By @SimonCocking

This is a point and shoot that fits in your pocket but still gives you the power to capture some good images on the go. Its size is useful, with enough weight to not feel too flimsy in your hands. It also fires up quickly, zooms well, and generally gives you a fighting chance to capture the more fleeting images. According to the Panasonic website it is retailing currently for around £ 329.99 or €389 here in Ireland

Below are the technical specifications from their website. We found it easy to use, a good one for the kids to be able to document what was happening too, and pretty good video capture with good mics for picking up the sound. We had it for a few months, and found ourselves using it increasingly often when you just wanted something that was small and ready to go. It would definitely be a useful stocking filler or entry level camera for someone who was starting out, and yet also with some serious power and ability if you then wanted to take your photography a little further. As always it continues to be an evolving battle between the photographic capacities of smart phones, good quality point and shoot camerass, and then entry level DSLRs, which  are themselves being undercut by the evolution of mirrorless cameras. All of this bodes well for us, the users, and this camera would be a useful one to have in your fleece pocket when out scrambling on rocks or on the beach.

The LUMIX TZ80 brings you right up against the action. The 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens has a 30x optical zoom so you will always have an intimate view, and captured picture, of what piques your interest. Its compact size makes it ideal for slipping into a pocket or a bag for easy access. Wherever you’re travelling, make sure the LUMIX TZ80 is there to capture every detail.

Low light conditions can be a challenge but with the LUMIX TZ80’s 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, you can take stunning pictures even in dimly lit environments. Pictures taken in low light will contain clearer details and less image noise. Capture more details when you shoot in RAW format. The image data retains the original colour and light information captured by the sensor, with only minimal processing. Now you can edit these high quality images directly and be amazed by the results.

With the introduction of the LUMIX TZ80, you will be able to record video in 4K (up to QFHD: 3840×2160 pixels, 25 fps). And three 4K Photo functions are integrated to capture the fleeting photo opportunities; 4K Burst, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All these functions allow you to capture that perfect moment at a high burst rate of 30 fps, and select the best shot after shooting. The hybrid LUMIX TZ80 frees your creativity for both video and photo.

Have you ever imagined that you can set sharp focus on the target subject after you shot the images? Now you can easily do it with the Post Focus function. The function has been developed based on Panasonic 4K and high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology. Shooting the image on the spot to save it as you like later – it’s a whole new photographic experience for creative freedom.

The Control Ring provides smoother manual control of the aperture, shutter speed, zoom, and focus. It can also be customized to your favourite settings. An 1166k-dot equivalent Live View Finder allows perfect framing even under direct sunlight conditions. Plus, 1040k-dot 3.0-inch rear monitor immediately lets you to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter.


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