Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 18.1MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
  • Lumix DC Vario 60x Zoom Lens
  • 20-1200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1.166m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • ISO 6400, 10 fps Shooting, 4K Photo Mode
  • Post Focus and Focus Stacking
  • POWER O.I.S., DFD AF System
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Panasonic DC-FZ80 Overview

  • 1Description

Mixing long-zoom capabilities with multimedia recording versatility, the Lumix DC-FZ80 from Panasonic pairs an expansive 60x zoom lens with high-resolution stills and 4K video shooting functionality. Revolving around an 18.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, the FZ80 has a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 for working in low-light conditions as well as a 10 fps shooting rate and UHD 4K/30p video recording at 100 Mbps. The 4K capabilities are extended to stills applications, too, and allow for 30 fps shooting at 8MP as well as the ability to use Post Focus for choosing your specific point of focus after shooting. Complementing these imaging assets is a Lumix DC Vario lens, which provides a 20-1200mm equivalent focal length range, along with POWER O.I.S. to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.

Benefitting these performance attributes is an ergonomic body design that incorporates both a 1.166m-dot electronic viewfinder, for eye-level monitoring, as well as a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD for intuitive control of shooting settings. Built-in Wi-Fi is also featured for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.

18.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 4K UHD Video
An 18.1MP 1/2.3" High-Sensitivity MOS sensor helps to deliver fast overall performance and notable image quality to suit working in a wide variety of conditions. A top sensitivity of ISO 6400 supports working in difficult lighting conditions, and the shutter also affords a quick 10 fps shooting rate at full-resolution with the mechanical shutter as well as 30 fps shooting at 8MP using the 4K Photo modes.

In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the FZ80 also supports recording UHD 4K/30p video at 100 Mbps in the MP4 format. Full HD 1080p/60 is also supported, as well as slow-motion 720p/120 and 480p/240 recording settings.
Lumix DC Vario 60x Zoom Lens and POWER O.I.S.
Covering an expansive 20-1200mm equivalent focal length range, the built-in Lumix DC lens offers a 60x optical zoom range that covers wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives. Benefitting the long reach is an advanced optical design that includes six aspherical elements, for a total of nine aspherical surfaces, and three extra-low dispersion elements to help control color fringing and a variety of aberrations for high clarity and sharpness.

The lens' already impressive optical zoom range can be effectively doubled through the use of Intelligent Zoom, to achieve a total magnification of 120x. Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) settings are also available, which crop into the image to generate a narrower field of view, in order to produce 84x and 122x zoom magnifications at 9MP and 4.5MP resolutions, respectively. Standard digital zoom can be applied as well to, again, increase the effective zoom range by 4x.

Benefitting the long zoom range, POWER Optical Image Stabilization is also featured, and helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting at greater zoom magnifications.
4K Photo Modes
Utilizing the 4K video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:
  • 4K Burst: Just as with video recording, this mode will allow you to continuously record 8MP images at 30 fps for up to 15 min, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • 4K Pre-Burst: This mode is suitable for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record 8MP images at 30 fps one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • 4K Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the 4K video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8MP frame.
Post Focus and Focus Stacking
Another attribute of the 4K capabilities is a unique focusing method called Post Focus. This function records imagery as a 4K MP4 file at 30 fps and shifts the specific point of focus throughout the burst shooting in order to offer a range of distinct focusing ranges to choose from. During playback, via the camera's touchscreen, you can then tap the specific region of the image you wish to be in focus and an 8MP JPEG file will be created. Multiple individual files with different points of focus can be created from the original burst, and focusing assist functions can also be used to gain even more precise control over the specific in-focus region.

A built-in focus stacking feature lets you program the capture of a sequence of photos with shifting focus. This technique allows you to utilize the highest performing aperture as well as increase the depth of field in your final image.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A 0.2" Live View Finder features a 1.166m-dot resolution, 0.46x equivalent magnification, and 100% frame coverage.
  • A larger means for image composition and playback, the 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear LCD touchscreen monitor permits intuitive menu navigation and settings control.
  • A built-in pop-up flash is available to produce additional illumination when working in low-light conditions. A hot shoe is also featured for working with an optional external flash.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to pair the FZ80 with smartphones or tablets running the Panasonic Image App for wireless image transferring and remote camera control.
Depth-From-Defocus AF Technology
For accelerated autofocus performance, DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position to benefit continuous shooting and movie recording modes. This contrast-detection type focus method also benefits subject tracking performance for maintaining sharp focus on moving subjects.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation.
Other Camera Features
  • A dedicated macro mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 0.4" / 1cm-away.
  • Raw image files can be processed in-camera for a more streamlined post-production workflow.
  • A mechanical shutter enables a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and an electronic shutter function avails a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.
  • Panorama Shot mode allows you to create seamless panoramic imagery by simply panning about the scene to capture wide-field views.
  • The included lithium-ion battery provides approximately 330 shots per charge when using the rear LCD monitor, or 240 shots per charge with the electronic viewfinder.
  • Convenient for traveling, the battery can be charged inside the camera via USB connection.
  • Create Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
  • Still image Scene Guide modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, and Monochrome.
  • Photo Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, and Custom.
  • Picture Adjustment settings: Contrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation, Color Tone, and Filter Effect.
UPC: 885170310919
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic DC-FZ80 Specs

