Panasonic Lumix ZS80 camera

A 21-megapixel camera from Panasonic with a 1/2.3 sensor, a 2.9-inch LCD, and an image stabilizer.

About

The Lumix ZS80 is a 21-megapixel camera with 30x optical zoom and a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24mm-720mm. It has a 2.9-inch LCD (1,040,000 pixels). It also includes an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light. Because of its long zoom lens, we consider this model a superzoom camera. The Lumix ZS80 stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPEG or RAW files at a top resolution of 5264 x 3904 and UHD-4K-resolution video as MP4 files at a top resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a frame rate up to 60p or 30i. Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery. It also has manual controls and manual focus. The image stabilization system for this camera is optical. The Lumix ZS80 measures 4.4 inches wide by 2.7 inches high by 1.6 inches deep, and weighs 12 ounces (with battery, memory card, and strap).

Results in the following chart are gathered from Consumer Reports’ 2018 and 2019 Winter Surveys of 7,912 superzoom cameras, owned by members who purchased a new device between 2010 and 2019.

Our predicted brand reliability ratings are based on a statistical model that estimates problem rates within the first 4 years of ownership, for superzoom cameras that are not covered by an extended warranty or service contract. Higher ratings are indicative of better reliability. Brands receiving a red or orange rating cannot be recommended by CR at this time.

Our owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their superzoom camera brand to friends and family.

Predicted Reliability

Canon
Kodak
Nikon
Olympus
Panasonic
Sony

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 and 2019 Winter Surveys

Owner Satisfaction

Canon
Kodak
Nikon
Olympus
Panasonic
Sony

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 and 2019 Winter Surveys

Features

Viewfinder Viewfinder This optical device allows you to look through an eyepiece to frame the subject before taking a picture.
Yes
Manual focus Manual focus Digital cameras provide greater depth of field than cameras with longer focal-length lenses, such as 35 mm or APS cameras; therefore, manual focusing will rarely be needed. It's not even possible to do on some cameras. Manual focus options vary; a few cameras provide a continuously adjustable manual focus ring, others only a limited number of discrete focus distance settings.
Yes
Exposure compensation Exposure compensation Allows for minor adjustments to the automatic-exposure settings. When a scene has high contrast, as in a backlit scene, automatic exposure may not achieve the effect you want. It helps to be able to alter the settings so that the subject of the photo does not appear too dark or too light.
Yes
Image stabilization type Image stabilization type An image stabilizer compensates for handheld camera shake. Optical (in the lens) and mechanical (in the camera body) image stabilizers are the best types to use, although some cameras include simulated stabilization, which is considered a less effective type than the others.
Optical
Touch screen Touch screen Touch screen indicates touch capability on the LCD.
Yes

Specs

Maximum aperture Maximum aperture The maximum aperture (lens opening) for wide and telephoto shots. A single number indicates that the camera does not have a zoom lens.
f 3.3-6.4
Shutter speed range Shutter speed range Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
30 - 1/2000
Optical zoom Optical zoom Optical zoom is the maximum magnifcation of the lens.
30
35mm equivalent zoom ratio 35mm equivalent zoom ratio All digital camera manufacturers publish this "35mm equivalent" focal length simply because people are used to hearing it and knowing what kind of image a 28mm lens produces compared to a 50mm lens.
24-720
LCD size (in.) LCD size Digital cameras have a small liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen on the back so you can see the images and decide which to keep. You can also use the LCD to help frame photos, but that's a sure way to run down the battery in a hurry. Most LCD screens are too dim for viewing clearly in sunlight. Many cameras also use the screen for displaying menus and camera settings. It is desirable to have both an LCD display and a viewfinder with an eyepiece.
2.9
AA batteries AA batteries Indicates whether the camera accepts AA batteries. This options allows you to use disposable or rechargeable batteries.
No