Panasonic DC FZ82 Detailed Review

Panasonic DC FZ82

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The DC FZ82 was presented by Panasonic in January 2017. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional DC FZ82 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also DC FZ82's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 18 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)18.90 megapixel
Resolution (effective)18.10 megapixel
Pixel size1.58 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min)20mm
Focal length (max)1200mm
Aperture (max)2.8
Aperture (min)5.9
Viewfinder Properties

The DC FZ82 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.16 megapixel, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.46x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution1.16 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DC FZ82's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 60s.

The highest shutter speed of the Panasonic is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DC FZ82's sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity125 ISO
Max. sensitivity12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DC FZ82 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DC FZ82's auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DC FZ82 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 14m (47 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(47 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DC FZ82 display and touch screen

The DC FZ82 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.04 megapixel. That's about average.

Unfortunately, the DC FZ82's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The DC FZ82's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DC FZ82 video supported the resolution with 4096 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DC FZ82 Video parameters:

Max. resolution4096 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DC FZ82 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Panasonic DC FZ82 works with a BMB9 battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 330 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DC FZ82's battery battery parameters:

In-camera charging
Battery life330 photos

The Panasonic DC FZ82's dimensions are 130.2 x 94.3 x 119.2mm³. (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 616 grams (19.9 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DC FZ82:

Panasonic DC FZ82 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DC FZ82 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Panasonic DC FZ82 size comparison

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