The Panasonic TZ range is hugely popular when it comes to dedicated compact cameras, especially if you’re looking for big zoom in a relatively small package. In 2016 the range is diversifying: 2015’s TZ70 is replaced by the similar TZ80 (or SZ60 for our American friends), as reviewed here, but there’s also the new, larger-sensor TZ100 (SZ100) joining the line-up – see our other preview for that model.
With a 30x optical zoom, the Lumix TZ80 is the do-it-all pocketable compact camera, adding touchscreen controls (see, you can touch this) and a higher-resolution sensor to the equation for the 2016 re-lick. But is that enough to warrant its presence in the smartphone camera era? We’ve been using the TZ80 for a long weekend to see if its zoom really sells it or not.