This review is devoted to Lumix DC-ZS80 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Feb 18, 2018. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Panasonic released to replace their older product ZS70.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #13 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #331 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 42 mm (44.09 x 27.17 x 16.54″) with the weight of 327 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 42mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 6400.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,330k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Lumix DC-ZS80 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DC-ZS80 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Lumix DC-ZS80 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
Apart from the focus features described above, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 also comes packed with a special Post Focus mode. This mode uses its 4K video and combines bracketing features together in order to take a series of shots and later merge them into one image. It also gives you more opportunities for further processing of your shots. For example, after the picture is taken, you can change the focus point of it using the LCD screen of your camera. This feature offers photographers some significant flexibility. However, bear in mind that the resulting photo will come with only 8 MP resolution.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DC-ZS80.
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Lumix DC-ZS80 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DC-ZS80 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 offers the highest battery life that reaches 380 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DC-ZS80 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 can be called a 75 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 18, 2018|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,330k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||n/a|
|DxO Color Depth||n/a|
|DxO Dynamic Range||n/a|
|DxO Low Light ISO||n/a|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||6,400|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 69 x 42 mm|
|Battery Life||380 shots|
|Battery Type||380 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)|