Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Review

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Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1...
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera: 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zooms DC Vario lens (20 1220...
  • High Resolution View Finder and LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch...
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video...

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1...

Specifications​​​​​

  • Other Features: 4K photo modes with post focus, focus stacking
  • Weight: 1.36 lbs. (616g)
  • Battery: Li-ion
  • Weather Sealing: No
  • Screen: 3″ touchscreen
  • GPS: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Video: 4K (3840×2160) at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • RAW: Yes
  • Image Stabilization: Power OIS
  • Autofocus System: Depth from Defocus (Contrast Detection)
  • Burst Speed: Up to 10 fps
  • Zoom: 60x
  • Aperture: f/2.8 – 5.9
  • Shutter Speed: 4 – 1/2000 (1-1/16000 electronic)
  • ISO: 80 – 6400
  • Sensor: 18.1 megapixel 1/2.3″ MOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-03-15

The super zoom category is jam packed with cameras offering the reach that pocketable cameras cannot — but the LUMIX DMC-FZ70 enters the fray with a brighter than average lens and 4K video.The Panasonic FZ80 uses a 1/2.3″ sensor, typical for super zooms at this price point. But what’s not typical is the bright f/2.8-5.9 lens, something that’s harder to find.

The camera also offers decent speed, with shooting bursts at up to 10 fps.Panasonic is really making a name for themselves in video, and the FZ80 looks to be no exception. 4K video is another feature tough to find for less than $500. The 4K footage is shot at 30 fps.

Even if video isn’t your thing, the 4K introduces a number of photo modes, that, if previous models are any indication, are both incredibly fun and powerful. The 4K Post Focus takes a short video, adjusting the focus throughout. That allows you to choose the focus after the shot, since all the information is included in that video.

Creating a sharper image by combining multiple shots is also available through the same technique with in-camera focus stacking. The 4K photo modes aren’t as quick as the stills and have a slightly lower resolution, but they’re one of a handful of photo modes that are truly unique to Panasonic and incredibly fun to use.

That capability is wrapped up in a bridge-style body with a touchscreen, wi-fi and several physical controls. The camera weighs just over a pound. While the FZ80 isn’t going to pack the same punch as its big sister, the FZ2500 with a larger one-inch sensor, the list of features is pretty impressive considering the price tag.