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Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.175secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.4secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.0secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
9fps (98 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 9fps (14 shots)


Focus is quick at both ends of the lens range, and you can take a good number of shots before the camera stops shooting in high speed continuous drive mode. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Portrait photos taken with flash don't show any signs of red-eye, although this might change if your subject is prone to red-eye. Colour is very good, with bright saturated images that look good straight from the camera. The camera also shoots raw so that you have the option to process images yourself, although for the most part we found this wasn't necessary. Exposure is reliable, and images showed good levels of contrast that should please most people. 

Post Focus - You can select the frame you want in camera, and use the touch-screen to choose the focus point, saving the individual frame as a JPEG image. This feature works better on cameras with a larger sensor such as the Panasonic Lumix GX8 that has a shallower depth of field. 4K Photo - shoots at 30fps, you can then select the frame you want in camera later and save the individual frame as a JPEG image.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Detail is good whether you're shooting wide-angle or telephoto shots, although images are softer towards the corners of the frame when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens. There is minimal distortion visible in images, with the camera automatically correcting images in camera, with an option for diffraction compensation as well. Macro performance is very good with the camera letting you focus on subjects that are just 3cm away from the front of the lens. You can also use some optical zoom to get an even closer macro photo. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise performance is very good from ISO80 and up, with good levels of detail recorded by the camera. Detail drops at ISO800, but noise is still well controlled, and becomes more noticeable at ISO1600. ISO3200 shows a drop in colour saturation, and it's debateable as to whether images taken at ISO3200 would be usable or not, and we'd recommend avoiding this setting, and above, if possible. You can adjust the noise reduction options from -5 to +5 in 1 digit increments, however, we left the camera on default settings (0) for these shots.

The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 had greatly improved noise performance at ISO3200 thanks to the 12mp sensor, compared to the TZ60 with an 18mp sensor. The TZ80 with a new 18mp has better noise performance at ISO3200 compared to the 18mp TZ60, but the TZ70 gives slightly better noise performance and colour saturation at this high ISO setting. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs very well under Fluorescent lighting, and there are no fluorescent presets available on this camera. AWB performs very well under tungsten lighting, and for a warmer result, the tungsten preset can be used, to capture the mood of the scene for example. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a large number of creative effects available, and we've included examples above. The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good, and well stitched together, with a high resolution image produced, which is an improvement over the TZ70.

Video - The TZ80 record 4K video at 25fps, with stereo sound and the camera also lets you use the optical zoom whilst recording. When recording FullHD video, the 5-axis optical image stabilisation does an excellent job of keeping the video stable and smooth. However, when recording 4K video, it seemed to find it more difficult to keep the video as stable when holding the camera and using optical zoom. For the best results a tripod is recommended, particularly if using a lot of optical zoom. There is also a zoom mic option, plus high speed shooting modes at 100fps (HD) and 200fps (VGA). 

4K Live Cropping - This lets you record a cropped FullHD video from an area of the 4K frame. So for example you could use 30x optical zoom, then use this cropping feature to effectively double the zoom, or you can set the start position and end position and the camera would pan from one area to the finish point. You can adjust the size of the crop, and we've included examples here. You can also have a look at additional 4K videos recorded with the TZ80 on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.

 


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Comments


1 Jun 2017 4:59AM
Bought one. to save the weight of my SLRs in travelling. only to find you miss sot trying to get through the menu. You cannot use RAW or the super macro i use allot together, poor aperture and speeds. to much gimmicks, for a camera with such a good lens.

impressed with the super zoom , that's about it. Most bugging thing about the camera. You miss shots by being in other modes, like you set for macro zoom, the super zoom does not work. You have to come out of that setting to enable the zoom to work fully. That Raw mode greys out some settings,

It is fiddly to have to play with the setting, Would have been much better to make the camera simple build with more aperture and speed settings. All cameras should come with a screen protector. but the . Controlling exposure is also a menace when wanting to stop down and make mood, As you stop down take the photo, you find nothing has changed.

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28 Jul 2017 12:44AM
Another conclusion after much use. Macro is not bad and az for the 3 zoom modes Well the zoom is amazing. Only draw back is the sensor is just not big enough to justify a Lica Lens. images are ok for snaps Nothing more. Your never going to get an image to put on the wall. Up loading your photos to the net for face book or to get likes may be as far as you get, you would not want to blow these images up or crop them.

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