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%. 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.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic FZ80 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10 and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec. FZ80 also has an electronic shutter which can shoot silently at max speed of 1/16000 sec. One thing to keep in mind is that electronic shutter may cause rolling shutter effects on your images in certain conditions.
FZ80 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Panasonic FZ80 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 49 points to choose from.
Panasonic FZ80 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
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.
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.It is also a big step up from its predecessor which has a max video resolution of only. If you are thinking of upgrading your and shoot a lot of video, this is a big factor to consider in favor of FZ80.
FZ80 also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 for ultra slow motion videos. It has a Mono speaker but no built-in microphone.
4K Photo Mode
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 built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) 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 FZ80 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or 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 355 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 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 FZ80 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Panasonic FZ80 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Panasonic FZ80 is $297.99