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Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed May 31, 2021 at 10:06 am
Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 Picture
6.6
Travel Photography
6.9
Landscape Photography
7.5
Sport & Wildlife Photography
3.3
Vlogging
5.4
Studio Video
3.4
Action Video
Body Type
Bridge
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is a bridge camera with a very long zoom lens. It offers a very wide full frame-equivalent focal range of 20mm to 1200mm, allowing you to frame your shots from a long distance. Its unique '4k Photo' mode can help you capture images of quick moments a little easier, though we don't currently test this function. Also, the camera itself is quite comfortable to use. Unfortunately, its autofocus system can have a hard time tracking subjects' faces in both photography and video. Video quality is also poor overall, and the image quality can noticeably degrade when shooting in dark environments.

Our Verdict

6.6 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is okay for travel photography. Its built-in lens has an exceptionally wide focal range, so you should be able to frame subjects both up close and far away. Image quality is okay overall, though the camera isn't a great fit for nighttime photography since images can lose sharpness and clarity even at moderately low ISO levels. Its autofocus system does a great job of tracking moving objects but can have a very hard time tracking the subjects' faces. Its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features can help you correct errors in focusing even after you've taken a shot, though we don't currently test this. Its optical image stabilization feature also helps it do a good job of smoothing out camera shake and allows you to snap photos and reasonably slow shutter speeds. The camera is comfortable to use, though it does have ergonomic quirks in the form of its fixed screen and overly-sensitive multifunction dial. It's also somewhat bulky, which makes transporting it when not in use a bit of a hassle.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Screen is bright enough to be seen under direct sunlight.
Cons
  • Image quality can degrade in dim environments.
  • Bulky, slightly cheap-feeling design.
6.9 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is alright for landscape photography. It has a fairly wide dynamic range, but images become soft and noisy at even moderate ISO levels, making it ill-suited for low-light photography. Still, it feels comfortable to use and has a touchscreen interface that's bright enough to see even under direct sunlight. Its zoom lens also exhibits a noticeable degree of light falloff, making the corners of your image appear darker than the middle. The camera is mostly comfortable to use. It feels slightly cheaply-built courtesy of its sensitive multifunction dial, plastic body, and lack of proper weather-sealing, though we don't currently test for the latter.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Screen is bright enough to be seen under direct sunlight.
Cons
  • Image quality can degrade in dim environments.
  • Bulky, slightly cheap-feeling design.
7.5 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is a good option for sports and wildlife photography. Its '4k Photo' feature should make it easier to capture quick moments, though we don't currently test this feature. Its maximum shooting speed is also quite quick. The built-in lens' long maximum 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 of tracking moving inanimate objects but struggles a lot more when it comes to maintaining focus on the faces of moving subjects. Its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features can help even if the photo has been taken, though we don't currently test them. Unfortunately, the camera feels a little cheaply built, though its electronic viewfinder does make it easier to line up your shots compared to relying on a display screen.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Large zoom range.
  • Fast maximum shooting speed.
Cons
  • Image quality can degrade in dim environments.
  • Bulky, slightly cheap-feeling design.
3.3 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 isn't 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. Its autofocus system also does a poor job of maintaining focus on moving subjects' faces.

Pros
  • Good video stabilization performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor video quality.
  • Bulky, slightly cheap-feeling design.
  • Fixed screen can't be seen when the camera is pointed at you.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
5.4 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 noticeable 1.27x crop in 4k recording. It also lacks inputs and outputs, with no headphone or microphone jacks and an HDMI port that can't be used to display a live feed of what the camera is capturing. 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.
  • Middling video stabilization performance in 4k.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
3.4 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 isn't for action video. It's too big to be mounted on a chest or helmet rig and isn't rated as being weather-sealed or impact-resistant, though we don't currently test for that. It also struggles to smooth out camera shake in 4k, though it does a good job in this regard when shooting in FHD. It's incapable of recording 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.
  • Bulky, slightly cheap-feeling design.
  • Noticeable crop when recording in 4k.
  • 6.6 Travel Photography
  • 6.9 Landscape Photography
  • 7.5 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 3.3 Vlogging
  • 5.4 Studio Video
  • 3.4 Action Video
  1. Updated Jun 21, 2021: Retested object tracking autofocus in both photo and video to maintain comparable results across reviews.
  2. Updated Jun 07, 2021: Updated to amend HDMI type from 'Micro (Type-D)' to 'Micro (Type-D) [Playback Only]'.

