Summary

Highly Recommended award

The Lumix TZ70 / ZS50 is Panasonic's flagship pocket super-zoom, and like previous incarnations, it takes the high ground compared to rivals. Despite sharing a great deal with its predecessor, including the 30x zoom range, and actually losing one major feature, Panasonic has made a number of improvements that genuinely enhance the over experience. Most notably, the built-in electronic viewfinder - a key benefit over the Canon SX710 HS - is now more detailed than before and includes an eye sensor to switch between it and the screen. The reduction in resolution to 12 Megapixels also gives it a small edge over rivals in low light, and there's still support for RAW files, another benefit over rivals. It all adds up to a classy camera if you can afford it, but if money's tight, consider Canon's cheaper SX710 HS, or indeed Panasonic's own TZ60 / ZS40 from last year.

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Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 review

Samples

The following images were taken with a final production Panasonic Lumix TZ70 / ZS50.The Lumix TZ70 / ZS50 was set to its best quality 12 Megapixel resolution and Fine quality compression with Auto White Balance and the Natural style unless otherwise stated. Image stabilisation was enabled for hand-held shots and disabled for tripod based shots.All of the images below are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

1/1600, f3.3, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/1300, f3.3, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/640, f6.4, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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4 secs, f5.4, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 27.1mm (151mm equiv)

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1/80, f6.4, 200 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/200, f4.6, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 13.2mm (74mm equiv)

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1/800, f3.3, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/20, f5.5, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 28.7mm (160mm equiv)

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1/800, f7.1, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/10, f5.6, 1600 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 35.8mm (200mm equiv)

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1/250, f5.3, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 24.2mm (135mm equiv)

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1/40, f3.3, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/125, f6.4, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/25, f3.5, 1600 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/320, f6.4, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/4, f3.3, 800 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 sample image
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1/800, f7.1, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/1000, f3.3, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/640, f6.4, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/50, f3.3, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/320, f6, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 62.1mm (347mm equiv)

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1/500, f3.5, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/25, f5.8, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 53.8mm (300mm equiv)

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1/100, f6, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 56.8mm (317mm equiv)

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1/320, f3.3, 100 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/100, f3.3, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/30, f4.5, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 12.5mm (70mm equiv)

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1/8, f3.3, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/125, f6.4, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 129mm (720mm equiv)

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1/30, f3.5, 3200 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/160, f6.1, 80 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 101.7mm (568mm equiv)

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1/4, f3.3, 800 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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1/8, f3.3, 400 ISO, 4.3-129mm at 4.3mm (24mm equiv)

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