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Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated May 03, 2022 at 09:56 am
Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 Picture
6.5
Travel Photography
6.3
Landscape Photography
7.3
Sport & Wildlife Photography
4.9
Vlogging
5.8
Studio Video
4.0
Action Video
Body Type
Bridge
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is a budget bridge camera. It has a 20-1200mm equivalent zoom lens, making it a great choice for casual shooters who want to take decent-quality photos with the flexible focal range of a superzoom lens. It's more portable than a lot of higher-end bridge cameras and offers a lot of value for its price, despite its plasticky build quality.

Our Verdict

6.5 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is okay for travel photography. Its built-in lens has a very wide focal range, meaning you can frame subjects up close and far away. Images look okay straight out of the camera, though the camera isn't well-suited to nighttime photography since images can lose sharpness and clarity even at moderately low ISO levels. Its autofocus system does well with still subjects, but it can be slow to focus and sometimes struggles to track moving subjects. That said, its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features can help you adjust focus after you've taken a shot or expand the focal range. Its optical image stabilization feature also does a good overall job of smoothing out camera shake and allows you to snap photos at reasonably slow shutter speeds. The camera is fairly comfortable, but it has a fixed screen and a small, low-res viewfinder. It's also somewhat bulky, making it more hassle to travel with.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Screen is bright enough to be seen under direct sunlight.
  • Good optical image stabilization.
Cons
  • Poor image quality in low light.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Small, low-resolution EVF.
6.3 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX DC FZ80 is mediocre for landscape photography. It can shoot at a wide-angle 20mm equivalent focal length, which is great for capturing landscapes. However, its small sensor yields JPEG images lacking in sharpness and color accuracy. On top of that, its RAW files give you very little latitude to make adjustments in editing, with poor dynamic range and a lot of noise at even moderate ISO settings. It also feels slightly cheaply-built courtesy of its sensitive multifunction dial, plastic body, and lack of proper weather-sealing. On the upside, it's pretty comfortable to shoot with and has a touchscreen interface that's bright enough to see even under direct sunlight, although the fixed screen makes it harder to compose shots when using a tripod.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Screen is bright enough to be seen under direct sunlight.
  • Fairly wide-angle minimum focal length.
Cons
  • Poor image quality in low light.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Small, low-resolution EVF.
7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is decent for sports and wildlife photography. Its '4k PHOTO' feature lets you pull stills from short 30 fps video clips, allowing you to capture the perfect moment of action. It also has a fairly quick burst rate in its high-speed continuous shooting mode. The built-in lens' long focal length can help you zoom in on far-away subjects, like athletes in a stadium or race cars circling a track, and its optical stabilization feature smooths out a good amount of camera shake. Its autofocus system does a great job tracking slow-moving subjects but struggles more with faster-moving subjects and face-tracking. It can also be slow to focus, which isn't ideal when timing is critical. Still, its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features can help you fine-tune the focus even after the photo has been taken. Unfortunately, the camera feels a little cheaply built, and though it has an electronic viewfinder, it's very small and has a low resolution, making it harder to get a clear view of your subjects.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Long zoom range.
  • Fast maximum shooting speed.
Cons
  • Poor image quality in low light.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Small, low-resolution EVF.
4.9 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is a poor choice for vlogging. You can't see its fixed screen when the camera is pointed at you, and its bulky design can make it impractical to carry around handheld for long periods. Video quality is also quite noisy and soft, and while the camera does a good job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD, it struggles in this regard when recording in 4k. Recording in 4k also incurs a somewhat noticeable 1.27x crop, and its autofocus system can be sluggish and inconsistent, especially when tracking faces.

Pros
  • Good video stabilization performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor video quality.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Can't see the fixed screen when the camera is pointed at you.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
  • Autofocus is sluggish and unreliable for video.
5.8 Studio Video

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is inadequate for studio video. Video quality is poor whether you're recording in 4k or FHD, with softly-defined object contours, edges, and textures in well-lit environments and noticeable amounts of noise in dimmer settings. There's also a significant 1.27x crop when shooting in 4k, and the camera lacks inputs and outputs, with no headphone or microphone jacks and an HDMI port that only supports external playback. Its autofocus system also has a hard time tracking moving subjects. Thankfully, the camera's menu system is easy to use.

Pros
  • Simple menu system.
Cons
  • Poor video quality.
  • Small selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
  • Autofocus is sluggish and unreliable for video.
4.0 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX DC FZ80 isn't well-suited for action video, which isn't surprising as a bridge camera. It's too big to mount onto a chest or helmet rig, and it isn't waterproof or impact-resistant. It also struggles to smooth out camera shake in 4k, though it does a good job in this regard when shooting in FHD. It can't record at more than 60 fps in FHD and 30 fps in 4k, so you can't generate smooth slow-motion footage in either resolution.

