Panasonic Middle East has officially announced the launch of its newest camera, the LUMIX FZ80 in the UAE, from the popular FZ series, featuring a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability. The 18.1-megapixel camera features a whopping 60X wide super-telephoto lens, allowing users to shoot everything from expansive vistas to distant landscapes and wildlife images.
The Panasonic DC-FZ80 is feature-packed for great appeal and versatility for both photography enthusiasts and travelers alike, as the powerful lens features a focal length of 20mm-1200mm zoom, providing impressive wide-angle shooting. The LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens can capture 40% wider angle of view compared to a traditional 24mm lens.
The LUMIX FZ80 boasts a high-speed and high-precision Autofocus with DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology, that shortens the focusing time. The camera and the lens exchanges the digital signal at a maximum of 240fps. This allows the camera to achieve an autofocusing speed of an approx. 0.09 second. This capability is very impressive feat when paired with the DC-FZ80’s super telephoto focal length lens. The camera can shoot at high-speed burst shooting of 10 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) in 18.1-megapixel full resolution with a mechanical shutter.
Other important features include the 4K Photo and video mode, as well as post focus option. 4K Live Cropping provides all video shooters with amazing flexibility – like for instance, cropping to create smooth, slow zooms or stable pan movements – while maintaining the Full HD picture quality in the final footage. Whereas, 4K Photo with the 4K Pre-burst mode shoots at 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released by the user, to capture the perfect and defining shot. Batch Save stores an entire burst sequence for up to 150 frames at just one press of a button.
Mr. Hitesh Ojha, Deputy General Manager – Imaging & AV, PMMAF commented, "Panasonic offers the best-in-class digital imaging products addressing customers with diverse backgrounds and demands. The FZ80 is designed to suit travellers or anyone who wants a camera that is easy to use, and offers high quality images with super zoom capability. A perfect camera to shoot your excursions into nature, FZ80 provides smooth 4K video capturing as well. Moreover, features like the built-in Wi-Fi enables users to share and download pictures in a hassle-free manner making it an ideal choice for any discerning socially-active photographer."
Other advanced functions include the Live View Finder (LVF), featuring a magnification ratio of an approx 0.46x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3). The high 60fps frame rate minimizes the image lag for shooting fast-moving subjects. A 3-inch 1040K-dot touch screen, rear-facing monitor provides quick focusing and shutter release, along with supporting after-shooting operations including selecting 4K Photo shots or setting Post Focus. Full manual control and P/A/S/M modes allow advanced users to enjoy more creative photography and flexibility. The grip has been re-engineered and redesigned for stability for extended shooting. Moreover, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) with Active Mode reduces blur in video and still image captures.
The LUMIX FZ80 also integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) for allowing users to upload images to a variety of social media services right on the spot.
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is available in the UAE at AED 1,549.