Panasonic FZ80

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 616g - 130 x 94 x 119mm
  • Released January 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ82
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic FZ80 summary

Panasonic FZ80 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on January of 2017. The camera features a 18MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4896 x 3672. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FZ82" in certain regions.

The FZ80 places at #11 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #374 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FZ80 history

The Panasonic FZ80 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can identify all previous and brand new models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ8020-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ80 vs FZ300
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ80 vs FZ70
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ80 vs FZ200
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ80 vs FZ60
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ150
FZ80 vs FZ150
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ80 vs FZ47
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ80 vs FZ40
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ80 vs FZ100
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
FZ80 vs FZ35
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FZ80 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic FZ80 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic FZ80 based on criterias that are normally considered crucial in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
comes with tracking autofocus
does have HDMI support
excellent zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (80)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (18MP)
pretty good screen size (3")
provides touch to focus
reasonably wide (20mm)
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
supports RAW formats
touch screen
very long reach (1200mm)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than competition in class (616 grams)
lacks phase detect autofocus
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no external mic jack
no headphone jack
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Panasonic FZ80 Sensor information

The Panasonic FZ80 is run by the Venus Engine processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic FZ80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. The ISO can be increased digitally to a maximum of 6400. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the FZ80's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The FZ80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ80 dimensions

Panasonic FZ80 weighs in at 1.36 pounds (616 gr or 21.73 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 130mm x 94mm x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Panasonic FZ80 is heavier than other competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Panasonic FZ80 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button layout on the FZ80.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ80 Lens information

The FZ80 includes a built in lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm giving it a 60.0 x zoom which is exceptional and will let you zoom right in.

At it's widest 20mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that is kind of sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to raise your ISO causing noisy photos. For the long end, 1200mm is amazing zoom and comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ80 Connectivity

The FZ80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy files and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic FZ80 Video information

The max video quality in the Panasonic FZ80 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 2160p offers a superb quality for video. You are able to downsample to 1080p in order to get better video. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another camera in case you need good sound for your videos.

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Panasonic FZ80 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Panasonic FZ80 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Panasonic FZ80 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ80 features a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus point plus change settings with your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details for Panasonic FZ80 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,166k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.46x

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Panasonic FZ80 Shutter information

Panasonic FZ80 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter might lead to "rolling shutter" under some conditions.

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Panasonic FZ80 Flash and Hot shoe information

Panasonic FZ80 comes with both inbuilt flash along with external flash support.

Panasonic FZ80 Autofocusing information

Panasonic FZ80 comes with only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it handy for portrait photography.

It features 49 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FZ80 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Panasonic FZ80 can use manual focusing when needed in low light scenarios or you want to have more precise focusing control.

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Panasonic FZ80 Battery life

The battery pack on the Panasonic FZ80 is built to last for 330 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks making it comparable with it's competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FZ80 for various forms of photography

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Panasonic FZ80 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic FZ80 has a points total of 59 which is moderate, meaning that it is relatively acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support plus the ability to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (18 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW files
small sensor (1/2.3")

Street photography with Panasonic FZ80

Coming in at a reasonable points tally of 54, the Panasonic FZ80 is fairly acceptable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
has focus via touch
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (616 grams)

Panasonic FZ80 Sports photography highlights

A moderate sports photography rating of 58 suggests the Panasonic FZ80 is relatively suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
provides tracking focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FZ80 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very important when choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FZ80 gets a modest 59 as a travel camera which is somewhat suited to take on your travels.

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comes with touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (20mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
heavier than competitors (616 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ80 Landscape photography advice

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Panasonic FZ80 at it's modest grade of 58 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate amongst it's competitors.

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manual focus
rather wide (20mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ80 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Panasonic FZ80 is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 28.

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rather wide (20mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
heavier than competitors in class (616 grams)

Panasonic FZ80 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the FZ80, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart listed below will give you a summary of the FZ80 versus it's top ranking competitors listed previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may see as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80
Also called as
Lumix DMC-FZ82
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2017-01-04
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3
Max resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW data
Max native ISO
3200
Max enhanced ISO
6400
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
49
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
20-1200mm (60.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.46x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
14.10 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, 1st Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
616 grams (1.36 lbs)
Physical dimensions
130 x 94 x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7")
Other
Battery life
330 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots
One
Launch cost
$399