So over the last week we have all been raving and verbally salivating over Panasonic’s brand new addition to their camera lineup, the GH5. Yesterday I personally took the plunge and preordered myself one, with it’s 10 Bit, 4:2:2, 4K 60fps goodness I can’t see how I wouldn't benefit from what Panasonic have to offer, lets hope it lives up to the hype! It’s obvious that the GH5 is aimed at Semi professional to Professional Videographers and for many it is out of reach, isn’t a necessary purchase or it’s just not for you.
So while we’ve all been directing our attention towards the GH5, Panasonic have slipped out the FZ80. A Sub $400 4K capable camera with an 18.1 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch high sensitivity MOS sensor with a built in 60X DC Vario superzoom, from 20mm to 1200mm with an aperture range of F/2.8-5.9. It can capture Full HD at up to 60Fps and 4K at 30p. It can even capture 120 Fps at 720p if you are in need of that extra push. 4K video files are recorded at up to 100Mbps.
Just like the GH4 the FZ80 has a 4K photo mode, capturing 30Fps and then allowing the user to extract any frame as an 8 megapixel still. It has a high speed Autofocus system capable of focusing at speeds of up to 0.09 seconds. The Iso range is from 80-6400.
Panasonic have included optical imaging stabilisation that will help reduce blur during video and image capture. It has a 3-inch rear LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1.04 million dots.
Another interesting feature found on higher end models is the ability to set focus points after you've captured your images. You can select several focus points via this focus stacking option allowing the user to create a final image with greater depth of field.
In all the FZ80 looks to be an interesting option for those that are looking for a low cost 4K option, whether you're looking to shoot your first indie film on or you're just looking for something to take on holiday with you, this could be a good option.