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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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