LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic ZS80 has a Tilting 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. For those of you who loves shooting selfies, self or group photos, Panasonic ZS80 will make your life easier with its Selfie friendly
screen. Another group of users who will take advantage of ZS80's LCD screen is Vloggers.
ZS80 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder has a resolution of 2,330kdots and coverage of 100%. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later. The magnification ratio of the viewfinder is 0.53x (35mm equivalent).
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic ZS80 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10.0 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec
. ZS80 also has an electronic shutter which can shoot silently at max speed of 1/16000s
. One thing to keep in mind is that electronic shutter may cause rolling shutter effects on your images in certain conditions.
Unfortunately ZS80 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic ZS80 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. Panasonic ZS80 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
Macro shooters will love Panasonic ZS80's Focus Stacking feature. In this mode, ZS80 automatically composites multiple shots taken at different focal positions using focus bracketing to create a single image with maximum depth of field.
Panasonic ZS80 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.
With Panasonic ZS80, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30p fps with bit rates up to 100 mbps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. This means that Panasonic ZS80 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.
ZS80 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Panasonic ZS80 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7800 or Fujifilm X30 in a similar price range.
4K Photo Mode
Utilizing its 4K Video recording abilities in a creative way, Panasonic ZS80 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 ZS80 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi)
connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.Panasonic ZS80's Bluetooth
connectivity feature comes handy for connecting other devices that supports it. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our ZS80. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect ZS80 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Panasonic ZS80 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 380 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Panasonic ZS80 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic ZS80 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Panasonic ZS80 Features Compared to Main Competitors