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Panasonic has released the Lumix DC-FZ80D, an updated version of its 60x superzoom from 2017. It will be sold as the FZ82D in Europe and the FZ85D in Japan.

The ‘D’ variants get a USB-C socket (with charging) to bring them into line with European regulations, and see the panels in both the rear screen and viewfinder brought up to more modern specifications. The fixed rear screen moves from 1.04M dots to 1.84M, meaning a resolution jump from 720 x 480px to 960 x 640px.

More intriguingly, the viewfinder moves from a 1.17M dot equivalent field sequential panel with 0.46x magnification to a 2.36M dot OLED display with 0.74x magnification. That’s much larger, much higher resolution and won’t exhibit the rainbow effect that field-sequential displays are prone to. The thing that makes it interesting is that those are the same specs as the finder that’s been added to the new Leica D-Lux 8. We haven’t been able to find an eyepoint figure for the Panasonic but the resolution, magnification and degree of dioptre adjustment all match, strongly suggesting it’s the same unit.

The FZ80D is still built around the same 18MP Type 1/2.3 (6.2 x 4.6 mm) sensor and 3.58-215mm F2.8-5.9 zoom, giving it a 20-1200mm equivalent focal view range. It will be available at a recommended price of $479, up from the $399 of its predecessor.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80D specifications

MSRP $478
Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4896 x 3672
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 80-3200 (expands to 6400)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 6400
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
File format

  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 20–1200 mm
Optical zoom 60×
Maximum aperture F2.8–5.9

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,840,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.74×
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes

  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes

  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child’s Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 14.10 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash Yes
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, 1st Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs)
Metering modes
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD

  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 616 g (1.36 lb / 21.73 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 119 mm (5.12 x 3.7 x 4.69)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None