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Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic FZ70

Canon-SX60-HS-vs-FZ70-camerTake a look between the comparison of Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX60 HS, however the FZ70 is old now and waiting for an update…

Canon-SX60-HS-vs-FZ70-compaOptical Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has 5x more optical Zoom than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Aperture Range: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 aperture Range is better than Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, the bright aperture lenses capture more incoming light to the sensor,  create more DOF, you get more better color and contrast output and it also create less noise during low-light situation.

Macro: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has more close-up macro range than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 .

More AF Points: The Panasonic FZ70 features 23 point AF system; on the other hand the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is limited to 9 AF points only. With more AF point you get more area under AF points under screen, more AF points helps your camera to quickly acquire AF on your subject.

Shutter Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features better shutter range compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 features fast shooting speed compared to Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Video Mode: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features full HD video recording @ 30fps frame rate , Panasonic FZ70 features full HD video recording @ 60fps frame rate and HD video recoding@60fps.

Display: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features bigger and high resolution display compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Battery Life (CIPA): Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 battery rating is 400 shots and other hand Canon PowerShot SX60 HS 340 shots. According to CIPA.

Dimensions: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is smaller than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Weight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 light-weight than Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Verdict: The Panasonic FZ70 will cost you less and features a decent core specification on the other hand the Canon SX60 HS will cost you more also offers high end specification.

Buy Canon SX60 HS camera from Amazon and  B&H Store || The Panasonic FZ70 Available at Amazon and B&H store.


Canon cameras we’d like to see in 2014

Canon 700D 7D Mark II

2012 was a bit dull year for Canon if we look at Sony, Fuji and Nikon products and we strongly hope that canon will recover from its slow move in 2014, I have created the list based on rumor I read daily in my mailbox and other websites worldwide, The list not only include those camera that we want to see, but the list contains the ones we believe that Canon need to get out as those models as soon as possible.

# 1 Canon 7D Mark II – The APS-C King
We know that Canon 7D suffered from a major firmware update last year but we also know that EOS 7D is now Canon’s oldest current DSLR waiting for its successor, I Still remember Canon 7D announced in September 2009 and it’s long overdue for a refresh. Take a look at the 7D Mk II rumored specification below

Rumored 7D Mark II Specification
20 OR 24 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
ISO 50-51200
61-Point High Density AF
Continuous shooting speed of 10-12 fps
Introduction of Dual Digic V+ in an APS-C body
Touch Display
Built in WiFi and GPS
Price around $2000

We already said that Canon will announce 7D Mk II on Q1 of 2014, probably on Feb or March 2014.

#2 APS-C fixed-lens compact

The time has come that Canon must announce a APS-C lens compact camera, If we look at competitors we have FujiX100S, Nikon coolpix A, Sony RX1R (FF Camera) and Ricoh GR…They are few step ahead from Canon.

We have seem a specification of  Canon APS-C compact here, also see -> Canon large sensor compact surfaced over Canon France  however later Canon france denied APS-C compact rumor.

  • 18 MP APS-C sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 9 point Hybrid AF system

#3 Canon PowerShot G2 X

Canon 1.5 inch G1X look big and Bulky and almost 2 year old now + Canon users are buying Sony RX100,  Nikon coolpix A, Fuji X100 / S and RX1 R as secondary camera. We hope that Canon will announce Its G2X replacement very soon.

#4 Canon Medium Format: We know that Canon is working on Medium Format camera and but they will not announce it until the new system is fully developed with Big bunch of High Quality Lenses, however the rumored date of new system announcement is Photokina 2014.


#5 Canon New Mirrorless Camera – EOS M II

Canon EOS M2 is almost ready, Canon is probably waiting to clear the stock of Canon EOS M camera, according to rumors 2 New EOS M is coming, the first one is a entry level mirrorless camera and seconf is a High-End mirrorless camera with advance features.

#6 Canon SX60 HS –  High Zoom Camera

Canon SX 50HS is due for update and people are moving towards Panasonic FZ70 camera (60X zoom camera | also see SX50HS vs FZ70), we have high hopes and the next schedule announcement of Canon products is Feb and March 2013. See some rumors > Confirmed EOS M2 is Coming |

See more Canon Rumor

If you have some extra time – Also see
Nikon cameras we’d like to see in 2014
Sony cameras we’d like to see in 2014

Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX50 HS

FZ70-vs-SX50-HS-IMGPanasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX50HS, both megazoom camera features class leading optics and excellent core specification, take a look at the major difference,


Sensor: The Canon SX50 HS features 12.1MP CMOS image sensor, Panasonic FZ70 features 16.1 megapixel High Sensitivity BSI MOS sensor, In general back-illuminated sensor, BSI CMOS sensor gives better low-light performance when compared to normal CMOS sensor.

