I bought this camera after my previous canon failed based on reading many reviews highlighting great technical specs. Like another reviewer here, I am about to go on an overseas trip and cannot risk taking this camera due to the high likelihood of poor looking photos. As per other comments, some photos look blurry with washed out, water colour looking effects. Does not seem to handle bright / dark contrasts well, either saturated or too dark. Just returned from remote hiking trip and deleted a lot of treasured memories captured in totally useless photos. Waste of money. Oh and I'm already on the second unit after the first one failed (luckily on the last day of the holiday) and was replaced.
First time let down by Panasonic
I am a Panasonic fan, have had TV's, Stereo's, car stereo and even older LUMIX cameras over the years and always found their products to be top notch.
I therefore decided to spend the money and buy the latest LUMIX, the TZ70 for our upcoming US trip.
I have been let down by Panasonic with this one, its almost as if it wasn't built by them, but of course I don't know where it was built etc and that shouldn't matter ...it carries the Panasonic name and that should mean quality.
Anyway, first issue was the print on the mode selector wore ...off in 2 weeks flat. It must be really crappy paint if it wears off that quickly. The result is that you don't know what mode your in unless you look at the LCD display screen. Not good but doesn't stop the show. 2nd issue is that that same sector knob rotates quiet easily as you have the camera in you pocket or bag. So you might be in "P" mode before you put it in your pocket, then you wanna take a quick shot, pull it out of the bag turn it on and shoot, not realizing that it might have shifted to "M" mode or something else and the picture may not have turned out as a result. This issue come up dozens of times until we eventually got used to always checking what mode it was on after turning it on (and since the knob print had worn off you need to check on the display) Starting to get annoying now for a relatively expensive camera.
Questions & Answers
I am on my third Lumix (TZ70) and love it, especially for seascapes and sea bird pics. However, the red button for the video often turns on being too close and by the time I turn it off, the bird has flown. Is there any way to immobilise that button? People keep asking what I am using because the pics are so good. am amazed by the negative reviews above.
Second camera where the zoom fails. Any zoom issues known to be common?
Hi Pam, no common issues with the zoom failing. The only thing we would suggest is you ensure there is no dust on the lens as you retract it into place.
Buy Canon! Never an issue have one for personal use and 2 for work and all are just fantastic
My daughter is now a convert and has 2 also and can’t believe it’s taken her so long to see the light!
Mine still has intermittent faults (read my review), if I was you I'd just forget Panasonic and go for Canon as Kathy has suggested
I've had numerous Canon cameras over the years and no problems at all, still have a 40D that is perfect after many years of sterling service and a good old Ixus 80 that has been battered and abused all over the world and never missed a beat
In purchasing the Panasonic TZ70 I was after a point and shoot camera that would provide a better image quality than the (very basic) Ixus 80, wishing I had stuck to Canon...........
I was just about to buy a Lumix TZ70, but quite a range of opinions given your experiences. If you guys were to get a camera in the same price range range as the Lumix, what would be your choice ?
I hated that camera so much i threw it in the closet and bought a Sony HX90V - love it.
Thanks Edge. What was so bad about it ?
If I were you I'd go for a completely different brand of camera. I bought a TZ70 and it is a lemon. Had it back twice to get fixed still not fixed. Contacted Panasonic they gave me another contact number and said it would cost more again. So disappointed and annoyed. This was not a cheap camera and it cost me $220 for repairs not that anything was done.
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