Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Review

Panasonic has introduced the latest addition to the range of travel zoom cameras, the Lumix TZ80. This new camera has a small and rugged construction makes it perfect to fit easily in your pocket, while his weight less than 300g, makes it perfect for adventure. The new TZ model manages to combine amazing performance and a lot of practical features in a very light structure. Its sensor 18M is ideal for taking high quality photos in any situation and 4K feature lets you record your favorite travel memories with incredible detail. In addition, the Lumix TZ80 also includes a Leica lens with 30x zoom, allowing you to shoot with great quality.

The camera features a MOS sensor high sensitivity 18M to capture the most subtle details in any scenario: whether you take pictures on a sunny beach or during a dinner by candlelight, the exceptional performance in low light conditions of the Lumix TZ80 ensures crisp, clear, natural results with minimal noise. The sensor complements a powerful processor Venus to reproduce stunning colors that accurately reflect the originally viewed through the lens composition. The quality of the Panasonic DMC-TZ80 the LEICA target high-end 30x zoom (24-720 mm) is added, which delivers performance that far exceeds the compact structure. Thus, the camera can be closer to the action without disturbing the subject, which is perfect for images and videos in an environment of wild nature, but also useful to get more natural photos of family and friends.

The Lumix TZ80 also features 4K video capability, which allows you to record and relive special moments with the greatest qualities. With four times the resolution of Full HD, 4K video can accurately reproduce colors and details of each scene, to provide the closest experience possible to experience first hand. The camera and offers a comfortable recording high quality video and 4K 3840 x 2160 at 25 fps in MP4; and high resolution videos Full HD 1920 x 1080 50p AVCHD.

In addition to its use in the video, Panasonic also has 4K technology to bring photographic accuracy to another level. For the first time in a travel camera, the Panasonic Photo 4K extract function enables 8-megapixel fixed a 4K video (30 fps) with pinpoint accuracy a picture. This feature provides the perfect resolution to capture fleeting moments, either capture the moment when a child jumps into the pool or when a dolphin breaks the waves. Another addition to the Lumix TZ Post Focus range is the function that allows you to select the focus point of the images even after shooting. The auto focus of the Lumix TZ80 calculates the distance between the camera and subject so that the optimal approach for 49 different areas within each frame is captured. Once taken the photo, you can select the specific area on which you want to focus. For example, you can leave the family in the foreground or highlight a stunning landscape in the background. It also has the option to export multiple photos from a single shot, without having to give up any of the approaches.

For those users who are looking to hone their photographic skills, the Lumix TZ80 offers a wide manual configuration very easy to use. The control ring provides convenient control of settings such as zoom, aperture or shutter speed, allowing focus efforts on preparing the perfect shot. Similarly, the 3.0-inch touch screen with 1040K dots can navigate menus and select the preferred configuration of an extremely easy and fast, even in direct sunlight.

Once the user has selected their favorite holiday photos on the Lumix TZ80 you can share with friends and family at the touch of a button. It is as simple as connecting a smartphone or tablet camera to share images on social networks, attach them to an email or watch them remotely on a larger screen.

Panasonic DMC-TZ80 price and availability
• Beginning April 2016
• Available in Black and Silver
• Price: € 449

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Review

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is the new flagship mirrorless compact sector. Its mission is to compete with the best that the category has to offer: Tools prized as the Olympus OM-D and-M1 or the Fujifilm X-T1. The price reflects this ambition: 1200 euros for the only machine and about 1600 for the package that also includes the versatile 14-140 mm lens stabilized.
Data sheet

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 uses a 4:3 format CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20 Megapixels: the highest achieved so far by category. Isn’t the only notable aspect of this camera, it offers a 3 inch OLED rear panel and 1 million points (fully articulated and equipped with touch technology), an electronic viewfinder adjustable, too, a mechanical shutter that reaches the great speed of 1/8,000 s (with 1/250s flash sync) and a volley from 6 FPS with continuous autofocus or 10 FPS with single AF.

Could not miss the 4 k video mode (with a maximum of 25 fps and 100Mbps). Also of interest is the new Dual stabilization technology, which takes advantage of both the stabilizer built into the camera body, is the one that may be present in the goals, for a combined result even more effective.

Continuous technological amenities including Wi-Fi antenna, NFC and external microphone input (in a standard 2, 5 mm). Absent, however, the flash: it is neither integrated into the camera body, nor provided in the form of outdoor unit. To use a flasher with this machine, so you have to purchase it separately.