More ISO range in Canon: Canon offers more ISO range upto 80-12800, Panasonic FZ70 limited from 100-6400.

Better Lens in FZ70: Panasonic FZ70 features 20% more wide coverage and 10X + optical zoom compared to Canon SX50HS, Due to the bright lens you get less noise in your images when compared to SX50 HS.

Image Stabilization: The Canon SX50 HS features Hybrid Image stabilization, Intelligent IS to automatically select from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the given situation: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS for stills; and Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS for video.

Panasonic FZ70 comes with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), works on Still an d Video both.

Continuous shooting Speed: The FZ70 can record up to 9 fps in a 3 shot burst, 5 fps with one-shot AF, or 2 fps with continuous AF. In Canon SX50 HS at Normal mode you get: approximately 2.2 shots/sec, High-Speed Burst HQ (6MP approx) enables continuous capture at 13fps for up to 10 frames.

Video: Canon Capture high-definition 1920x1080p with stereo sound at 24fps and HD recording at 30 fps, Panasonic FZ70 features Full HD 1080i video recording at 60 fps is supported in the high quality AVCHD codec for fluid, well-detailed movies and 1080p video at 30 fps is also available in the Internet-friendly MP4 format.


Display: Panasonic FZ70 incorporates a 3.0″ 460k-dot rear FIXED LCD monitor and a 0.20″ 202k-dot electronic viewfinder for live view monitoring, The Canon SX0 HS camera features a 2.8″ Vari-Angle LCD monitor with a resolution of 461,000 pixels and an electronic viewfinder with approximately 202,000 pixels.

Verdict: If you are looking for a megazoom camera, we recommend you to buy Panasonic FZ70, you get 60X lens, BSI CMOS sensor, Fast Continuous shooting speed and Better Video mode.

The Panasonic FZ70 price is $399, Available at Amazon and B&H store.

The Canon SX50 HS price is $369, Buy Canon SX50 HS from Amazon

Panasonic FZ70 - 60X Optical Zoom, Price, Sample Images, Full Specification and Press Release

Panasonic-FZ70-SamplePanasonic FZ70 now become the world first camera to offer 60X optical zoom with POWER O.I.S, the Panasonic FZ70 lens starts from a 20mm, that’s approx 12% wider than the current best megazoom SX50HS camera, the FZ70 features newly developed 16.1MP 1/2.3″ BSI MOS Sensor with standard ISO range of 100-3200, which can be further expanded to ISO 6400. , Panasonic POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)  works on still and video mode. Take a look at the major features below

Panasonic FZ70 Major Features

  • 16.1MP 1/2.3″ BSI MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Lumix DC Vario 60x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 20-1200mm
  • 3.0″ 460k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 0.20″ 202k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080i AVCHD Video at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wind Shield Zoom Microphone
  • POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
  • Creative Controls, Panorama, and Retouch


Full HD 1080i video recording at 60 fps is supported in the high quality AVCHD codec, on the rear side we have 3.0″ 460k-dot LCD monitor and a 0.20″ 202k-dot electronic viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ70 price is $399, Available at Amazon and B&H store.



Coming Soon…

Lens Lumix 60x 20-1200mm F/2.8-5.9 Lens
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode for video
Digital Zoom 120x
Burst Shooting 9 fps (Up to 3 images)
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-3200 (1EV or 1/3 EV step), High Sensitivity: ISO1600-6400
Video (AVCHD, MP4) AVCHD: 1920 x 1080, 60i (Sensor output 30fps), MP4: 1920 x 1080, 30p
Viewfinder 0.20″ EVF (202K-dot equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%
Microphone Windshield Zoom Microphone – Dolby® Digital
Monitor 3.0″ 460K-dot
Finder 202K Dot
Hot Shoe Yes
RAW File Recording Yes
Optional Conversion Lens Yes (1.7x) DMW-LT55 (Requires DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter)
Speaker Mono
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Video Resolution Notes 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps) ; 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30, 25 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 30, 25 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps)
Storage Storage types: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included: 70 MB internal
Connectivity USB: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI: Yes (mini)
Wireless: None
Remote control: Optional DMWRSL1
Other Features Orientation sensor: Yes
Timelapse recording: No
GPS: None
Environment Environmentally sealed: No
Battery Battery: Battery Pack
Battery: Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA): 450
Dimensions 120 x 81 x 92mm (4.72 x 3.19 x 3.62″)
Weight 588g (1.30 lb) with battery

