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Panasonic Lumix FZ80 has plenty of reach with 60X superzoom

Create: 01/08/2017 - 22:48
Panasonic Lumx FZ80

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20-1,200mm full-frame equivalent zoom lens
  • 18.1-MP sensor
  • 4K video and WiFi image transfer

As smartphones become every more powerful, the lure of digital point and shoots and so-called bridge cameras has lessened.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 might have enough features to make amateur take notice, particularly those who have reached the limits of a smartphone and want to take their photography to the next level.

Panasonic calls the FZ80 a point and shoot. It has an 18.1-MP 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor with a sensitivity of ISO 80-3,200, which can be extended upward to 6,400. It has a 60X 20-1,200mm (full-frame equivalent) lens, which puts it in the superzoom category. The FZ80’s Optical Image Stabilization should provide sharper photos, particularly those shot at long focal lengths.

The DC Vario 20-1,200mm lens uses 14 elements in 12 groups and includes six asperical and three extra low-dispersion elements.

The FZ80 has mechanical and electronic shutters. The mechanical shutter’s speed range is four seconds to 1/2,000, while the electronic shutter runs from one second to 1/16,000.

The camera can record up to 10 frames per second at full resolution and 30 frames per second at 8.1-MP.

The FZ80 has an electronic eye-level viewfinder, as well as a 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor. The LCD monitor is fixed in place. It cannot be flipped outward.

FOCUS STACKING, 4K VIDEO AND MORE

The FZ80’s “focus stacking” features records several images at different focus points, allowing the user to change the focus point after the image is recorded, as well as allowing for different points of focus in the same photo.

4K video capture occurs at 30 frames per second, while Full HD video is either 60 or 30 fps. Clip lengths are limited to 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

Still JPG and RAW images, as well, as video are recorded to an SD card.

In addition to built-in WiFi, the battery can be charged in the camera via a Micro-USB connection. There also are HDMI and standard USB connections.

Its dimensions are 5.1 x 3.7 x 4.7 inches (130.2 x 94.3 x 119.2mm), and it weighs 1.4 pounds (616 grams).

The FZ80 will be available in March 2017 for US$399.99.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.