Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS70 Review
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Features & Controls
The all-glass aspherical Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 3x zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F5.0 maximum aperture. No lens cap is needed, a built-in shutter protects the lens when the camera is powered down.
The MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the digital camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. The MEGA OIS has two modes of operation:
Mode 2 - The stabilizer is only activated when the shutter release is pressed. There is a greater stabilizing effect in this mode.
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system has a working range of:
Users may choose from selectable AF settings. In addition to the 5-point and 1-point normal
speed, the LS70 can be set to 1-point high-speed autofocus. This setting
nearly eliminates the time lag that often occurs with high-magnification zoom shots, letting
users capture those great, spontaneous moments.
The built-in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill and
Forced Off modes. The working flash range is: Approx. 0.98 feet (30cm) to 15.42 feet (4.7m)
(Wide angle, ISO Auto.)
The 2.0-inch color LCD has only 86,400 pixels of resolution - it's used for framing,
review and menu operations. There is no optical viewfinder.
selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it
adjusts exposure compensation. Press
"Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine
the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and
of course in both record and play modes it is used to navigate the menu screens.
The MENU / SET button calls up and dismisses the menu system and accepts selections.
The DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information
is shown on the LCD. The FUNCtion button gives you access to the FUNC shortcut menu in record mode, and acts as the image delete option in playback mode.
Controls on the top include the Mode dial, combination shutter release and zoom control ring, and power switch. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button to the right of the shutter release enables the Extended optical zoom option.
The Mode Dial has positions for:
SCN -Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Party, Sunset, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle Light, Soft Skin, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, High Sensitivity, Beach, Starry Sky, Aerial Photo
heart icon - Simple mode for beginners, minimal menu choices
Play - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes
i - Intelligent ISO mode
camera icon - The normal Program AE point-n-shoot mode
flower icon - Macro focus mode for closeup photography
Movie - Capture motion JPEG with audio, length is limited only to available memory
Print Mode - Choose print settings when connected to a compatible printer
Still images and movie clips are stored on 27MB of internal memory or
optional removable SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.
Approximate Storage Capacities
The DMC-LS70 can be powered by two AA Oxyride, alkaline rechargeable NiMH batteries. Included are two Panasonic Oxyride batteries that allow you to take up to 250 photos. Alkaline batteries let you take about 150 photos and NiMH cells allow up to 460 photos.
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