The Panasonic ZS80 / TZ95 is a superzoom compact camera that has a feature set that is quite similar to that of its predecessor, the ZS70 / TZ90. This model has been a part of Panasonic’s Superzoom lineup for the past two years.
It arrives with a slightly larger viewfinder that boasts a significantly higher 2.3 million-dot resolution versus the ZS70’s 1.16 million dots). It keeps many of the exact core specifications, including its 20.3MP sensor, 4K video capabilities, and a lens that provides a focal length equivalent to 24-720mm in 35mm. Still, it does so with a new viewfinder slightly larger than its predecessor.
A raw shooting mode, 10 frames per second burst shooting, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 3-inch LCD touchscreen that can be dragged up and over to face the front of the camera are some of the other impressive features of this tiny camera. In addition to having USB charging capabilities, the battery life is rated to a perfect 380 frames.
The design of the camera, which includes a thumb rest on the rear and a small grip that wraps around the front of the device, makes it more comfortable to hold than many other cameras that are marketed for the same type of consumer.
Including a physical ring around the lens allows the left hand to be put to good use. This ring may be adjusted to control various aspects, including the zoom level, the mode in which the camera focuses, and the color settings available.
Panasonic Lumix ZS80 Features
The Panasonic Lumix ZS80 / TZ95 continues where the ZS70 / TZ90 left off. However, a comparison of the two models’ specifications indicates that there are just a few minor differences between them.
The ZS80 and TZ95 both include a redesigned electronic viewfinder with 2.3 million dots on its OLED display, as opposed to the 1.13 million dots on the ZS70’s panel. This should assist in offering a somewhat sharper picture.
Compared to the ZS80, which measures 0.20 inches and has a magnification of 0.48 times for 35mm, this one measures 0.21 inches and has a magnification of 0.53 times for 35mm. The size of the viewfinder of the ZS70 was one of our primary complaints, so this change, although very minor, is undoubtedly appreciated.
The same 4K video recording choices are available, with 4K UHD footage captured at 30 frames per second and Full HD alongside it. A new Auto Marking function and a Succession Composition function have been added. The Sequence Composition function enables a sequence of photos to be presented inside a single shot, and the Auto Marking function makes it possible.
Panasonic Lumix ZS80 Design
The Panasonic ZS80 and TZ95 have designs that are very similar to those of their predecessors, the ZS70 and TZ90. The only alterations are with the numerous controls around the rear and what they activate. The letter “L” has been removed from the front plate, and there have been some other minor aesthetic adjustments made elsewhere.
The ZS80 is around 1.5 millimeters deeper and 6 grams heavier, although the changes in size and weight are so minute that they are indiscernible when held in the hands.
The body is quite neatly crafted, and it is evident that it is a step above the cheaper compacts that make up a large portion of the products in this category.
However, due to its low-down position, the camera can be held much more firmly with two fingers placed against it. The front has a very clearly defined grip that looks to be meant for the inside of the middle finger. A thumb rest supplements this on the rear of the camera. As a result, the overall handling of the device is superior to that of a significant number of other cameras in its category.
Panasonic Lumix ZS80 Image Quality
Even though the edges and corners of the frame are visibly softer, the sharpness at the 24mm end of the lens is excellent in the middle of the frame while shooting at the widest aperture of f/3.5.
You should stick to shutter speeds of 1/125 second and above, with better (and more consistent) results at 1/200 second and above. Although the image stabilization system does an excellent job of keeping things stable as you travel up the zoom range, you should stick to shutter speeds of 1/125 second and above.
The exposures are often accurate as well, but because of the relatively limited dynamic range of this type of sensor, even a slight overexposure might cause highlights to lose some of their information. When shooting in raw format, it is simple to apply exposure correction, and you also have greater leeway for making finer changes.
The colors look great with the default settings, and the automatic white balance does a decent job of preserving the integrity of the original lighting conditions.
It’s great that you can assign the selection of these to the Lens Control ring because it lets you quickly get an idea of how each one looks in a given scene. The raft of Photo Styles allows you to capture images with different looks, and it’s great that you can capture images with different eyes.
Panasonic Lumix ZS80 Specs
|5184 x 3888
|Image ratio w:h
|1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
|Sensor photo detectors
|1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
|Auto, 80-3200 (expands to 6400)
|Boosted ISO (maximum)
|White balance presets
|Custom white balance
|Yes (4 sots)
|JPEG quality levels
|Focal length (equiv.)
|Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
|Normal focus range
|50 cm (19.69″)
|Macro focus range
|3 cm (1.18″)
|Minimum shutter speed
|Maximum shutter speed
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)
|Manual exposure mode
|Subject / scene modes
|5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
|Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
|±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
|±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
|3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
|SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
|USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
|802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
|Yes (via smartphone)
|DMW-BLG10 lithium-ion battery & charger
|Battery Life (CIPA)
|Weight (inc. batteries)
|327 g (0.72 lb / 11.53 oz)
|112 x 69 x 42 mm (4.41 x 2.72 x 1.65″)
Panasonic Lumix ZS80 Verdict
The ZS80 / TZ95 is not a very big advance from what we have seen previously in the TZ line. Still, it is endowed with a rapid autofocus mechanism, outstanding build quality, and a viewfinder that is quite serviceable.
The image quality of this camera can be hit or miss, as is the case with any camera with a sensor of this size, yet, it is still one of the finest cameras of its class.