Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 review

  • £230.99
  • $362

Panasonic's FX80 boasts a wide Leica lens and Full HD video

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The Panasonic Lumix FX80 offers a host of photographic features in a compact camera body but is designed to be easy enough for those who are used to camera phones to use.

With a 24mm wide lens, Full HD video with stereo sound, touchscreen shooting and autofocus plus a range of automatic modes, the Panasonic Lumix FX80 is perfect for those who enjoy creative photography but don't want to use manual modes. Contrastingly, anyone wanting manual control will be disappointed by the Panasonic Lumix FX80.

Despite Panasonic's claims though, the Lumix FX80 is not a "serious photographic proposition" with average autofocus, metering and image quality, limited dynamic range and an imperfect touchscreen. Thanks to small on-screen buttons, the fact it's not as responsive as it could be and that with only two buttons you have to use the touchscreen all the time, using the Panasonic Lumix FX80 can be frustrating.

We liked

The Panasonic Lumix FX80 packs an impressive level of features into a small frame and remains relatively easy to use. The camera feels built to last and offers both touchscreen shooting and touch autofocus, which generally work well, plus Full HD video filming capability.

We disliked

Despite its large size, the 3-inch touchscreen can make the Panasonic Lumix FX80 frustrating to use. Ultimate image quality is also reasonable rather than great, thanks to smeared fine detail especially at the higher ISO settings. Furthermore, the camera offers no manual control for more advanced users.

Final verdict

As a simple to use camera with a wide angle lens, Full HD video and a large touchscreen, the Panasonic Lumix FX80 ticks many boxes. However, less than perfect image quality makes the camera suitable for those who value features over image quality and don't want manual control over images.

At times it feels like the camera would be better if it had physical controls instead of a touchscreen. However, for undemanding users who don't want manual control, aren't concerned with ultimate image quality and enjoy using a touchscreen, the Panasonic Lumix FX80 could fit the bill.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix FX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesSelf-timer, Smile Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Intelligent ISO Mode, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)114 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56 mm
Width96.3 mm
Depth19.4 mm
Product SeriesFX
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FX80
Product NameLumix DMC-FX80 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFX80EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-FX80 incorporates bright F2.5 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle. The F2.5 lens is approx. 25% brighter than the F2.8 lens which is generally considered a bright lens. It allows the use of faster shutter speed and captures clear, blur-free images even in low lighting situation. The 5x optical zoom increases its power to 10x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FX80 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year