Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80, first unveiled in January 2017, is an 18.0MP Compact Sensor Superzoom camera with a BSI-CMOS sensor measuring 1/2.3 inch (6.17 x 4.55 mm), built-in image stabilization, and 20-1200 mm F2.8-5.9 lens. In certain countries, FZ80 is also sold as Lumix DMC-FZ85.
Panasonic Lumix FZ80: Price
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Panasonic Lumix FZ80: Design
The FZ80 is your standard point-and-shoot bridge. It marries a small image sensor (1/2.3-inch) to a large zoom lens, bringing the two together in a body about the size of a small SLR. In a box that measures 3.7 by 5.1 by 4.7 inches (HWD) and weighs around 1.4 pounds, placing that glass in front of a sensor model built for pocket-friendly cameras makes for an amazing zoom range, far more than you can get from any SLR lens.
The fixed lens, when zoomed all the way out, covers scenes from an ultra-wide (20mm full-frame equivalent) perspective. At its highest extension, it stretches to a beyond-extreme telephoto (1,200mm). Not only does it have an edge over pocket cameras in telephoto scope, models like the Sony HX90V reach around 720mm, but it also reaches a wider angle. The 20mm lens of the FZ80 is considerably wider than the more usual 24mm that most compact cameras launch with.
Much like an SLR, the FZ80 has a deep handgrip. At its top, surrounded by a zoom control lever, is the shutter click. You’ll find programmable Fn1/4K Picture and Fn2/Post Focus buttons behind them, along with a dedicated video recording button. There’s even a mode dial and a control button for the camera. The hot shoe sits in the middle, just behind the flash pop-up.
Rear controls provide a mechanical release, positioned to the left of the eye cup, to lift the pop-up flash. The LVF/LCD toggle button, the AF/AE Lock button, and the rear control dial are located on the right. As a direct EV correction control, the rear dial doubles. To switch its purpose from aperture or shutter control to EV adjustment, you need to click it in.
Panasonic Lumix FZ80: Performance
- Optical image stabilization
- 4 sec – 1/2000 sec mechanical shutter
- 330-shot battery life
The diamond in the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 crown that we’ve already listed is the quick contrast-detect AF; Panasonic states this will lock in as little as 0.09 seconds on topics, and it’s definitely fast.
The FZ80 / FZ82 can fire at up to 10fps to help assist with the recording of fast-moving action, but it can only do so in single-shot AF mode; it can accommodate 6fps in continuous AF mode, which is a decent number, but continuous AF is more likely to be used for moving objects, which is where a higher frame rate is more useful.
By using the rear LCD, the amount of shots you can expect from a fully charged battery is 330, although this decreases to 240.0 if you use the EVF. The thing about a camera like this is that you can still draw power from a motorized zoom, EVF and LCD, but the true battery life will depend on a variety of things, like how far you zoom in and out, and the settings and functions you are using.
The Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 uses Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. Image stabilization, which is exceptional, for filming in low-light environments, or at shutter speeds not high enough to support the lens’ focal length. Stabilization is highly effective, even when shooting at the full focal length of 1200mm, whether you are shooting stills or film. We discovered during our tests that it was possible to film indoors with the lens at 20 mm at shutter speeds as low as 1/5 sec.
For fast image sharing, the FZ80 / FZ82 provides Wi-Fi networking, with options in the menu to connect to a Wi-Fi powered TV. Using the Panasonic Image App is the best way to connect a smartphone or tablet to the camera, allowing you to remotely browse and upload images, access a live stream from the camera and change settings.
Since it is a Wi-Fi network, linking the camera may also be fiddly, and it is not unusual to break the link between the mobile computer and the camera until linked. That said, it’s a helpful feature that surely should be explored.
Panasonic Lumix FZ80: Specifications
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80-3200 (expands to 6400)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||20–1200 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||616 g (1.36 lb / 21.73 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 94 x 119 mm (5.12 x 3.7 x 4.69″)|
Panasonic Lumix FZ80: Conclusion
For not a lot of money, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 offers an amazing amount of zoom coverage. It uses the same lens as its ancestor, but upgrades fit and finish, offering a stronger, touch-enabled rear LCD, a clearer EVF, Wi-Fi, and 4K capture, all lacking on the FZ70.0. It costs around $100 more, but it still falls well into the realm of affordability. Especially given how far the lens delivers from the scope. You can spend a little more on the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, our Editors’ Option, which has a similar zoom range and adds a variable-angle LCD. If you can spend more on a superzoom model than that, consider using one with a 1-inch sensor, such as the Panasonic FZ1000 or either of the Sony RX10 series members.