    Pixels Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
    Effective: 18.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3" MOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD 2.0, MP4
    Max Resolution 4896 x 3672
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lens 14 Elements in 12 Groups
    6 Aspherical, 3 ED
    Effective Focal Length: 3.58 to 215mm (35 mm Equivalent: 20 to 1200mm)
    Aperture: f/2.8 (W) to f/5.9 (T) to f/8
    Filter Thread 55mm
    Zoom Optical: 60x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 84x
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 122x
    Intelligent Zoom: 120x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
    Telephoto: 4.92' to Infinity / 150 cm to Infinity
    Wide Macro: 0.39" to Infinity / 1 cm to Infinity
    Tele Macro: 4.92' to Infinity / 150 cm to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 3200 (Extended Mode:80 to 6400)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 4 to 1/2000 Second 
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 1 to 16,000 Second 
    60 to 0 Second in Night Scene Mode
    1/2 to 16,000 Second in Movie Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
    Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 18.1 MP
    Up to 6 fps at 18.1 MP
    Up to 2 fps at 18.1 MP
    Up to 30 fps at 8 MP
    Self-Timer 2, 10 Sec
    Flash Modes Auto
    Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
    First-Curtain Sync
    Forced On
    Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
    Second-Curtain Sync
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Wide:1.0 to 46.3' / 0.3 to 14.1 m
    Telephoto:4.9 to 20.0' / 1.5 to 6.1 m
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Type SD
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps
    1920 x 1080i: 60 fps
    1280 x 720p: 30 fps
    640 x 480p: 30 fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Touchscreen (1,040,000 Pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Built In
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 895 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.7 x 4.7" / 130.2 x 94.3 x 119.2 mm
    Weight 1.35 lb / 616 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 6.9 x 4.8"

