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Panasonic Lumix FZ82 FZ80 Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix FZ82 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera takes good photos, with pleasing colour and reliable exposure. There are no signs of red-eye in portrait photos taken with flash. The camera can struggle in low-light, with noise becoming an issue at times, degrading image quality. Dynamic range recorded by the camera can be extended using the iDynamic setting, or using the HDR shooting mode. 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80) Lens test images

Lens Performance - You can focus on subjects just 1cm away from the lens when shooting in macro mode. Built-in optical image stabilisation helps when shooting in low-light as well as when shooting with the full optical zoom. There is little purple fringing visible. Some vignetting was visible when using the full optical zoom. The lens performs well at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of the lens, with just a slight drop in image quality when using the full optical zoom. Focus was quick and reliable, except in low-light when the camera could struggle a little. 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO80 and ISO100, with noise becoming more noticeable at ISO200 and ISO400 (when viewing images at 100%). Results are still quite good at ISO800, and although there is noise, images are still sharp, with good levels of detail. At ISO1600 noise becomes more noticeable, and detail drops as a result. At ISO3200 noise increases again, detail is low, and colour saturation drops. 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Under tungsten light, the auto white balance (AWB) setting gives a warm result. Using the Tungsten preset there is a very slightly better image, but for best results manual white balance is recommended. Under fluorescent lighting the AWB gives a reasonable result, but for best results manual white balance may be needed. 

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 Panoramic P1000060 | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 3.6 mm | ISO 80
Panoramic | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 3.6 mm | ISO 80

Panorama mode - There is an automatic panoramic mode, that will automatically stitch the photo as you pan from one side to another. The results are quite good, although there is some blurring in our image. The resolution of the image is better than some, at roughly 10 megapixels.

 

Video - The camera will record 4K (UHD) 3840x2160 resolution video at 30fps or 25fps (100Mbps), and FullHD at 50fps, 60fps, 30fps, and 25fps. The camera can also record 720p view at 100fps, and VGA video at 200fps. The highest ISO speed available in video mode is ISO3200. Additional Panasonic Lumix FZ82 videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel. Video quality is good, and the camera's optical image stabilisation performs quite well. Due to the long optical zoom, a tripod is recommended.

 


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Photographs taken using the Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80)

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