Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 Gordon Laing, January 2017

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 preview

The Panasonic Lumix FZ82, or FZ80 as it's known in North America, is a 'bridge' super-zoom camera with a 60x / 20-1200mm range, 18 Megapixel stills, and 4k video with 4k Photo features. Announced in January 2017, it's the successor to the two-and-a-half-year-old Lumix FZ70 / FZ72.

The new Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 shares the same optical range as its predecessor, taking you from an unusually wide 20mm equivalent to a super-telephoto 1200mm, allowing you to grab expansive landscapes or tight interiors at one moment and close-ups of distant wildlife or the Moon at the other. Even after the crop applied by the 4k video / photo modes, the camera still delivers 28-1680mm coverage, and there's also the ability to focus as close as 1cm. New to the FZ80 / FZ82 are the 18 Megapixel sensor giving it two over the FZ70 / FZ72, but more importantly allowing the camera to film 4k video at 24-30fps and support Panasonic's clever 4k Photo modes which effectively capture 8 Megapixel stills at 30fps or let you refocus after the event. The sensor also supports an electronic shutter, extending the fastest shutter speed from 1/2000 to 1/16000, and continuous autofocus has improved with Panasonic's DFD technology. Burst shooting is also up from 9 to 10fps, although remains at 5fps with continuous autofocus.

The screen remains fixed, but now sports a higher resolution 1040k dot panel that's now touch-sensitive, and while the built-in viewfinder remains small in size, it too has received in boost in detail to 1170k dot. The FZ80 / FZ82 additionally offers 1080p video at up to 120fps for slow-motion and can now be charged over USB, both useful upgrades over its predecessor, but it's the 4k capabilities that are the headliners. Expect the FZ80 / FZ82 in March 2017 for 329 GBP.



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