Panasonic Lumix ZS50/TZ70

The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 (ZS50 in North America) is one of the “super zoom” or “travel zoom” compact cameras, whose most-notable feature is a 30x optically stabilized zoom lens. That would be the equivalent of a whopping 24-720mm lens in a full-frame camera, giving you telescope-like views from very far away.

Compared to other super-zoom cameras, the ZS50/TZ70 manages to pack in an electronic viewfinder and WiFi+NFC, but compared to last year’s model (ZS40/TZ60) it has lost the built-in GPS. The sensor is 12MP instead of the previous 18MP, but that has improved the image quality particularly in lower light. Also noteworthy, the new camera can shoot in RAW mode as well as JPEG.

At US$400, a super-zoom should be considered for every family photographer’s kit. Listen to Gordon’s review to see if the Lumix ZS50/TZ70 is the one for you.

Read Gordon’s in-depth review at CameraLabs.com.

Buy the ZS50 from B&H, Amazon.com (US) or Amazon.com (UK).