Pros
  • Good video stabilization performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor video quality.
  • Middling video stabilization performance in 4k.
  • Not the most portable.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
  • 6.5 Travel Photography
  • 6.3 Landscape Photography
  • 7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 4.9 Vlogging
  • 5.8 Studio Video
  • 4.0 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Updated 'Clean HDMI Output' and 'Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI' fields to show 'Playback only'.
  3. Updated Jun 21, 2021: Retested object tracking autofocus in both photo and video to maintain comparable results across reviews.
  4. Updated Jun 07, 2021: Updated to amend HDMI type from 'Micro (Type-D)' to 'Micro (Type-D) [Playback Only]'.
  5. Updated May 31, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated May 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
4.6
Design
Portability
Height
3.7" (9.4 cm)
Width
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Depth
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Volume
92.8 in³ (1,521.0 cm³)
Weight
1.34 lbs (0.61 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.34 lbs (0.61 kg)

The Panasonic LUMIX DC FZ80 isn't especially portable, though it's pretty lightweight for a bridge camera. If you'd prefer a more portable point-and-shoot, the Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 offers similar performance in a more compact package, though it doesn't have quite as long a zoom range.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Panasonic FZ80 feels reasonably well-built. It's plastic, and while the buttons feel somewhat cheap, they're nice and clicky and offer good tactile feedback. The battery and SD card slot are covered by a hinged door that feels solid, while the inputs are covered by a rubber flap.

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes

There's a single control dial on the back of the camera near the thumb rest. By default, it controls shutter speed or aperture when in Manual mode; pressing the dial toggles between the two. The camera also has three physical 'Fn' buttons as well as several others you can access on the touchscreen, all of which are customizable.

Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ80 camera
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap string
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • 1x Panasonic DMW-BMB9PP battery
  • User manual

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 feels quite comfortable to shoot with. It has a large, rubberized handgrip suitable for all hand sizes and feels secure in the hand. The screen has full touch capability, making it easy to navigate the menu, but it's fixed, making it harder to shoot from lower angles. Some of the buttons, like the directional pad on the back, are on the small side, so it's easy to accidentally press the wrong input. The command dial button press is also very sensitive. Also, there's no eyecup around the viewfinder, so it isn't very comfortable.

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
1.17 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.46

The Panasonic FZ80 has a very small electronic viewfinder. The relatively low resolution combined with a very small 0.46x magnification makes it hard to see your shots clearly through the viewfinder. The plastic around the EVF with no eyecup also makes it uncomfortable to use. It also lacks an eye sensor, so you have to manually press the 'LVF' button to switch between the screen and EVF, which is a minor inconvenience but can still be annoying if you want to switch seamlessly between the screen and the viewfinder.

4.7
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
750 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has a fixed screen, which is limiting if you want to shoot vlogs or take selfies. It's also harder to take shots from lower angles. It gets bright, so you can still see it in sunny conditions, and it has a fairly high resolution, so the image looks sharp. Thankfully, it has full touch capability, and you can use it to navigate settings, pull up the 'Fn' menu, select focus points, or set it to use as a touch shutter.

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Panasonic Image

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80's menu system is incredibly easy to use, thanks to its simple layout and organized tabs. You can easily navigate through it using the directional pad or tapping the touchscreen. It also has a lot of customization options, including customizable tabs on the screen and an 'Fn' menu for commonly used settings. There's also a display option that lets you see all of your shooting settings at once. From there, you can adjust relevant settings as needed, but you can't see your subject on screen or through the viewfinder with this display engaged.

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
No
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
Photo & Video
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No

The Panasonic FZ80 has most typical assistance functions for focus and exposure. While there isn't a level display to tell you exactly when your shot is level, there are grid lines, which can help you gauge how level the image is. There's also a manual focus assistant that zooms in on a part of the image, so you can check if it's in focus.

6.6
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.8 - 5.9
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/15.7
Minimum Focal Length
3.6 mm
Maximum Focal Length
215 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
1,200 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
79.5%
Light Falloff
64.2%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
18.9 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
80
Native ISO Maximum
3,200
Tested Firmware
Ver.1.1
7.0
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Panasonic DMW-BMB9PP
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
112 min

The Panasonic FZ80 has decent battery life. It supports USB charging, so you can use a portable battery pack for longer shooting days, though you can't shoot with it while it's charging.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
60 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

The Panasonic LUMIX DC FZ80 has both an electronic and mechanical shutter. When using the mechanical shutter, you can get a max shutter speed of 1/2000s, which is more than fast enough for everyday use and lets you capture clear shots of fairly fast-moving subjects, like kids playing or casual sports, even at longer focal lengths. With the electronic shutter, you can shoot at up to 1/16,000s, though electronic shutters generally aren't ideal for fast-moving subjects as they rely on sensor readout, which can cause distortion. That said, the electronic shutter can be helpful if you want to shoot silently or in very, very bright conditions where a faster shutter speed is required, though it's unlikely you'll need to go faster than 1/2000s with this camera since its lens' max aperture isn't especially wide.

