The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is an excellent camera for wildlife photographers. This camera offers good image quality and an amazing 60x optical zoom. The fixed lens has a maximum aperture of F2.8-5.9. It is definitely the best point and shoot under 500 for someone who loves a zoom lens.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Panasonic Lumix FZ70\r\nThe Lumix FZ70 has a compact design and features a powerful zoom lens that offers a total optical zoom range of 60x. It also features a focal length between 20mm to 1200mm, which allows for ultra wide close up photography as well. The camera also comes with a Zoom microphone with Dolby Digital audio quality. You may also want to check out our review on how Sonys new WX5 TX9 digital cameras shoot in 3D.\r\n\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Lumix DMC-FZ70 features a 16.1-megapixel 1\/2.3" CMOS sensor and an F2.8-5.9 zoom lens that enables 20mm ultra wide angle to 60x optical zoom. With Intelligent Resolution technology, the soom can be digitally extended up to 120x. The camera offers a continuous shooting mode with up to 5fps AF or 2fps continuous AF tracking. You can also shoot full resolution 1080p videos in AVCHD and MP4 format. The Nikon Coolpix B700 is another good camera with 60x optical zoom.\r\nDesign\r\nThis camera looks like a DSLR camera, but without the interchangeable lens system. You get a fixed lens on the Lumix FZ70 and an electronic viewfinder. It features manual and auto controls with several shooting modes, and a mode dial for easy switching. Panasonic has included optical image stabilization to remove blur when using the long zoom feature. There\u2019s also a wind shielded microphone at the top that records clear audio with Dolby Digital quality. Don\u2019t like the design? Perhaps you\u2019ll prefer the Nikon P7700 then.\r\nValue\r\nThe Panasonic Lumix FZ70 is worth every penny you pay for it. It gets a really good optical zoom lens with 60x zoom range, a powerful image sensor that delivers good results, and a high quality microphone when recording video. Panasonic has also included a Creative Control mode that offers 15 filters. The camera features an LCD screen at the back and a memory card slot that supports most storage cards. If you don\u2019t need the 60x optical zoom, then maybe try the Canon Powershot G16.\r\nPanasonic Lumix FZ70 Wrap Up\r\nThe Lumix FZ70 is a great bridge camera for a wildlife photographer or someone who is getting into zoom photography. The 60x optical zoom works great and will surely impress you with its quality. The full HD recording will come in handy, especially with the zoom mic that offers Dolby Digital audio quality. A focus ring would\u2019ve made this camera perfect, but it\u2019s still a great deal even without it.