Panasonic’s Lumix TZ90, or ZS70 as it’s known in North America, is a pocket-super-zoom with a 30x optical range, 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, tilting touchscreen and built-in electronic viewfinder. Announced in April 2017, it’s the successor to the previous TZ80 / ZS60, although the usual annual gap between them has widened from a year to 15 months. Like its predecessor, it becomes the top model in the long travel zoom series, although the TZ100 / ZS100 remains above it for those willing to trade zoom range for a larger 1in sensor.
The new Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 is essentially a TZ80 / ZS60 with a number of updates. It shares the same fairly pocketable body with the same 30x / 24-720mm optical zoom (3cm macro) and the same built-in electronic viewfinder with eye sensor and 1066k dot resolution – now all on their third generation. Like its predecessor, it can also record RAW files, supports USB charging and of course features built-in Wifi.
New to the TZ90 / ZS70 is a higher resolution 20 Megapixel sensor (vs 18 on the previous TZ80 / ZS60 and 12 on the older TZ70 / ZS50), a touchscreen that now tilts, and support for Panasonic’s DFD autofocus. The TZ90 / ZS70 also inherits the 4k movies and 4k Photo modes of its predecessor, allowing you to effectively shoot 8 Megapixel images at 30fps, refocus after the event and even adjust the depth of field. So while the TZ100 / ZS100 remains the flagship Lumix travel zoom, the TZ90 / ZS70 updates its already capable predecessor to become the most powerful 30x pocket super-zoom around. Expect it in June 2017 for $449 USD / 399 GBP.