Though the camera can shoot at speeds as slow as 60s, it can only do so in 'Artistic Nightscape' mode. Otherwise, the slowest shutter speed is 4s.

7.5
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
11 fps
Raw Buffer Size
15 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
77 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
7 s

The Panasonic FZ80 has a good continuous shooting speed, and it shoots at a fairly quick rate in its high-speed drive mode, allowing you to capture bursts of fast-moving action. Though it isn't the fastest burst rate, it's still fairly quick for casual sports and wildlife photography, where timing plays a more important role anyway. Unfortunately, it has a small photo buffer, especially if you shoot in RAW. Thankfully, the camera clears its buffer fairly quickly, but it can still slow you down or interrupt your shooting at a critical moment.

The camera also has a '4k PHOTO' mode that lets you pull still frames out of 4k video clips shot at 30 fps, making it easier to freeze moments of fast action.

8.0
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
88%
Face Tracking Success Rate
47%
Face Detection Distance
77" (195 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
49

The Panasonic FZ80 has a great overall autofocus system for photography. Like other LUMIX cameras, it uses a contrast-detect AF system with Panasonic's Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology. Contrast detection systems tend to be slower to focus; DFD is meant to help speed up the process by quickly comparing the sharpness of images taken at two different distances to get a better sense of how far the subject is from the lens. As far as continuous tracking goes, it tracks objects or subjects moving slowly and simply within the frame quite well. It supports eye and face tracking and does a passable job keeping moving human subjects in focus when shooting at moderate focal lengths, though it can sometimes struggle to keep them in focus when moving more quickly.

It also has a couple of extra features to help you fine-tune the focus. 'Post Focus' takes a 4k 30 fps burst at different focus points, allowing you to change the focus after taking a shot. This is great for macro work or photos of still subjects, where you might want to adjust the exact focus point or emphasize different parts of an image. There's also a 'Focus Stacking' feature, which combines several images taken with different focus points to produce a single image with an expanded focus range. You can use this to ensure that your entire subject is in focus. The camera also has an 'AF Macro' feature that adjusts the minimum focus distance to 0.39 inches (1 cm), so you can focus on subjects very close to the lens.

7.6
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/15 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

The Panasonic LUMIX DC FZ80 uses optical image stabilization instead of in-body sensor-shift stabilization. It does a good job of steadying the shot when taking photos, allowing you to get clear shots at speeds as slow as 1/15s. That said, stabilization performance varies when shooting at longer focal lengths. You'll likely need a tripod to steady shots taken at the farthest end of this camera's focal length range.

Photo Image Quality
5.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
21.90 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
8.5 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
6.6 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
5.2 f-stops

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has poor dynamic range, so it can't capture a very wide range of shadow and highlight detail. It's disappointing even at its base ISO and gets worse at higher ISO settings, giving you even less range to work with when shooting in low light. There's also a lot of visual noise when trying to recover detail in underexposed photos.

5.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
3.585 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
4.6885 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
6.609 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
6.045 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
6.294 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
6.311 pixels

Photos taken on the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 aren't very sharp. While this is most evident when pixel-peeping or cropping your photos, images generally don't look as clear or detailed as those taken on cameras with larger sensors. The sharpness also gets noticeably worse at higher ISO values, so low-light photos look even muddier.

6.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
11.81
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
12.03
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
12.30

The Panasonic FZ80 has mediocre JPEG color accuracy, so the colors on photos taken straight out of the camera don't look especially true to life. It struggles a lot with reds, blues, greens, and more neutral tones like browns.

7.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
37.24 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.36 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
30.67 dB

When shooting in JPEG, the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has decent noise handling, though you can still notice some noise and digital artifacts even at lower ISO settings, and it gets worse as you raise the ISO.

4.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
36.22 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
32.83 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
29.97 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
27.18 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
23.83 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
20.69 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
16.74 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has poor RAW noise handling. Noise becomes noticeable very quickly as you raise ISO, meaning this camera isn't well-suited to shooting in low light. It's very difficult to recover all the details in an image when processing your RAW files unless you take your photos in very bright, sunny conditions, which is where this camera performs best.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Playback Only
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Playback Only
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
3.2
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
No
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.27 x

Unfortunately, the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 can only record 4k video at 30 fps with a noticeable 1.27x crop. Because of the crop factor, the equivalent focal length range also changes from 20-1200mm to 28-1680mm.

