Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Brief Review



  • Other Features : 4K photo modes with post focus, focus stacking
  • Weight : 1.36 lbs. (616g)
  • Battery : Li-ion
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3" touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Built-in
  • Video : 4K (3840x2160) at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Power OIS
  • Autofocus System : Depth from Defocus (Contrast Detection)
  • Autofocus Points : -
  • Burst Speed : Up to 10 fps
  • Zoom : 60x
  • Aperture : f/2.8 - 5.9
  • Shutter Speed : 4 - 1/2000 (1-1/16000 electronic)
  • ISO : 80 - 6400
  • Processor :
  • Sensor : 18.1 megapixel 1/2.3" MOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-03-15
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

The Panasonic FZ80 packs a punch with a 60x zoom, 4K video
The super zoom Panasonic FZ80 offers a nice 60x zoom, a bright lens and 4K video.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/24/2017

The super zoom category is jam packed with cameras offering the reach that pocketable cameras cannot -- but the Panasonic FZ80 enters the fray with a brighter than average lens and 4K video.

The Panasonic FZ80 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, typical for super zooms at this price point. But what's not typical is the bright f/2.8-5.9 lens, something that's harder to find on a $400 camera. The camera also offers decent speed, with shooting bursts at up to 10 fps.

Panasonic is really making a name for themselves in video, and the FZ80 looks to be no exception. 4K video is another feature tough to find for less than $500. The 4K footage is shot at 30 fps.

Even if video isn't your thing, the 4K introduces a number of photo modes, that, if previous models are any indication, are both incredibly fun and powerful. The 4K Post Focus takes a short video, adjusting the focus throughout. That allows you to choose the focus after the shot, since all the information is included in that video. Creating a sharper image by combining multiple shots is also available through the same technique with in-camera focus stacking. The 4K photo modes aren't as quick as the stills and have a slightly lower resolution, but they're one of a handful of photo modes that are truly unique to Panasonic and incredibly fun to use.

That capability is wrapped up in a bridge-style body with a touchscreen, wi-fi and several physical controls. The camera weighs just over a pound.

While the FZ80 isn't going to pack the same punch as its big sister, the FZ2500 with a larger one-inch sensor, the list of features is pretty impressive considering the $400 price tag. 

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