While our smartphones make for great cameras that we can pull out of our pockets and snap photos while on the go, sometimes there is still a need for a “proper” camera. However if you’d rather not lug around a DSLR or invest into a mirrorless system and its interchangeable lenses, a compact camera is probably you next best bet.
Panasonic might have the answer for you in the form of the recently announced Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70. This is a compact camera that comes with an ultra-wide 30x optical zoom lens, meaning that at its widest you’ll be able to snap photos at 24mm, or if you wanted to zoom you have the option of a 30x optical zoom, so you’ll essentially be able to get in up to 720mm.
Other specs of the camera include a 20.3MP sensor and is also capable of capturing 4K video. It will also come with a Venus Engine image processor, and there seems to be some kind of Lytro-like functionality called “Post Focus”, where users can choose which area of the photo they want to focus on after the shot has been taken.
There will also be a 3-inch LCD display with touchscreen functionality that can also tilt up by 180-degrees, which will also activate Self Shot mode. If this sounds like a compact you wouldn’t mind getting your hands on, the Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 will be made available at the end of May where it is priced at $450.