SECAUCUS, N.J., July 17, 2013 – anasonic today unveiled the new LUMIX DMC-FZ70 (FZ70) because life is more than just a single moment captured in time. That’s why the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is packed full of the best multimedia technologies Panasonic makes. Optically the FZ70 delivers from its amazing 20mm wide-angle to 1,200mm (60X) long zoom, making it a category class leader. With F2.8-5.9 lens brightness, both video and photos will appear bright under low light conditions. Optical image stabilization assures that both long zoom photos and videos are sharp and free from blur. The FZ70 offers amazing Full HD 1080/60i video recording, thanks to Panasonic’s experience as a world leader in professional broadcast video. It boasts crystal clear audio due to a unique microphone that eliminates ambient noise and wind sound with the stunning clarity of Dolby® Digital. This unique microphone even zooms with the optical zoom to more precisely zero in on the audio coming from your subject.

1.  Category Class Leading Super Long Zoom Lens

With a 60X optical zoom (20 to 1,200mm), the lens in the FZ70 is the widest and longest zoom in its class*. Its stunningly versatile ultra-wide 20mm to 1,200mm range makes it possible to capture dynamic landscapes, wildlife and almost any scene when traveling. At 20mm the lens captures a nearly 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm lens.  Comprised of 14 elements in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, this advanced lens unit delivers exceptional optical performance by suppressing distortion at the wide end and color bleeding at the tele end.

* As of its introduction July 18th for long zoom bridge digital cameras.

2. A Little Extra Zoom Kick

Thanks to its Intelligent Resolution technology, the FZ70 can extend the zoom ratio up to 120X equivalent while maintaining the picture quality. An optional optical lens adapter can further extend the FZ70’s range.

3. Amazingly Clear Zoom Microphone with Dolby® Digital Audio Quality

Recording video with the FZ70 is easy, but what’s really amazing is its ability to capture audio clearly.  The recorded videos come with the highly realistic Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator and its sound quality is further improved in the DMC-FZ70 thanks to a newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone that minimizes wind noise by approx. 70% compared to prior models*. Externally, the sealed structure prevents wind from hitting the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses retention of air internally. As a result, the sound is clear and comfortable to listen to even it if was recorded on a windy day.

* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

4. Full HD Video Recording

The FZ70 records full-HD 1920 x 1080 videos in both AVCHD and MP4 formats.  A special, separate button on the top lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra changes. The Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting videos.  The powerful 60X optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording as well.

5. New 16.1-Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine Deliver High Speed Response and High Picture Quality

A newly integrated 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the advanced image processor Venus Engine feature high speed response and high quality image even in high sensitivity recording. This contributes to enabling high speed burst shooting at 9 fps in full resolution* and the Light Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities together with the quick start-up time of less than a second.

* Max. 3 images

6.  Power Optical Image Stabilization with Active Mode

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration. The angular width that the FZ70 can compensate for is more than 200% wider than previous models at the tele-end, which allows for superior handheld 1,200mm super telephoto shooting. The Active Mode equipped allows for active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality.

7.  In-Camera Creative Controls and Retouch

The Creative Control and Creative Retouch feature a total of 15 filter effects: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter and One Point Color. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while evaluating how it makes a difference in the picture: this can be used for video recording, as well*. The Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture even after shooting in camera.

  • Creative Panorama (13 effects)
  • Creative Control (15 effects)
  • Creative Retouch (15 effects)

* Soft Focus cannot be used in video recording

8. Creative Panoramic Effects

With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and to put on a filter effect of Retro, Expressive, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Old Days, Cross Process and One Point Color.

9. Amazing Low Light Sensor Response.

While the FZ70 offers a bright F2.8-5.9 lens, it’s the new 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor that cuts noise by 10-15% and dramatically improves images in high-sensitivity shooting.  Together with the Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality of the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 to even higher levels.

  • Panasonic comparison with the DMC-FZ60

10.  iA Plus Mode

In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. In addition, the iA Plus Mode enables you to adjust defocusing area, exposure compensation and white balance by just moving the slider.

11. Optional Accessories

The LUMIX DMC-FZ70 offers a variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style.

  • Tele Conversion Lens – DMW-LA8 Lens Adapter for 1.7X DMW-LT55 Conversion Lens
  • DMW-LC55 Close-up 3X Filter
  • External Flashes – DMW-FL220 Flash, DMW-FL360L Flash, DMW-FL500 Flash
  • ND / PL Filters – DMW-LNDH55 Neutral Density Filter; DMW-LPL55 Polarizer Filter

About Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American Subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations, offers a wide-range of consumer solutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Company’s portfolio of innovative consumer products ranges from VIERA Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more.