- 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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- Size Comparison
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 #13 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #410 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
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.
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Panasonic FZ80 Gallery
You can view the FZ80 from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a photo of the Panasonic FZ80 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show the button layout on the FZ80.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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.
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Panasonic FZ80 for various forms of photography
The following illustration provides a summary of the Panasonic FZ80 for various forms of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 57 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate amongst it's competitors.
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.
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.