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)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of plastic
  • Buttons feel cheap but feel clicky and provide good physical feedback
  • Multifunction dial has a very smooth finish, making it hard to maintain a secure grip on it
  • Multifunction dial can be used to control either aperture or shutter speed in Manual mode, but the pressure sensor used to adjust its function when you press down on it is highly sensitive
  • Sturdy-feeling flash mechanism
  • Input/output compartments protected by a hard rubber flap that feels solid
  • Battery and SD card slot covered by a locking hinged door

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
Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 camera
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap
  • Lens cap string
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • 1x Panasonic DMW-BMB9PP battery
  • Owner's 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

  • Grip is very large and allows you to easily hold the camera in one hand
  • Single command dial makes it hard to adjust aperture or shutter speed quickly
  • Easy to accidentally swap between adjusting different exposure parameters due to the multifunction dial's sensitive pressure sensor
  • Viewfinder is integrated into the camera body and lacks a rubber gasket, making it uncomfortable to rest your eye against it
  • Small directional pad makes it hard to change settings quickly
  • Touchscreen allows you to access most of the camera's functions
  • Fixed screen makes it tricky to shoot from unconventional angles
  • SD card can't be changed while the camera is mounted on a tripod

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Panasonic Image

  • Easy to navigate the menu using the touchscreen or the directional pad
  • You can remap three buttons, and you can customize five additional tabs on the screen
  • Quick menu gives access to commonly used settings, like ISO, drive mode, and exposure compensation
  • Display option allows you to check shooting mode, aperture, shooting speed, ISO, exposure bias, white balance, flash setting, drive mode, autofocus mode, focus mode, file format, Wi-Fi, and more all at once, though you can't see through the viewfinder or screen while looking at this display
  • Guide mode can explain certain features and functions to novice users

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
1.17 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.46
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
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
18.9 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
80
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
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
Luminance
79.5%
Light Falloff
64.2%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
60 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: The maximum shutter speed of 60s can only be achieved when the camera is set to its 'Artistic Nightscape' mode. In full manual mode, the maximum shutter speed is 4s.

7.9
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
12 fps
Raw Buffer Size
15 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
6 s

Note: The camera's '4k Photo' feature allows you to capture photos at up to 30 fps for the full 15 minutes of which the camera is capable of continuously recording 4k video. Afterward, you can then save the frames you wish to keep. However, we don't currently test this function.

7.1
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
49
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
77" (195 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
25.5%
Object Tracking Success Rate
92.5%

Update 06/21/2021: We've retested this camera's object tracking autofocus performance using different settings to ensure comparability across reviews. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Note: This camera can capture images using all of its focus points at once. This allows for its 'Post Focus' and 'Focus Stacking' features, which alternatively let you change the focus point of an image after it's already been taken or combine all the images taken using different focus points, resulting in an expanded focus range. However, we don't currently test these functions. Also, we tested face tracking at f/5.6 with a full-frame equivalent focal length of 57mm, as using our standard test methodology aperture of f/5.0 and a full-frame equivalent of 22mm yielded noisy images with a very linear depth of field, making it hard to judge autofocus performance. As such, the results shown may not be fully comparable with other cameras.

7.6
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/15 s
6.9
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.84 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
13.1
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
34.9 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
4.873 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
32.75 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
4.829 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
29.86 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
6.63 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

4.5
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 34.99 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 32.43 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 29.51 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 26.69 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 23.39 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 20.06 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording 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
3.1
4k Video
4k 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
Crop At Max Available fps
1.27 x

Note: This camera outputs a slightly longer focal length when recording in 4k compared to FHD.

5.7
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
5.8
Object Tracking In 4k
4.0

Update 06/21/2021: We've retested this camera's object tracking autofocus performance using different settings to ensure comparability across reviews. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Note: We tested face tracking at f/5.6 with a full-frame equivalent focal length of 57mm, as using our standard test methodology aperture of f/5.0 and a full-frame equivalent focal length of 22mm yielded noisy images with a very linear depth of field, making it hard to judge autofocus performance. As such, the results shown may not be fully comparable with other cameras.

5.5
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
24.34 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
30.41 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x
6.5
4k Video
4k 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 bits
Record Time Limit 15 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
4.8
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
3.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
5.4
4k Rolling Shutter
3.48°
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD 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
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
4.6
Object Tracking In FHD
9.3

Update 06/21/2021: We've retested this camera's object tracking autofocus performance using different settings to ensure comparability across reviews. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Note: We tested face tracking at f/5.6 with a full-frame equivalent focal length of 57mm, as using our standard test methodology aperture of f/5.0 and a full-frame equivalent focal length of 22mm yielded noisy images with a very linear depth of field, making it hard to judge autofocus performance. As such, the results shown may not be fully comparable with other cameras.

7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
8.69 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
11.86 pixels/frames
Crop
1
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD 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
Record Time Limit 30 min
3.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
3.5
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.22°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
4.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D) [Playback Only]
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Update 06/07/2021: While this camera has a Type-D Micro HDMI port, it only supports playback on an external device and not external recording. We've amended the test results to specify 'Playback Only'.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic LUMIX 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.

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