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Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Apr 12, 2021 at 09:40 am
Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 Picture
7.0
Travel Photography
7.1
Landscape Photography
7.1
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.2
Vlogging
5.7
Studio Video
4.6
Action Video
Body Type
Ultracompact
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

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.

Our Verdict

7.0 Travel Photography

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.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Impressive photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • No dedicated hand grip.
  • Screen not really bright enough to read in direct sunlight.
7.1 Landscape Photography

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.

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

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.

Pros
  • Impressive photo autofocus system.
Cons
  • No dedicated hand grip.
7.2 Vlogging

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Pros
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • Not a lot of frame rate options in FHD.
  • No advertised water resistance.
  • 7.0 Travel Photography
  • 7.1 Landscape Photography
  • 7.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.2 Vlogging
  • 5.7 Studio Video
  • 4.6 Action Video
  1. Updated May 25, 2021: Reevaluated test scene extracts in both 'FHD Video Quality' and '4k Video Quality' sections.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
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
Water Resistance
No
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
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • Grip is too small to be considered a proper hand grip
  • Grip is sufficient to hold the camera, but you need to use two hands to operate it
  • Two command dials and multiple customizable buttons

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

Design
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
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.3 MP
Processor
Venus Engine
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
3,200
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0
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
6.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
3.3 - 6.4
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/18.5
Minimum Focal Length
4.3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
128 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
720 mm
Luminance
79.9%
Light Falloff
68%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
2 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.9
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
10 fps
Raw Buffer Size
34 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
29 s
8.1
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
87" (220 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
65%
Object Tracking Success Rate
75.5%
7.6
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/15 s
7.3
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.07 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
12.31
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.74 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
5.696 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
36.16 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
6.285 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.52 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
7.725 pixels

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

4.4
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 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
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
No
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
1.35 x
5.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
2.2
Object Tracking In 4k
6.7
7.2
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
13.06 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
29.63 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x
6.5
4k Video
4k 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 bits
Record Time Limit 15 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
5.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
3.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.7
4k Rolling Shutter
5.34°

Update 05/25/2021: The score for the 'Test Scene Extract In 4k' was subjectively reevaluated. The '4k Video Quality' score has been changed.

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
7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
4.4
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7
8.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
5.07 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
10.15 pixels/frames
Crop
1.09
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD 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
Record Time Limit 30 min
4.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.8
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.16°

Update 05/25/2021: The score for the 'Test Scene Extract In FHD' was subjectively reevaluated. The 'FHD Video Quality' score has been changed.

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
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

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.

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