- 16 Megapixels
- 1080p Full HD Video
- 60 fps during 1080p Video
- 9 fps for Burts Shooting
- 60X Optical Zoom
- 120X Digital Zoom
- 20mm Wide Angle
- Great Automatic Macro
- Optical Stabilizer
- A Built -In Windshield Zoom Microphone
- Venues Engine Image Processor
- Panoramic Mode and Built in Creative Filters
DMC-FZ70 Review Images
|This camera has fast response|
|Here using the 20mm wide angle. NO Zoom.|
|This picture was taken using the 60x Optical Zoom|
|This is the same sign but using the maximum 120x Digital Zoom|
|using the 20mm wide angle|
|Here using 30x Zoom|
|60x Optical Zoom|
|60X Optical Zoom|
|75x digital zoom|
|120X Optical Zoom|
|Look the W at the top|
|Here using 60x Optical Zoom|
|Using 120x Zoom|
To get better result from the panoramic mode is better to shoot still objects. As we can see in this picture the objects and the light create some lines on the images.
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Pentax MX-1: Hands-On Review and Sample Images
|The MX-1 in All Black.|
Pentax has entered the “serious” high end compact digital camera market with the new MX-1, a retro-styled camera with a fast f/1.8-2.5 zoom and a competitive 12 Megapixel 1/1.7” sensor. Available in silver and black or all black for $499.95, the MX-1 comes in next to the standout retro designs from Olympus (with its OM-D EM-5 and XZ-series) and FujiFilm (with its X-series).
|The MX-1 in Silver & Black; the Silver portions are brass.|
The MX-1’s brass plates certainly feel more durable than plastic, aluminum or even some magnesium offerings, and the faux-leather rubber surface is nice and grippy—and it had better be, since there is neither a front nor a rear thumb grip, making the camera feel a bit loose especially considering its size and weight.
|The MX-1 is a capable street shooter with its fast f/1.8-2.5 28-112mm 35mm-equivalent zoom.|
Yes, the small buttons on the back of the camera are quite well-spaced and well-designed and an Exposure Compensation dial sits atop the camera, but there is still a feeling of lack of control.
On the positive side, the LCD is very, very clear and bright, making for easy and accurate review of images.
|Pentax MX-1 in Av Mode, f/4.5 at 1/250 sec, ISO 800.|
I would have liked to shoot some portraits with the MX-1, but wasn’t able to get much in the short time I had it. I did take four pictures of a local fruit seller and was not happy with any of the results.
Here are several other samples taken on a cloudy February day in New York City. Again, colors tend to be relatively accurate with decent contrast.
|Pentax MX-1 in Av Mode, f/4.5 at 1/50 sec, ISO 200, slight cropping.
I would have liked to see slightly faster focusing and much, much faster image processing (the camera often states that images are being processed) and shot-to-shot times.
If you’re looking for a retro-style camera, I would certainly consider options from Olympus and Fuji along with the MX-1. The MX-1 stands out in only a few respects, most notably its retro styling and brass plates. While the macro mode on the MX-1 is excellent, the LCD is clear, focusing is good and the lens is fast, none of these are particularly compelling reasons to pick the MX-1 over, say, the XZ-2 or even the Canon G15.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a great all-around camera, I would consider sticking with the stalwarts from Canon with the PowerShot G15 and Panasonic with the Lumix LX-7. Indeed, the MX-1 is not a standout by any means, and will likely have a difficult time making its way in this very competitive sector.
|Note the purple fringing on the high contrast areas in the coins above.|
|The MX-1 had some difficulty with reds; these plums were not quite as red/pink as this image portrays.|
Enthusiast compact camera comparison
Canon PowerShot G15
4.2 x 3.0 x 1.6 in.
(107 x 76 x 40 mm)
Nikon Coolpix P7700
4.7 x 2.9 x 2.0 in.
(119 x 73 x 50 mm)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 in.
(111 x 67 x 46 mm)
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS
4.4 x 2.6 x 1.9 in.
(113 x 65 x 48 mm)
4.8 x 2.4 x 2.0 in.
(122 x 61 x 51 mm)
We’ve had a number of people call in or email saying that they wish they could see NYC at Christmas, that decorations at home–and window dressings in particular–must pale in comparison to smaller towns. While no doubt the case, the competition to see smaller town decorations cannot be anywhere near as fierce as making your way around Rockefeller Center and Saks Fifth Avenue at rush hour.
Although taking pictures in the evening does not necessarily show off the best results a camera can produce, I figured that wandering out with Panasonic’s flagship super-zoom, the Lumix DMC-FZ200, along 5th Avenue would at least test its capabilites in low light. The sample images below confirm to a large degree that the FZ200 delivers very good image quality, better than its peers in the super-zoom category. It is not surprising, therefore, that DPReview.com gave the Lumix FZ200 its Gold Award rating.
Rockefeller Center & the Tree:
This perspective doesn’t do the Rockefeller Christmas tree justice, but does show how capable the FZ200 is at capturing wide angle shots. With a 35mm equivalent zoom of 25mm to 600mm, the Lumix FZ200 covers a lot of ground.
Saks Fifth Avenue:
This shot, cropped by approximately 50%, shows one of the benefits of having a fast f/2.8 lens that is constant throughout the zoom range, something that one won’t find in competing mega-zooms–and indeed the reason for the price premium on the FZ200. Although a fair amount of noise is noticeable in the cropped image here, shot at ISO 1600, the Leica lens allows for shooting several stops faster than would be possible with other mega-zooms.
This shot was taken across 5th Avenue, with a 35mm equivalent zoom of 500mm, highlighting the capability of the FZ200‘s zoom. 1/60 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 800.
As noted above, the fast, constant aperture f/2.8 lens on the FZ200 allows for shooting at lower ISO’s than would otherwise be possible with the slower lenses typically found on bridge cameras. This was taken at 1/20 sec. at f/2.8 at ISO 800.