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Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix TZ80 is available for £359 (RRP), which makes it one of the more expensive travel zooms available, although it's one of the cheapest compact cameras with zoom available capable of recording 4K video (excluding action cameras). 

Alternative pocket / travel zoom cameras:
Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (with EVF), 30x, £295
Canon Powershot SX710 HS, 30x, £199
Nikon Coolpix S9900, 30x, £223

You could also look at the previous versions of this camera, if you wanted to save some money
Panasonic Lumix TZ60, 30x optical zoom, 18mp, EVF, Wi-Fi, GPS, £220
Panasonic Lumix TZ70, 30x optical zoom, 12mp, EVF, Wi-Fi, £255

Alternative 4K capable cameras:
Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (£449), Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark IV (£749) or others can be found in the Top 11 Best 4K Cameras 2015.

Have a look at more travel zoom cameras in our Top 10 Best Travel Zoom Cameras 2015. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix TZ80 brings 4K video and 4K photo shooting to the travel zoom market, at an excellent price point, meaning you get great "bang for buck" which should make this an excellent seller, particularly if the price drops over time, as is usually the case with digital cameras. If you've got a 4K TV or plan on getting one, then watching 4K video will make the most of the TZ80, although you can also benefit from 4K photo on your computer, or use 4K video for cropping and digital image stabilisation. Using the 4K photo modes is a good way to shoot at 30fps and select the moment you want, and the camera makes it quite easy to save individual frames.

The TZ80 is capable of taking great photos, with excellent colour and good levels of detail. The lens gives you a great zoom range, and the viewing and user experience is excellent thanks to a clear 3inch screen. There is a high resolution electronic viewfinder, however, due to the small size of this, you may find it uncomfortable to use, particularly if you wear glasses. If you think about the innovative 4K photo and video features, as well as the post focus shooting mode built into this camera, and the fact that you'd have to spend at least £100 more to get this in another camera (the FZ330), the Panasonic Lumix TZ80 is an extremely appealing camera, and should be high on your wish list. 

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Pros

4K video recording
4K photo features 
4K live cropping
Post Focus technology
MicroUSB charging (instead of proprietary cable)
Eye-detection sensor for EVF
5-axis image stabilisation
Dual axis electronic level
Built in help 
Customisable function buttons
3inch touch-screen
Great macro performance

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (ZS60) Cons

Small EVF
Purple fringing
Post focus is better on larger sensor cameras

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The Panasonic Lumix TZ80 updates the popular travel zoom series with a number of new features including 4K video and photo as well as a clear touch screen.

 



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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

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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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