Panasonic ZS80 overview
Panasonic ZS80 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on February of 2018. The camera features a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DC-TZ95" in other countries.
The ZS80 is placed #2 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #337 out of 1436 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your customized requirements.
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Panasonic ZS80 family
The Panasonic ZS80 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all previous and more recent models along with important features.
Panasonic ZS80 Gallery
You can view the ZS80 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic ZS80 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic ZS80 based on factors that are oftentimes seen as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic ZS80 Sensor information
The Panasonic ZS80 is powered by the Venus Engine processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Panasonic ZS80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. The ISO can be extended digitally to a maximum of 6400. RAW photos are saved which means that you have more margin for error.
The picture below displays the ZS80's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The ZS80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic ZS80 dimensions
Panasonic ZS80 is 0.72 lb (327g or 11.53 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Panasonic ZS80 is lighter than various rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a visual of the Panasonic ZS80 next to a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the ZS80.
Panasonic ZS80 Lens information
The ZS80 has a built in lens with a focal range of 24-720mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is ideal and could allow you to zoom right in.
At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.3 and that's quite sluggish and not ideal for low light conditions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting which causes noisy photographs. At the long end, 720mm is terrific zoom and comes to f6.4 making it really sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic ZS80 Connectivity
The ZS80 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Panasonic ZS80 Video information
The highest video quality in the Panasonic ZS80 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p delivers a outstanding quality for video. You are able to downsample to Full HD in order to get clearer video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and make sure you own good SD cards with good write speed. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket which means you get zero control over the sound. It is probably best to consider an alternative camera should you want better sound for your video clips.
Panasonic ZS80 Weather Sealing
Panasonic ZS80 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can easily affect the camera.
Panasonic ZS80 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic ZS80 features a 3" tilting screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.
The display is selfie friendly for self portraits and even group photos when necessary. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to shift focus point as well as adjust settings by using your finger.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder details for Panasonic ZS80 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 2,330k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Panasonic ZS80 Shutter information
Panasonic ZS80 has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might lead to "rolling shutter" under some circumstances.
Panasonic ZS80 Flash and Hot shoe information
Panasonic ZS80 comes with just in-built flash lacking external flash ability.
Panasonic ZS80 Autofocus information
Panasonic ZS80 comes with only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for portraits.
Panasonic ZS80 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also features Tracking AF for objects that move. Panasonic ZS80 boasts manual focusing in case it is required during low light scenarios or you want more accurate control on focusing.
Panasonic ZS80 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic ZS80 is fashioned to last for 380 pictures with respect to the CIPA specifications which is above the usual for its category. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.
Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
Panasonic ZS80 for different types of photography
The following diagram provides a summation of the Panasonic ZS80 for different types of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography highlights
The Panasonic ZS80 has a rating of 55 which is decent, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the option to use off-camera flash.
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography advice
Having a excellent score of 76, the Panasonic ZS80 is a wonderful option for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography features
A very good sports photography score of 61 indicates the Panasonic ZS80 is a very decent fit for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography highlights
Size is very crucial when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic ZS80 gets a excellent 79 as a travel camera which is a wonderful fit to purchase for your journeys.
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography info
If you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic ZS80 with it's nice score of 62 as a landscape camera is a good pick within the current marketplace.
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic ZS80 is a good pick as a vlog camera as it receives a above average rating of 74.
Panasonic ZS80 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the ZS80, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart followed below offers you a bird's eye view of the ZS80 compared to it's top ranked rivals mentioned earlier.
There are more cameras you may check out as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.