The former first place was the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with its 50 levels zoom. Now, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 (FZ70 in America) has taken its place. This 16-megapixel compact camera from Panasonic is th first ever in the market to feature a 60x lens.
This means its focal length goes from 20 to 1.200 millimeters when taking pictures, and 22 to 1.320 millimeters when recording video. Also, its “intelligent zoom” mode is supposed to double these values without sacrificing image quality, and you can also attach a 1.7x conversion lens to the camera.
By featuring the Power O.I.S. stabilization technology, Panasonic emphasizes the speed of the device and its great luminosity, with a range of maximum apertures of f2.8-5.9. Signed by Leica, the lens has an optic scheme of 14 elements, distributed in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses and 3 low-dispersion elements.
It was presented as the successor of the Lumix DMC-FZ62, with a much bigger size and some new features like the possibility of shooting in RAW and carrying several different flashes. Also, the integrated microphone has been improved, and is now capable of reducing the ambient noise by 70%, compared to its predecessors.
There’s also the new backlit 1/2.33-inch CMOS with the new version of the Venus Engine processors, the manual controls, Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording at 50i, a 220.000-pixel resolution electronic display, a 3-inch screen and a 9 frames per second burst mode.
It will be available around next September, and although nothing has been officially said about the price, Panasonic suggested it would be around 500 Dollars.