly lower than still photo modes. But, while everyone seems to be making off beauty and retouching modes, the 4K photo modes from Panasonic are both refreshing and fun.

The camera lists for about $450 and while the camera includes a longer list of features than most, it is still a 1/2.3" sensor. Still, compared to other models that typically sell for only $50 less, the ZS70 is fast, versatile and contains a bundle of advanced features including manual modes, RAW shooting and 4K photo modes. The Panasonic FZ70 is a good camera for travel, but save up for a larger sensor if you want to make big prints or plan to do a lot of low light shooting.

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