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is built and designed very well, except for one detail worth mentioning now: its dimensions are pretty generous for a mirrorless. The body machine measures 77.9 x 63.1 x 133.2 mm and weighs 487g: once grafted also aims, this camera is not the more portable between the compact while remaining well away from volumes of a traditional SLR.

For the rest, the construction of the GX8 is very satisfactory. The shell is made of high quality plastics and metal and is very solid and pleasant to hold, thanks to very pronounced and comfortable grip. Also the camera body is partially sealed and therefore resistant to dust and water splashes.

The button layout and the depth of the control system are undoubtedly from advanced machine, ready to satisfy even the most demanding photographers. In addition to the two traditional collars, are in fact present a physical dial for exposure compensation (up to +3 and -3 stop), a button for the quick menu and really tons of customizable keys (over 5, one front), to have all the functions always at your fingertips. Both the nuts that the buttons shall also forward a very solid and precise tactile feel.

Touch panel also adds interesting control options, as well as the screen and the viewfinder fully posable (the latter taken from GX7 Panasonic models and exclusive).

Performance and usability

The performance of the Lumix GX8 are class leading mirrorless. The single auto focus is very fast, very accurate and (with the right goals) totally silent. Also the continuous AF is effective: keeping the subject framed in the central area, you can track it with remarkable results. The track on the whole picture is available and definitely usable, but not nearly as accurate (it is, after all, a very advanced feature and usually the preserve of professional SLR).

The burst, in its many versions, is excellent. Traditional mode offers the optimal speed of 6 FPS with continuous AF and allow it to freeze the moments with great effectiveness. Using the AF fixed 10 fps at full resolution are reached and even 25 fps in burst mode 4 k (with reduced resolution to 8 Megapixels). The buffer is never a problem: in most cases you can take freely dozens of consecutive images, without incurring delays. Overall, the GX8 is one of the most responsive and snappy cameras on the market and gives the feeling of not being really never in trouble, even in more complicated scenarios.

Interesting posts focus function (introduced with the updated firmware on 25 November), where you can take a burst of images and select the desired focus point, even using the touch screen. Its implementation, however, is not refined or particularly fast: va launched electronic menu and, as long as it remains active, overwrites many other settings. In future models, probably, will appear on the control dial.

Less commendable, instead, the autonomy of about 330 shots: seen the large space available, you could opt for a bigger battery.

The image quality of the Panasonic Lumix GX8 is very good for a camera micro 4:3. In ideal shooting conditions, the files produced do justice to 20 Megapixel sensor, being rich in detail and well balanced in terms of exposure and contrast.

The color profile is not always brilliant (as often happens in Panasonic models), but the many metrics allow intervention to customize it as you like. The most demanding from this point of view, however, may choose to shoot in RAW and then develop their own images.

The performance in low light is good for the category, but not impressive in a general sense. To ISO base images are well detailed and clean, just go up to intermediate values (500-800) to notice some degradation in fine detail, especially in the middle tones (such as skin). Going to 1600 and beyond, the digital noise and its suppression are increasingly insidious, making the images gradually softer and foggy, and characterising them with the appearance of the color blocks.

This is typical for a low diagonal sensor compromises, but on a camera at this price it is impossible not to draw comparisons with the best mid-range DSLRs, which in many cases offer even higher image quality. The most susceptible to this theme will make their assessments and decide if the tradeoff is worth it.

On the video front, however, the Panasonic Lumix GX8 is unparalleled. The footage is 4 k format 1080 p resolution are excellent in terms of detail and dynamism; numerous advanced functions (zebra patterns, professional color profiles, etc.) offer a great depth of use for video makers technically savvy, while the automatic help less experienced user to still get good results, including autofocus. Shame about not being able to use even in video integrated stabilizer.

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is an excellent mirrorless camera, characterized by a high performance line Department, a large depth of examination, physical construction of high standard and a video mode of the most advanced ever included in a consumer camera.

The image quality, although not reaching the one offered by the best SLRs of equal cost, it is still very good for a mirrorless. To carefully evaluate the size, not too strong, but quite generous for a category that always makes the portability its main flagship.

1200 euros for the only machine are certainly a high figure, but that’s the price you pay if you want to have the best in the mirrorless: a very exclusive club of which the GX8 is definitely part of it.