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The LU­MIX DMC-TZ70 is billed as the “ul­ti­mate travel cam­era for ev­ery desti­na­tion”, and ac­tu­ally fea­tures a sen­sor with a lower res­o­lu­tion count that its pre­de­ces­sor, the DMC-TZ60, which boasts a 18.1-megapixel MOS sen­sor. This low­ered pixel count should make for im­proved low-light per­for­mance, and in­deed the DMC-TZ70 was one of the bet­ter per­form­ers at ISO 6400.

The cam­era fea­tures slight de­sign changes from its pre­de­ces­sor, with a larger hand grip in the front and a flat­ter pro­file over­all. It’s also very slightly taller and wider at 110.7 x 64.6 x 34.4 mm (com­pared to 110.6 x 64.3 x 34.4 mm of the DMC-TZ60), but oth­er­wise ev­ery­thing re­mains es­sen­tially un­changed save a slight shift of the Live View func­tion key to the cen­ter.

That’s ac­tu­ally now a pro­gram­mable func­tion but­ton, giv­ing you two but­tons with which you can as­sign cus­tom func­tions to in ad­di­tion to the four main quick ac­cess but­tons on the di­rec­tional pad. There isn’t a quick menu func­tion on the DMC-TZ70 though, so you will prob­a­bly find your­self div­ing into the full menu fairly of­ten. Menu is di­vided into four sec­tions - Rec, Mo­tion Pic­ture, Setup and Wi-Fi. That adds a bit more has­sle to some­thing as sim­ple as chang­ing the White Bal­ance or your drive modes.

What’s nice is the con­trol ring over the lens as it’s cer­tainly a good size to al­low for pre­cise ad­just­ments like when you’re do­ing man­ual fo­cus for ex­treme close-ups. An­other small touch we also liked was how the cam­era dis­plays the en­tire zoom range for each stop when you ad­just the lever. You can im­me­di­ately tell the min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance of the cam­era for the par­tic­u­lar zoom length it’s set at, which can at times help ex­plain why the cam­era can’t get fo­cus (too close to the sub­ject).

The movie record­ing but­ton is raised up just enough.

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