Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 review

April 12, 2016

Overall Rating:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

  • Features: 4/5
  • Build/Handling: 4/5
  • Metering: 4/5
  • Autofocus: 4/5
  • AWB Colour: 3.5/5
  • Dynamic Range: 3.5/5
  • LCD viewfinder: 4/5



Price as Reviewed:


The Lumix DMC-TZ80 brings 4K video and touchscreen control of Panasonic's popular TZ travel-zoom range, along with a new sensor and a faster image processor. Audley Jarvis takes a look

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 review – Introduction

In 2006, Panasonic created what is now routinely referred to as the travel-zoom compact, with the release of the Lumix DMC-TZ1. At the time, this was the world’s smallest compact with a stabilised 10x optical zoom. Ten years on and the Lumix TZ range remains hugely popular. This year sees the addition of two new models to the range: the flagship TZ100, at £550, comes equipped with a 1in sensor and a 10x optical zoom, while the TZ80 is fitted with a 1/2.3in sensor and a 30x optical zoom. On paper, the TZ100 should give superior images and represent a better long-term investment for more advanced photographers. We’ll address that particular concern in our conclusion, but for now, let’s take a closer look at the TZ80.

  • Sensor: 18.1-million-pixel, 1/2.3in High Sensitivity MOS
  • Output size: 4,896x3,672 pixels
  • Image processor: Venus Engine
  • Lens: 24-720mm f/3.3-6.4 Leica DC Vario-Elmar
  • Shutter speeds: 4-1/2000sec (1/16000sec electronic)
  • ISO: 80-3,200
  • Exposure comp: ±5EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Drive mode: 10fps continuous shooting (40fps in AF-S 'Super High'
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot fixed LCD
  • Viewfinder: 0.2in, 1.16-million-dot fixed LVF
  • AF points: Contrast detection with 21 points
  • Video: 4K (3,840x2,160), full HD (1,920x1,080), HD (1,080x720), VGA (640x480)
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: DMW-BLG10E Li-ion battery (up to 320 shots)
  • Dimensions: 112x64x38mm
  • Weight: 282g (with battery and card)

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