Review: Panasonic TZ70 Camera
Panasonic came into the camera market by manufacturing compact cameras for capturing images on the go. Also known as ZS70 in the US market, the Panasonic TZ70 is one of the best products by the leading electronics brand Panasonic.
Unlike the predecessor of this series which had a pixel count of 18 million, the TZ70 offers you 12MP sensor though the sensor count remains same at 1/2.3 inch. This enlarges the photo receptors (or, pixels) to a great extent. This allows the newer variant not only better quality images but also lessens the noise to a great extent.
The capability of capturing images in low light is increased along with extended dynamic range.
The lens are same as its predecessor—Leica DC VARIO¬ELMAR 30x zoom lens offering a focal length of 4.3 to 129mm that provides a 35mm equivalent range of 24-720 with a f/3.3-6.4 wide-tele aperture range.
The viewfinder of this device is an electronic one with 1,160,000-dot as compared with its predecessor having a beautiful 200,000-dot EVF for capturing images in bright and sunny conditions. The camera is also equipped with a 3-inch 920,000-dot LCD screen that is rather fixed than tilting with a no-touch facility. These may pose problems with the tech-friendly photographers. However, thanks to the WiFi connectivity, you can compose the images on your smartphone using the free applications provided by Panasonic.
The camera is well adept to capture RAW images. It also features a maximum ISO limit of 6400 and focus peaking that aids in manual focusing.
Build and Handling
Unlike the predecessor, the TZ70 has a better grip at the front that offers nice and safe hold. However, it shares with the TZ60 its beautiful retro style and high quality feel. Although the back portion looks quite similar to the TZ60, the button for switching between the main screen and the view finder has shifted to a central position offering better reach with the right thumb. This feature is marked as Fn2 to indicate its customizable function.
There is a control ring surrounding the lens allowing easy shifts between a variety of settings offered by the mode you are capturing in. The Q button at the back allows you to reach to Panasonic’s Quick Menu.
The design of the top plate is quite akin to the predecessor; there’s a mode dial that has shutter priority, aperture priority along with an array of manual modes for the photography enthusiasts and automatic modes for the beginners. There are a couple of custom modes, too, for better technical support.
The TZ70 produces good images at ISO 6400. However, when you critically examine the JPEG variants of the images at 100%, you would be able to notice visible smoothing effects which may not go quite well with the enthusiasts. Since it has larger pixels producing a stronger sensor, it creates much less noise compared to the TZ60, which means it requires even lesser noise reduction technique, too.
The TZ70 uses an AF system with contrast detection. Hence, the improved sensor signal and noise ratio helps to produce better quality images when compared to its predecessors.
Why should you buy it?
If you are a beginner wanting to inculcate the art of photography, the camera’s built-in EVF with 30x optical zoom and a capability of record raw files would be appreciated by you.
Why should you not buy it?
The fixed screen with no touch option makes it a bad option for the tech-friendly people out there. Besides, at 1/2.3 inch sensor, it may not prove to be a value for money for many.
Final Words on the Product
Although TZ70 is not a perfectly upgraded version of the TZ60 but there is a notable improvement in the quality of the images produced which may help it gain more buyers than its predecessor.