Panasonic Lumix FZ80

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panasonic-fz80Panasonic’s Lumix FZ80 features the Lumix DC Vario 60x optical zoom (equivalent: 20-1200 mm). The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and advanced image processor Venus Engine help achieve high-speed response and high-quality images.

For fast response and high mobility, the camera boasts a high-speed, high-precision AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology1, which shortens the focusing time. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at a high 240-fps signal exchange speed. As a result, the camera achieves focus in approximately 0.09 sec. This benefit is said to increase as the focal length grows. The company notes Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

The FZ80 also offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC). Thanks to the touch-control system, users can quickly focus right on the subject and even release the shutter with touch operation.

The camera records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p. The optical zoom and POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode suppresses blurring, even in video recording, says the company. Users can enjoy 4K photo shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as the new Focus Stacking, Post Focus, Light Composition, and 4K Live Cropping. For more creative freedom, Creative Control and Creative Panorama options are available.

As well as a rear monitor with touch-control system, the camera has an EVF (Electronic View Finder). It also includes Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image-sharing with easy operation, plus a hot shoe.

Intelligent Zoom extends the lens zoom ratio up to 120x equivalent.

The camera offers the Post Focus function which enables users to select the in-focus area even after shooting. This function has been developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology with 4K technology. Both Post Focus and Focus Stacking can be activated quickly with the dedicated button on the top panel.

As well as QFHD 4K videos, the camera records Full-HD 1920×1080 videos at 60p in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with full-time AF.

The FZ80 enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording to achieve stable panning or zooming in video recording. Thanks to its digital operation, panning and zooming images are smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens.

A variety of video recording options are also available: High Speed Video, Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation. High Speed Video records at 120fps.

Full manual control is available with the camera

Panasonic also notes the design of the grip has been re-engineered for stable holding during extended shooting.

The FZ80 will have a black body and will be available in March.

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