Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80 review

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX80
The 12MP Panasonic FX80 is designed as a step up from camera phones

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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.