Panasonic has launched its Lumix FZ80 superzoom 4K camera in the Middle East. The camera, from the popular FZ series, packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability. The feature filled 18.1-megapixel camera comes with manual operation and a 60X wide to super-telephoto enabling users to shoot everything from expansive vistas to distant landscapes and wildlife images.
The DC-FZ80 is feature-packed for great appeal and versatility for photography enthusiasts and travelers, as the lens features 20mm-1200mm zoom providing impressive wide angle shooting and homing in on distant subjects. The Lumix DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens in the camera can capture 40% wider angle of view compared to a 24mm lens.
The Lumix FZ80 boasts a high-speed, high-precision AF with DFD (depth from defocus) technology, which shortens the focusing time. The camera and the lens exchange the digital signal at max 240fps, allowing the camera to achieve an autofocusing speed of approximately 0.09 second. This capability is particularly impressive when paired with the DC-FZ80’s super telephoto focal length lens. The camera offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) in 18.1-megapixel full resolution with a mechanical shutter, to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus.
Other important features include 4k photo and video, as well as post focus option. 4K Live Cropping provides video shooters with amazing flexibility – for example, cropping to create smooth, slow zooms or stable pans – while maintaining Full HD picture quality in the final footage. Whereas, 4K Photo with 4K Pre-burst mode shoots 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released to capture the defining shot. Batch Save stores an entire burst sequence of up to 150 frames at just one press of a button. 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.
Hitesh Ojha, deputy GM – Imaging & AV, PMMAF said: "The FZ80 is designed to suit travelers or anyone who wants a camera that is easy to use, and offers high quality images with super zoom capability. A perfect camera to shoot your excursions into nature, FZ80 provides smooth 4K video capturing as well. Moreover, features like the built-in Wi-Fi enables users to share and download pictures in a hassle free manner making it an ideal choice for any discerning socially-active photographer."
Other advanced functions include Live View Finder (LVF) with a magnification ratio of approximately 0.46x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3). The high 60-fps frame rate minimises image lag to shoot fast-moving subjects. A 3-inch 1040K-dot touch control rear monitor provides quick focusing and shutter release and supports after-shooting operations including selecting 4K Photo shots or setting Post Focus. Full manual control and P/A/S/M mode allow advanced users to enjoy more creative photography. The grip design has been re-engineered for stability during extended shooting. Moreover, the Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) with Active Mode suppresses blur in video and still image recording.
The Lumix FZ80 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to provide a more flexible shooting experience and enables users to upload images to a variety of social media services right on the spot.
The Lumix FZ80 is available in the UAE at AED 1,549 (US$472).