    Panasonic DC-FZ80 Reviews

    Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value, rugged too I recently purchased this camera for a safari in Southern Africa. It performed flawlessly the entire time. I was able to get pictures with the 1200 mm lens that the Cannon people with their 300 mm lenses could not. Their body alone was three times what I spent for my Panasonic. I could not shoot multiple frames as fast as the more expensive cameras was the only downside. I even gave the camera a 1 meter drop test while showing accessories. It came out with a few dings in the flash cover and no other damage after dropping 3 feet onto the dirt! This is a good value for your money.
    Date published: 2017-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from superduper zoom, hell lots of features Just got my fz80 yesterday. Here are the pros and cons. pros: 1) Great great great zooming camera. gives optical+intelligent + digital zoom. max zoom is upto 6700mm. Here is 4k moon max zoom test 2) loaded with lots and lots of features namely 3 types of 4k photo burst, post focus, full hd to 4k video shooting, 240 fps video@480p,120 fps video@720p, 60fps @ full hd and 30fps @ 4k, 24 types of photo modes, 10 photo effects, raw + jpeg support same as DSLR's, dedicated macro zoom, so on... 3)good low light performance 4) best entry level bridge camera for 4k video shooting especially shooting landscapes. 5) heavy and bold, feels sturdy 6) wifi connectivity with devices is noteworth, mobile application gives remote view and control for the camera. cons: 1) a bit noisy display 2) would be best in the range if it had manual focus rings like that of zs60 in the price range. overall, for the price range in combination with features and superzoom bestone to go for with latest updates and technology.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be happier! I have previously owned the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and upgraded to the FZ80. I could not be more thrilled by the clarity! The camera is excellent in low light with few pixelations with blown up and the zoom clarity is outstanding. The close-ups are also much improved from the earlier versions. Honestly, if you don't want to lug around a lot of heavy equipment but still value a great shot, this is the camera for you!
    Date published: 2017-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lumix owner for some time I have a few Lumix cameras. Had this for a few months now. I'm no camera tester, but I know what performs and what doesn't. Did purchase (and returned) a different manufacturers camera based on claims. I returned to what works for me, Lumix. These are my personal likes and may not be yours, but the DC-FZ80 focuses fast, and I was surprised that a zoom lens this long actually was sharp (not dedicated lens sharp), but held very good sharpness through out the 20mm wide through the 1200mm telephoto. It has many bells and whistles for a 'Point & Shoot'. My go to's are the ability to shoot 4K video at almost full zoom, 120 FPS slo-mo video (720p), 4K burst of images, built in flash, incredible macro & zoom combination, view through an LCD or through a viewfinder, large amount of image controls, effects and options that I haven't explored yet. One downside is that the LCD is not adjustable. If you're a professional photographer, go with a DSLR, you may be disappointed in thinking it equals a $3800 camera & lens. If you want the best in a point and shoot, at a price that is worth four times that amount of quality and features, this is the camera to get. One last note; it has good all automatic shooting modes, but may be a bit intimidating for someone who wants just a point and shoot.
    Date published: 2017-06-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nearly great near but far from good far - part 1 I purchased this camera for wildlife photography, specifically birds. My primary gear is a mirrorless system but there are times when hauling all that gear is not feasible. I was drawn to the affordable price, ease, reach of the camera and the flexibility to shoot in RAW or JPEG.I've had this camera for about 3 weeks and have put it to the test in different light and weather conditions. I wanted to love it as it has much to offer but the results have not been what I had hoped. On the plus side.. it's comfortable to hold and carry for hours; though the controls take a bit of getting used to, once learned, they are fairly straightforward; it has tremendous reach; decent but not outstanding battery life (which is considerably shorter when using burst or 4k and the EVF); and the image stabilization works better than I expected. Where this camera performs best is in bright light, wide open, and between 20mm-100mm (though when trying to shoot macro I could not get as close as 1cm away - which the instructions say you can -- without the camera refusing to take the photo and warning me I needed to be farther away). (Bug on fence). At the telephoto end of the zoom range, fine detail is lost. The images are unacceptably soft and, for me, not suitable for posting or printing. (Anhinga on branches) The camera does a nice job in bright sun with manageable noise. Images are best between ISO 80 and ISO 400 but forget about taking a decent image in low-light or dappled or filtered light (e.g. under a tree canopy even with bare branches). While shooting RAW exclusively, images at ISO 400 or more were very degraded and difficult, if not impossible, to rescue in post processing. The other noticeable issue is that the AF is not reliable. In AFF (for tracking objects with unexpected motion) or AFC, the camera spent far too much time searching and failing to lock on the subject. I ended up with far more, and far too many, unusable shots. So, reluctantly, I will be returning the camera.
    Date published: 2017-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good camera, not perfect I wanted a bridge camera with good zoom so I wouldn't have to haul around my mirrorless Sony and extra lenses.? I read lots of reviews and settled on the FZ80.? It does some things incredibly well; for example, you can get very close to the subject you're photographing--practically touching the subject with the lens.? The rear screen is good, though I prefer to use an EVF.? That brings up one of the problems--I'm not a huge fan of its EVF for a couple of reasons. 1) There is no sensor, so you have to press a button to switch from rear screen to EVF, and back again.? That may not seem like a big problem, but when you're trying to capture wildlife it just adds another step to the process.? 2) The EVF seems a bit dim and small.? There are a lot of special functions and settings with the camera, which is good.? Another problem I've had is soft focus and trouble focusing at full zoom.? I end up discarding some shots because of this.? Overall, however, it is a good little camera.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Camera This camera is a blast! But please don't think your getting a $1,500 camera for $400. It has a 1/2.3 sensor - not capable of the images the more expensive cameras will give you. But they won't give you a 20mm-1200mm lens either! It's an inexpensive camera hanging on the back of an inexpensive telescope. It is a fun camera!! Here is my flickr ECFZ80 album:
    Date published: 2017-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun I use this camera to reach out farther for animal shots and it gives me more distance for insect pics. I do find using a monopod for the long shots gives the best results. This isn't my first superzoom from Panasonic and it won't be my last because they just keep getting better and better. And what can I say about B&H, you're the best.
    Date published: 2017-04-17
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    HDMI Out specification?, Does it Output 4K thru ...

    HDMI Out specification?, Does it Output 4K thru the HDMI port? If so what frame rate?. Thanks
    Asked by: Lemuel
    It can HDMI output 4K/100M/30p or 4K/100M/24P
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-01-29


    Are you able to take a 60 second exposure at more than 80iso?
    Asked by: Eli W.
    There is a Bulb mode within the Manual control setting. This will allow you to expose for any desired length.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will the LUMIX DC-FZ80 take RAW photos in the burst mode?
    Asked by: Jo-Ann K.
    No, burst mode is JPEG only.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I love taking separate photos of a scene and stitching them into a panorama afterward using software (i.e. the old style panorama mode). Is there an Exposure-lock setting on this camera to achieve this? Am I able to accomplish this in Manual Mode?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    There is an auto exposure lock button on the back of this camera.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Why do you have external mic in the accessories? Does this camera have a plug-in mic port?
    Asked by: Jose B.
    No, it does not have a plug in mic port but if you buy an external video recorder you can plug an external microphone into those.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this camera have an external microphone input?
    Asked by: Joey D.
    No, it does not have a microphone input.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does the lens have threads to attach UV filters?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it does!
    Answered by: Ana S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Interested in a camera for indoor sports (basketball) -- can anybody comment on how this camera does in that setting?
    Asked by: Greg F.
    This camera is perfect for that. It has a burst mode which is pretty much a motor drive so you won't miss any thing. Indoor shooting is awesome. There's also a 4k burst when taking video of fast moving objects.
    Answered by: Michael J.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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