Panasonic DMC-FZ70

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  2016 March 12     Galleries   Camera-Specific

The Panasonic FZ70 was introduced in 2013. As I said in the review, it's still a top bridge camera in terms of price vs. quality.  I had some more photos that wouldn't all fit on the review page, so I decided to put 'em here.

Hazy Morning

September 1, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 96mm equivalent
ISO 100
f/5.6 @ 1/640th (-1/3 EV)
No adjustments

Early-morning hazy sun with Queen Anne's Lace.

Bench Grinder

September 9, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 125mm equivalent
ISO 400
f/5.2 @ 1/60th  (-1 EV)
No adjustments

This one has only a narrow region actually in focus, but I liked the composition. This one's sort of a "rough sketch" of the film photo I plan to do. I'll probably use about the same focal length (100-ish mm) and maybe f/16 with a tripod. Slide film, C-41, or B&W? I'm not sure which, yet.

This is almost a macro shot; my 135mm cheap lens can't get anywhere near this close to the subject. I tried using a 50mm f/1.7 Minolta lens, which was better but still not the right focal length for this.

Rusty Red Trailer

September 14, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 114mm equivalent
ISO 100
f/5.0 @ 1/800th  (-2/3 EV)
No adjustments

Like most bridge-cameras, the FZ70 has in-camera adjustments for saturation. Most of the time you can set it to give exactly the look you want. This photo, though, I think would look better with some extra saturation. It's going to be that way with almost every camera. Much of it depends on lighting; this wasn't the right hour of the day to get maximum color.

If there's really such thing as a "workhorse" bridge camera, I guess the FZ70 could be it. It's relatively affordable, it's well-made, and it offers the whole range of focal lengths. The image quality is better than most (see this article for more info.)

Sundown, Parking Lot

September 17, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 60mm equivalent
ISO 400
f/5.6 @ 1/13th  (-1 EV)
Some chroma noise removed

Photos like this are best done with film or a DSLR, but the bridge camera can do OK. With a sensor that's nominally 1/2.3", it would be better to use a tripod and ISO 100. Even so, I think the result is pretty good here.

Having the DSLR-like controls of a bridge camera makes it much more pleasant, to me at least, than using a phone camera or even a compact.


October 19, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 1200mm equivalent
ISO 100
f/5.9 @ 1/200th  (-1 EV)
No adjustments

The Panasonic FZ200 and Canon SX50 seem to be slightly sharper at full-zoom, but I still like the FZ70 a lot.

Work Surface

December 14, 2015    
Panasonic DMC-FZ70 @ 55mm equivalent
ISO 100
f/4 @ 1/160th  (+2/3 EV)
No adjustments

This is a laminated top that I made from salvaged wood. See the article on work tables if you're interested in this topic. This is one that I hadn't gotten around to belt-sanding yet. I've been thinking of putting Tried & True wood finish on it, after it's sanded a bit.

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