Yet another Panasonic camera has been bestowed upon us, this model being the Lumix FZ80. The newest addition to Panasonic’s FZ series features the same Venus Engine found in today’s other two camera announcements, as well as a High Sensitivity MOS 18.1-megapixel sensor. Most notable, though, is the FZ80’s massive 60x optical zoom, a 20 – 1200mm 35mm camera equivalent. To keep those ultra-zoomed photo sharp, the camera also features POWER Optical Image Stabilization.
Panasonic packs a lot of technology into their camera model including Depth From Defocus (DFD), something the company calls a high-precision and high-speed auto focus that decreased the focusing time. Thanks to this technology, the new Lumix model can auto focus in about 0.09 seconds.
As far as photos go, the camera is able to snap images at up to 6fps (AFC) or up to 10fps (AFS). The rear 1040k touchscreen display enables users to focus on items with a touch. This is joined by the items 0.2-inch 1170K-dot electronic view finder. Connectivity, meanwhile, includes WiFi for wireless transfers.
Other camera features include a hot shoe, a LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens, intelligent (digital) zoom that boosts the zoom rate to 120x, 4K 3840 x 2160/30p video recording, 4K PHOTO, and functions like Post Focus, 4K Live Cropping, Focus Stacking, and Light Composition. The FZ80 launches in March for $399.99.