Panasonic has finally released a bridge camera to replace the FZ70 which was launched in 2013. Now there is the Panasonic Lumix FZ80. In countries outside the United States, it’s called FZ82.
This camera is priced at $399.99 dollars which is rather affordable compared to the $1200 Panasonic FZ2500
The Lumix FZ80 is said to have a lot of updated features from the all-in-one superzoom FZ72 and we are going to study them in this Panasonic FZ80 review.
- 18.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
- 60x zoom lens (20-1200mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9)
- The 3-inch touchscreen LCD display
- 10 frames per second continuous shooting
- RAW format support
- 4K UHD video recording
- 4K Photo modes
- Built-in Wi-Fi
The most famous feature of this camera is the 4K UHD video recording and photo mode which has sparked many Panasonic FZ80 reviews, especially in the field taking pictures.
It allows you to take a short video clip which if you select a section of it in review mode, you can come up with a focused still image.
It has a post-focus mode that allows you to take many photos from different focus points and then select the perfect one. The focus stacking mode merges photos to make an image with a wider field depth. It also has a light composition feature which makes it possible to shoot even under minimum light.
The Panasonic FZ80 has a very powerful and versatile lens which allow you to take very clear images. It also has a lens position resume button which you can press to make the lens focus as it had before the camera was switched off.
The lens also allows you to take photos that cover a wider angle since they are larger than the lens typical camera have. The lens can take focused pictures from a distance since they are long.
This camera has an autofocus technology that speeds up focusing. It is improved with Panasonic’s DFD technology. It has a viewfinder that is very easy to spot
Many Panasonic Lumix FZ80 reviews have displayed sample images taken using this camera and I have to admit, they are quite impressive.
This Lumix DC-FZ80 has a built-in Wi-Fi feature that enables you to transfer images to your phone. It also gives you access to a live feed where you can use your phone as a remote control. The camera can also be charged through an external USB power bank which is a great thing for travellers.
The camera supports the use of SD cards as it has a memory card slot in the battery compartment. It also has an eye-level EVF which makes it easier to take sharp zoomed shots.
The frame on the Panasonic Lumix dc-fz80 is quite sensitive to touch meaning you can easily navigate through the camera menu as you do on a smartphone.
The camera allows you to change your settings as you take pictures; this allows you to create the kind of picture you want. It also enables you to focus on your desired area of a photo even after you have already taken it.
The FZ80 uses the same DMW – BMB9E battery used in the FZ70 hence. This is good for those who want to upgrade as they can use any spares from the models they have.
The Pros and Cons
Every product has a good side and a bad side and from my Panasonic Lumix dc-fz80 review I found the following to be true;
- The camera is compact.
- It is very easy to use.
- There is a comprehensive Manual mode for those who need it.
- It is very convenient.
- Using it is quite comfortable.
- It takes great quality pictures and videos.
- It is very lightweight.
- It is durable.
- It has focus noise.
- There is no sensor.
- Autofocus is slow in 4K video mode.
- It should have a tilting display.
- It takes a bit longer to turn on.
- It has a weak ISO performance.
Every Panasonic FZ80 review I have seen so far seems to agree that this is a great camera to have and I agree. It is revolutionary. It is a very attractive device with enviable advanced functionalities.
It has excellent physical controls hence more approachable for newer photographers. In this Lumix FZ80 review, the camera speaks for itself through the many advantages it offers to every user.
It is pocket-friendly and convenient. It may not be the perfect camera yet but in my opinion, it is the perfect substitute for those who have no budget for the more expensive and better quality cameras
If you are looking for more flexibility and quality in your photography, then this camera is for you. As long as you are not looking for a camera that you can put in your pocket.