7.1
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
94 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
94 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
15 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0

Internal recording capability in 4k is decent, although the camera can only output lower-quality video files under 100 Mbps. It's also limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 color, so there's less information to work with when processing video footage. 4k video caps at 15 minutes of continuous recording, so it's not great for shooting longer takes. On the upside, it doesn't overheat when recording 4k video continuously.

5.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
3.7
Face Tracking In 4k
5.2
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

The Panasonic FZ80 has disappointing autofocus performance in 4k. It struggles to stick with moving subjects and is slow to find its target and refocus after it's moved. Though it supports face and eye detection, its face tracking is very hit-or-miss, especially when subjects are moving more quickly or moving in and out of frame.

8.6
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
9.13 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
19.01 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1 x

The Panasonic FZ80 has excellent optical stabilization. You can turn it on by enabling the 'Stabilizer' setting. It does an especially great job smoothing out camera shake when moving more quickly, though it still works well if you just want to shoot stationary handheld footage that doesn't look shaky. At longer focal lengths, you'll still need to use a tripod.

4.2
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
3.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
5.4

Video quality in 4k looks bad, especially in dim lighting, where it looks very grainy and soft. It's better in more well-lit conditions but still has a lot of soft edges and noise.

6.4
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
5.7°

The rolling shutter effect on the Panasonic FZ80 isn't too bad. There's still some noticeable skewing of vertical lines, which can be especially distracting if you're moving or panning the camera very quickly, but it isn't too noticeable with slower camera movements.

Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

The Panasonic FZ80 has just a couple of frame rate options in 1080p, but thankfully there's no crop. Though there isn't any high frame rate mode in Full HD, it does have a 'High Speed Video' option that can record 720p/120 fps or 480p/240 fps to capture slow-motion videos without sound if you want to incorporate slow-mo footage.

7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
28 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
21 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min

Internal recording in 1080p is decent. You can record continuously for up to 30 minutes, which is good for longer takes. It can only record at fairly low bit rates, so it captures less data per second, resulting in lower-quality video. Unfortunately, the camera is limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 color, giving you less latitude when editing.

6.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
5.3
Face Tracking In FHD
6.8
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

The Panasonic FZ80 has okay autofocus performance in 1080p. It can track people reasonably well, though it's not especially "sticky" when those subjects are moving more quickly or popping in and out of frame. It also sometimes struggles to find a subject again after losing track, causing some distracting pulsing as the camera hunts to find its target.

9.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
4.15 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
10.09 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1 x

The Panasonic FZ80 stabilizes 1080p video incredibly well. It smooths out camera shake well at moderate focal lengths, whether you're walking or moving more quickly or moving the camera around while stationary. It can't eliminate camera shake completely, especially at longer focal lengths, where you probably want to use a tripod.

3.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
3.5

The video quality in 1080p is bad. It looks very soft and grainy even in more controlled lighting conditions.

6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.3°

The rolling shutter effect on the Panasonic FZ80 is okay. It's noticeable with skewed vertical lines when the camera is panning very quickly but isn't too bad with slower camera movements.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot

The Panasonic FZ80 has just a single UHS-I SD card slot, meaning you can't take advantage of the faster read and write speeds of UHS-II cards.

5.3
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D) [Playback Only]
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has a limited selection of inputs and outputs. There's no microphone input, meaning you need to record audio separately if you don't want to use the camera's built-in mic. Also, while it has a Type-D Micro HDMI port, it only supports playback on an external device and not external recording.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ80 is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this camera.

Compared To Other Cameras

The Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ80 is a budget bridge camera. It offers a lot of value for its price, with a long zoom range and helpful extra features like 'Focus Stacking', but it feels fairly cheaply built. Its small sensor is limited for image and video quality, so it's best suited to shooting outdoors in very bright conditions on occasions where a lot of zoom comes in handy.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best bridge cameras, the best point-and-shoot cameras, and the best cameras under $500.

Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II is a better overall camera than the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80. Both are bridge cameras with long built-in zoom lenses, but the FZ1000 II uses a slightly larger sensor, giving it better image and video quality. It also has a longer battery life, a larger, higher-resolution viewfinder, and a fully articulated screen. It feels more comfortable to shoot with, but it isn't as portable as the FZ80, and because of its sensor size, it has a shorter focal reach.

Canon EOS R

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 and the Canon EOS R are different camera types. The Canon is an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor, while the Panasonic is a fixed-lens budget bridge camera with a small sensor. The Panasonic offers convenience for those who don't want to switch out different lenses, giving you a lot of zoom range in an all-in-one package. However, the Canon is a significantly better camera, giving you better image and video quality, sturdier weather-sealed construction, longer battery life, and quicker, more accurate autofocusing, to name some advantages.

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