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Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Apr 12, 2021 at 09:40 am
Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 Picture
6.8
Travel Photography
6.3
Landscape Photography
6.9
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
6.2
Studio Video
4.0
Action Video
Body Type
Point and Shoot
Mirrorless
Yes
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a portable design that makes it easy to bring with you on the go. It has a small handgrip, a flip-out screen, and a versatile zoom range. For casual photographers on the go who want a simple compact with a lot of zoom, it should do the trick without breaking the bank, although it suffers from the limitations of its small sensor.

Our Verdict

6.8 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is okay for travel photography. Image quality is okay straight out of the camera, but the camera is limited by its small sensor. Its photo autofocus system does a great job tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus, but it can lose track of faster-moving subjects. The built-in lens has a long zoom range, which gives you some versatility to capture far-off subjects. The camera is also very portable, though its battery life may not be long enough to last long days on the go.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Impressive photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • Screen not really bright enough to read in direct sunlight.
  • Limited dynamic range.
6.3 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is mediocre for landscape photography. JPEG image quality is decent, but its built-in lens doesn't let in a lot of light due to its narrow max aperture, so it isn't well-suited to low-light shooting, which isn't helped by its poor noise handling at high ISO settings. The camera's small sensor also means it has a very limited dynamic range, so it can't capture a wide range of detail in high-contrast shots.

Pros
  • Impressive photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • Screen not really bright enough to read in direct sunlight.
  • Limited dynamic range.
6.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is okay for sport and wildlife photography. It has a very long zoom range that makes it easy to capture far-off subjects. However, its built-in lens isn't very sharp or fast, so it's not great for low-light situations. Its photo autofocus system does an impressive job tracking fast-moving subjects and offers decent image quality. However, it takes a while to clear its buffer, which can be disappointing if you want to freeze the action with burst photography. It also isn't the most comfortable camera to shoot with.

Pros
  • Impressive photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • Takes a long time for the photo buffer to empty.
7.5 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is good for vlogging. This camera is incredibly portable, and its handy flip-out screen lets you see yourself while you record. It also does a great job smoothing out camera shake while you record handheld in FHD, though its performance is disappointing if you record in 4k. Unfortunately, the video quality is disappointing, so video footage doesn't look very sharp or detailed.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Flip-out screen.
  • Good video stabilization.
Cons
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • Inadequate at smoothing out camera shake while walking in 4k.
6.2 Studio Video

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 isn't intended for studio video. Video quality in 4k and FHD is disappointing, resulting in footage that isn't very sharp or detailed. It doesn't offer many inputs for videography accessories, so you can't connect a microphone or headphones to monitor your audio. While it does a decent job tracking moving subjects with its video autofocus in FHD, its autofocus system performs much worse in 4k.

Pros
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • Inadequate video autofocus performance in 4k.
4.0 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is poor for action video, though it isn't designed for this use. The manufacturer doesn't advertise this camera as water-resistant, and video quality in 4k and FHD is disappointing, so video doesn't look very sharp or detailed. It also doesn't offer many frame rate options in FHD, so it isn't suitable for slow-motion clips. That said, it has a portable design and can help smooth out camera shake if you're recording in 4k and FHD.

Pros
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • Not a lot of frame rate options in FHD.
  • No advertised water resistance.
  • 6.8 Travel Photography
  • 6.3 Landscape Photography
  • 6.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 6.2 Studio Video
  • 4.0 Action Video
  1. Updated Oct 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 16, 2022: We previously noted that this camera had a native minimum ISO of 100, but it's been corrected to show the actual minimum ISO of 80.
  3. Updated Aug 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  4. Updated Jun 22, 2022: Updated 'Hand Grip' to show 'Yes' for small and medium hands instead of 'No Hand Grip' to better reflect this camera's ergonomics.
  5. Updated Apr 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  6. Updated Dec 15, 2021: Updated body type from 'Ultracompact' to 'Compact'.
  7. Updated May 25, 2021: Reevaluated test scene extracts in both 'FHD Video Quality' and '4k Video Quality' sections.
  8. Updated Apr 12, 2021: Review published.
  9. Updated Apr 08, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is available in 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant, but we expect both color variants to perform similarly. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.1
Design
Portability
Height
2.7" (6.9 cm)
Width
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Depth
1.6" (4.1 cm)
Volume
19.3 in³ (316.9 cm³)
Weight
0.72 lbs (0.33 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.72 lbs (0.33 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of metal
  • Buttons provide adequate physical feedback
  • Dial feels a bit loose
  • Input/output compartments protected by a hard plastic flap, not a solid door
  • Battery and SD card slot covered by a locking hinged door

Design
Body
Body Type
Point and Shoot
Water Resistance
No
Mirrorless
Yes
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 camera body
  • User manual
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Panasonic DMW-BLG10PP battery
  • Lanyard

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Small hand grip is sufficient for people with smaller hands, but it isn't especially comfortable
  • Two command dials and multiple customizable buttons

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
2.33 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.53
7.4
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Flip-Out
Screen Max Brightness
345 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Panasonic Image

  • Easy to navigate using the touchscreen and the control dial
  • Guide Mode is available for additional information about settings and features
  • Quick menu gives access to commonly used settings, such as ISO and Drive Mode

6.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
3.3 - 6.4
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/18.5
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens
Minimum Focal Length
4.3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
128 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
720 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
79.9%
Light Falloff
68%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.3 MP
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Processor
Venus Engine
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
80
Native ISO Maximum
3,200
Tested Firmware
Ver.1.1
6.5
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Panasonic DMW-BLG10PP
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
380 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
85 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
2 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.9
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
10 fps
Raw Buffer Size
29 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
100 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
28 s
8.2
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
76%
Face Tracking Success Rate
65%
Face Detection Distance
87" (220 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
7.6
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/15 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
4.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
7.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
5.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
4.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
2.8 f-stops
5.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,097 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,250 LW/PH
8.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
39.70 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.19 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.90 dB
4.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
34.86 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
31.98 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
29.12 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
26.09 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
23.18 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
19.03 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
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 N/A
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 N/A
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
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
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
No
4k Video
3.1
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
1.35 x
7.1
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
100 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
5.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
6.7
Face Tracking In 4k
2.2
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
4.8
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
3.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.5
6.9
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
4.3°
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
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
30 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
20 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7
Face Tracking In FHD
4.4
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
4.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.5
7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
5.8
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

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