LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic FZ80 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
FZ80 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder.
The viewfinder has a resolution of 1,166kdots and coverage of 100%.
Panasonic FZ80 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10 and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec . FZ80 has a built-in flash, and you can also mount your external flashes too.
Panasonic FZ80 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 49 points to choose from.
Panasonic FZ80 has a special Post Focus mode which uses its 4K video and focus bracketing features together to shoot and stack a burst of images into a single image which you can change the focus point on the LCD screen after it is taken. Although the resulting image has only 8 MP resolution, the flexibility this feature gives to the shooter is unmatched.
4K Photo Mode
With Panasonic FZ80, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. This means that Panasonic FZ80 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness. There is also a high speed mode where you can capture videos at 240 for ultra slow motion videos. It has a Mono speaker but no built-in microphone.
Panasonic FZ80 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 in a similar price range.
Utilizing its 4K Video recording abilities in a creative way, Panasonic FZ80 sports a 4K Photo Mode where you can capture 8 MP photos from 4K videos.
Using a software such as Adobe Lightroom on your PC or in-camera function, you can review the 4K video frame by frame and extract the image that you like the most.
Connectivity and Storage
Panasonic FZ80 features a built-in wireless connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our FZ80. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect your camera to other devices through HDMI port or via USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Panasonic FZ80 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 330 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR-Like type cameras is 358 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic FZ80 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Current Lowest price for Panasonic FZ80 is $397.99