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The Panasonic Lumix FX80 is an ultra compact camera from Panasonic, and features a bright f/2.5 5x optical zoom lens, 12.1 megapixel Hi-speed CCD sensor, 3 inch touch screen, and full HD video recording with stereo sound.
The Panasonic Lumix FX80 features an f/2.5 Leica 5x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm terms. On the back is a 3 inch touch screen, a dedicated video record button and playback button.
- 12 megapixel hi-speed CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24mm - 120mm
- f/2.5-6.4 aperture lens
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3 inch 230k dot touch screen
- Full HD video with stereo sound
- ISO100 to ISO1600 (Hi sensitivity mode ISO1600 - 6400)
- 5cm macro mode
- 4fps continuous shooting
Handling - The camera features a metal body, with on/off button, shutter and zoom rocker on the top. There is a dedicated video record button on the back so you can start recording video regardless of which mode you are in. There very little grip on the front of the camera and just an area of raised dots on the back so a wrist strap is recommended. The compact camera fits very easily into your pocket, and feels well built, although the tripod socket is in an awkward position at the very left of the camera.
Menus – The back of the camera is where you'll find the large 3 inch touch screen - this is used to set the mode and options, either in the menu or on screen with the quick access shortcuts on the right of the screen. These can be customised in the menu so you can get quick access to your favourite settings. The Panasonic menus are very easy to use with the camera providing clear text and built in help showing what each option does. Where there are a number of icons, such as the scene mode, each one is explained. The number of options available in the menus changes depending which mode you are currently in, making it very easy to use even for the beginner.
Battery life - CIPA life is rated at: 210 shots. We were able to take over 200 shots before the battery went flat. It's worth noting that the camera charges the battery in the camera using the provided USB cable connected to a computer or the provided AC adapter.
Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Panasonic FX80||Panasonic TZ25|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.8||1.6|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.0||0.6|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.0||1.2|
|Continuous Shooting (JPEG)||4fps||10fps (4 shots)|
|Continuous 3 megapixels||8fps||40fps (40 shots)|
|Continuous Shooting (with Flash)||1fps (3m)||2fps (5 shots, 3m)|
Focus speed is very good, as is shutter response. Shot to shot is decent and the camera has a number of high speed shooting modes, including 4fps at full resolution, and 8fps at 3 megapixels.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 12.3 mm | ISO 500
Outdoors | 1/125 sec | f/6.4 | 21.5 mm | ISO 320
Water | 1/200 sec | f/6.4 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Outside | 1/200 sec | f/3.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Portrait shots with flash show high levels of red-eye in photos, although colour and skin tones are good. Colour is pleasing with bright saturated colour and good levels of detail, although corners are a little soft.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 Lens test images
Wide | 1/125 sec | f/9.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
5x zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.4 | 21.5 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/160 sec | f/2.5 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/13 sec | f/2.7 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Lens test images - Detail is better in the middle of the image, with soft corners. Purple fringing and chromatic aberration is higher than expected, and is particularly noticeable in areas of high contrast. There is some barrel distortion at the wide angle end, with pincushion distortion noticeable at full optical zoom. Macro mode lets you take a photo with the subject roughly 5cm from the front of lens, it's also possible to zoom slightly to get even closer.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 ISO test images
1/4 sec | f/5.7 | 17.0 mm | ISO 100
1/8 sec | f/5.7 | 17.0 mm | ISO 200
1/15 sec | f/5.7 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
1/30 sec | f/5.7 | 17.0 mm | ISO 800
1/60 sec | f/5.7 | 17.0 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO100 and ISO200. At ISO400 images show more noise, with noise increasing further at ISO800. Noise reduction is quite stronge and noise becomes more visible at ISO1600, although if you don't need to print large photos then results are quite good overall.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/3.2 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten Preset | 1/13 sec | f/3.2 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/3.2 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance performs quite well under Tungsten light with the Tungsten preset doing little to improve the image, instead giving it a slight orange cast. Auto White Balance performs very well under fluorescent lighting.
Panoramic | 1/400 sec | f/9.0 | 4.3 mm | ISO 500
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 Digital filters
Expressive | 1/10 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Soft | 1/8 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Toy | 1/8 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Retro | 1/13 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
High Dynamic | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Sepia | 1/13 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
High Key | 1/6 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Low-key | 1/20 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Mono | 1/13 sec | f/4.9 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Miniature | 1/125 sec | f/6.4 | 21.5 mm | ISO 125
Digital Filters - The camera has a number of creative control modes: Expressive, Retro, Hi-Key, Lo-Key, Sepia, Mono, High Dynamic, Toy Camera, Miniature, Soft. Some of the more interesting scene modes includes: Panoramic, hand-held night shot (merges multiple images), Glass through, as well as frames. The camera also features 3D Photo and Cosmetic mode, where you can alter skin tone with the choice of summer, soft and natural skin with each having a setting from Low, Standard and High. In playback there are a number of fun retouch options including: beauty retouch (makeup, appearance etc), artistic retouch (defocus, soft, toy, colour brightness), auto retouch and image stamp.
Video - The FX80 records full HD video with stereo sound, wind filter, continuous AF and optical zoom.
Value For MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix FX80 is available for £190, this makes it quite expensive for an ultra compact camera with a touch screen, although few have a bright f/2.5 lens. Alternatives include the Canon IXUS 240 HS (£232, Wi-Fi), Canon IXUS 125 HS (£179), Olympus SH-25MR (£179, GPS), Nikon Coolpix S4200 (£119), Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR (£215), Samsung MV800 (£139), Nikon Coolpix S100 (£175), Panasonic Lumix FX90 (£199, Wi-Fi). You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 ProsUltra compact camera
f/2.5 aperture at wide end
Good 3 inch touch screen
Full HD video with stereo sound
4fps continuous shooting
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 ConsRed-eye
Poor tripod socket position
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.5 - f/6.4|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 120mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 680mAh)|
|Box Contents||Battery Pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|