The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is an ultracompact point-and-shoot camera with a portable design that makes it easy to bring with you on the go. Image quality is decent, and its impressive photo autofocus system helps track fast-moving subjects and keep them in focus for your shot. It even comes with a flip-out screen so you can see yourself while you record. However, video quality is inadequate, so your footage isn't very sharp or detailed, which can be disappointing for videographers.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is decent for travel photography. Image quality is decent, and its photo autofocus system does a great job tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus. Its low minimum shutter speed also lets you take long-exposure photos of the starry night sky or a city at night. It's portable, though its advertised battery life may not be long enough to last through long days on the go.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is satisfactory for landscape photography. Image quality is decent, but its built-in lens doesn't let in a lot of light, which can be limiting for some photographers. Its screen isn't very bright, so it can be hard to read in direct sunlight. While it doesn't have a dedicated hand grip, you can still use it with two hands or mount it on a tripod.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is satisfactory for sport and wildlife photography. Its photo autofocus system does an impressive job tracking fast-moving subjects, and it 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 lacks a dedicated handgrip, though you can still use it with two hands.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is decent for vlogging. This camera is incredibly portable, and its flip-out screen lets you see yourself while you record, which is handy. It also does a great job smoothing out camera shake while you record while walking in FHD, though its performance is disappointing if you record in 4k. Unfortunately, the video quality is disappointing, so your footage isn't very sharp or detailed.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is middling 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.
The Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 is poor for action video, though it isn't really designed for this use. This camera isn't advertised to be water-resistant, though we don't test for that, and video quality in 4k and FHD is disappointing, so your footage isn't very sharp or detailed. It also doesn't offer many frame rate options in FHD, so it isn't suitable for making slow-motion clips. That said, it has a portable design, and it can help smooth out camera shake if you're recording in 4k and FHD.
Update 05/25/2021: The score for the 'Test Scene Extract In 4k' was subjectively reevaluated. The '4k Video Quality' score has been changed.
Update 05/25/2021: The score for the 'Test Scene Extract In FHD' was subjectively reevaluated. The 'FHD Video Quality' score has been changed.
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.
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