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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY / STILL CAMERAS

Panasonic Announce 60x Optical Zoom Camera

By Ting Walker | Thursday | 18/07/2013

Panasonic who are looking to grow their share of the mirrorless camera market that is still sub 20% of the total market has announced a new 16-megapixel camera that has a a 60x optical zoom making it the longest capable lense ever launched.

The new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 which will be launched in September has a standard 60x optical zoom that can be boosted to 120x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, and when coupled with the optional Tele Conversion Lens (DMW-LT55) the zoom ratio can be extended to 1.7x bringing the subject even closer.

Handheld shooting even at 1200mm super telephoto is possible with the DMC-FZ70 due to improvements with the onboard POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) providing superior manual control over the previous DMC-FZ60 model.  

With enhancements to the 16.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor the camera offers high resolution imaging, minimal noise and precise high speed shooting. The camera is very quick and responsive, with Light Speed AF, and a fast start-up time of approx. 0.9 second. The DMC-FZ70 supports shooting at 9 fps in 16.1-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF.


The lens comprises 14 elements in 12 groups, with six aspherical lenses and nine aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses. This advanced lens unit comes in an outstandingly compact body - delivering exceptional optical performance that suppresses distortion at the wide end and helps to stop colour bleeding at the telephoto end.

The DMC-FZ70 records video at 1,920 x 1,080 50i full HD in AVCHD / MP4 format with the 60x optical zoom and the POWER O.I.S. working with Active Mode to suppress blur when recording video. Alternatively PC users can choose to shoot video in MP4 at 25p. Other features available in video recording include the 60x zoom, Power O.I.S. with Active Mode to support wide angle recording without loss of quality in situations such as shooting while walking; and iA (Intelligent Auto).

The onboard Dolby Digital Stereo Creator combined with new Wind Shield Zoom Microphone has reduced wind noise when recording outdoors by around 70% over the previous DMC-FZ60 model. Overall recording volume on the new camera has improved by a huge 50%, and when recording in quiet areas with a new S/N ratio helps to suppress outside noises.

The camera also includes a hot shoe and convenient compatibility with a range of optional accessories. Movies can be played back directly to a VIERA Full HD TV, a Panasonic Blu-ray player or recorder by simply inserting an SD Memory Card or a mini HDMI cable.

The DMC-FZ70 is equipped with a 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) featuring 202,000-dot equivalent resolution and 100% field of view. Image lag has been reduced from 30 fps to a max. 60 fps and has improved this cameras ability to shoot fast-moving subjects in strong sunlight. The 3.0-inch 460,000-dot Intelligent LCD is designed for clear, flexible monitoring with an AR Coating and wide viewing angle.

 

Full manual control and P/A/S/M mode allows advanced users to enjoy more creative photography. The Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes now include 15 filters: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter and One Point Color.  Creative Panorama makes it possible to create a dramatic horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots, overlaying the images and adding filters.

 

Compatibility with a range of accessories

For more advanced creative freedom, the DMC-FZ70 is equipped with a hot shoe and offers compatibility with a variety of optional accessories.

Tele Conversion Lens (1.7x): DMW-LT55

Close-up Lens: DMW-LC55

Conversion Lens Adaptor: DMW-LA8

MC Protector: DMW-LMCH55

ND Filter: DMW-LNDH55

PL Filter: DMW-LPL55

External Flash: DMW-FL220 (GN22) / DMW-FL360L (GN36) / DMW-FL360 (GN36) / DMW-FL500 (GN50)

Battery Pack: DMW-BMB9

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