Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ80EB-K Super Zoom Camera - Black

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ80EB-K Super Zoom Camera - Black

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ80EB-K Super Zoom Camera - Black

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Although noise isn't particularly visible until fairly high up the sensitivity range - it only starts to become problematic when you reach ISO 3200, this seems to be as a result of extensive image smoothing which render those shots taken at the highest settings of ISO 1600 only really useable at small printing or sharing sizes. It’s great to have such a wide choice of AF area modes, but it’s the touch screen that makes the biggest difference to focussing with the TZ90 / ZS70. You can simply tap the screen to position the AF area in single area mode. Custom Multi mode allows you to select a subset of the 49 areas arranged in a diamond configuration a single row or column, or a user defined pattern, then you simply tap the screen to position your AF grid. When you’re in Face detect mode you can also select which eye you want to focus on by tapping it. Shooting moving subjects with the focus mode set to continuous is a bit more of a hit and miss affair though. I found the best results were achieved with the TZ80 / ZS80 set to 49 Area AF mode using the central AF area grouping. In good light the TZ80 / ZS60’s contrast detect system, aided by Depth from Defocus, can acquire and maintain focus on a moderately paced subject moving towards the camera with a better than 50% success rate. Once the light starts to fade, however, it becomes much less reliable. And you can expect the hit rate to fall pretty dramatically with faster moving and less predictable subjects like animals or football players. So to help you manage those expectations, the long zoom may let you get closer to wildlife or sports subjects, but may struggle to keep them in focus if they’re moving, especially in lower light.

i went with the ZS50 based soley on price. the cameras have the same zoom length, very similar in the hand, and both have good controls and shoot raw. i really like the EVF, too - it's small but clear. neither they nor the sony are great for low light, nor is any other small sensor camera. you can mitigate some of the graininess in low light by learning to use your camera always shooting raw+jpg - then if you have a pic you really want to improve, you can. Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set1 / White Set2 / Color Temperature/(2-axis Adjustable)The important point is that no amount of JPG PP will be able to undo the JPG NR degradation finer details. Any further PP NR to reduce JPG noise/ artifacts will further degrade fine details. Like other recent Lumix models with 4k video, the TZ90 / ZS70 also supports Panasonic’s 4k Photo mode – exploiting the fact 4k video captures an 8 Megapixel image up to 30 times a second. The TZ90 / ZS70 lets you easily capture bursts of video before scrolling through the footage and extracting the perfect frame as a JPEG image, all in-camera. You could of course frame grab from video externally (and here’s the clip I filmed), but Panasonic has made it easy to perform the whole process in-camera. This is essentially the same as the 25-750mm equivalent range of Canon’s earlier PowerShot SX710 HS, but with the newer PowerShot SX720 HS Canon has extended the zoom to 40x with a range in 35mm terms equivalent to 24-960mm. And although its zoom is longer, the PowerShot SX720 matches the f3.3 focal ratio of the TZ80 / ZS60 at the wide end, closing to f6.9 when fully zoomed in. The closest focusing distances with the lenses set to wide are 3cm, and 1cm respectively, allowing both to capture good macro images, although giving the Canon the edge. Max. 4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)

Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 may be aimed at enthusiast photographers looking for something to take on their travels - the addition of raw format shooting and advanced shooting modes suggests that - there is also a good automatic option, which does a good job of accurately assessing the scene in front of it to set the most appropriate settings. That makes it also good for beginners who are mostly interested in the 30x optical zoom available. The whole 4K photo process is very impressive but equally as simple to use. The camera comes with a very simple guide to 4K Photo to get you started, including what the different 4K modes do, how to use them and even some suggestions as to the different situations that you might us each of them in. A guide so simple, even we felt like camera pros… Top Tip This is the same touch-sensitive screen that’s used on the TZ100 / ZS100 and, as on the flagship Lumix travel zoom, can be used to place the AF area for focussing, meter exposure, shoot and select soft function buttons, it also allows menu selection and entering of details when making network connections. I’m very pleased to see the touch-screen return to the TZ / ZS series and it’s one of the big advantages the TZ80 / ZS60 holds over Canon’s SX720 has which has neither a touch-screen nor a viewfinder. Panasonic has added some interesting technology to its superzoom segment of the market, and it's interesting to see that the Lumix DMC-TZ80 now represents the more affordable of the company's duo of new travel compacts. Below are ZS50 (1/2.3" sensor) 800 ISO JPG NR vs. RAW NR comparisons; in both comparisons left image JPG; right RAW PP with PSE14 & DeNoise (view original size).The Lumix TZ90 / ZS70’s inherits the same four continuous shooting modes as the earlier TZ80 / ZS60. Low (2fps with Live View), Medium (5fps with Live View), and High (10fps without Live View). The TZ80 / ZS60’s Super High (40fps for a burst of 60 frames and at a reduced resolution of 4.5 Megapixels using the electronic shutter) is no longer available. With Continuous autofocus, the top speed reduces slightly to 5fps regardless of whether you’re set to Medium or High, so you may as well go for the former and enjoy Live View. We initially used our spare SD card from another camera, a basic 8GB card that struggled to keep up with the demands of the camera. All this meant was that once the recording in 4K photo mode had finished, it sometimes took a while before the images had been processed and the camera was ready to be used again. This could obviously be a problem if the action was to start again and you were unable to capture it. LVF (Live View Finder) (1,166k dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x/Magnification: Approx. 2.59x / 0.46x (35 mm camera equivalent) Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ mode only./0.6 - 5.6m (Wide / ISO Auto), 2.0 - 2.9m (Tele / ISO Auto) By viewing full size sample images you can see (prior to purchasing) if the camera's image quality is acceptable for your preferences/ usage.

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