Panasonic DMC LS80 Review

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Panasonic DMC LS80 Ease of Use 9
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 7
Style 8
Lowlight 7
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
8 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
62 x 93 x 29.7mm
138g

Overview

The Panasonic DMC LS80 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a standard 3x optical zoom lens. This is an easy to use, point and shoot camera.

Why Buy The Panasonic DMC LS80

The DMC LS80 offers good value for money. It is one of the easier to use cameras. This is also one of the few cameras available in this price range to offer image stabilisation and a widescreen video setting. All in all, this is a straightforward camera and will appeal to someone looking for a "no fuss" digital camera.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

8
3x
2.5 inches
62 x 93 x 29.7mm
138g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

5cm
No
No
AA
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): This is a fairly solid start. Focusing is roughly average for this type of point and shoot camera and the colours are well balanced. There is some loss of detail on the boats where the lens is not quite able to cope with sun glare.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): As in the first picture the DMC LS80 sits in the middle rank when it comes to the sharpness of the photo. Colours are strong here. One improvement I can think of is that the picture is on the dark side and a bit of extra light would have set the scene off better.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): This photo is similar to the first two. This Panasonic digital camera handles the scene well.

Outdoor 4 (Building): With the emphasis on focusing this test confirms that the DMC LS80 is in the middle rank when it comes to sharpness. If you are on the lookout for another entry level point and shoot camera that is able to produce sharper images then try taking a look at the Canon Powershot A580.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: I like the colours the camera has produced in this photo. It has a warm feel to it. Sharpness levels are better in this photo.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: This is another decent photo, but despite using the flash the shot is darker than I would like it to be.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: In my opinion this is the best result out of the three portrait shots. I especially like the skin tones and the photo has a natural feel to it.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro: The DMC LS80 gets most factors right. The shot is sharp and clear. Once again I find myself wishing it was just that bit brighter. It is still a good effort from a less expensive camera.

Colours: Colours are strong and consistent throughout my tests. As with other Panasonic digital cameras I have tested, colours are stronger than most brands produce.

ISO 400 and ISO 1600: At ISO 400 you can still produce an acceptable photo. Noise does creep in, but the DMC LS80 holds up well when compared to other cameras in this price bracket. Once you push the ISO rating up to 1600 the quality inevitably falls away sharply.

Summary

Overall I am quite happy with the results produced by this Panasonic digital camera. It handles most snapshot situations well, although I would like to have seen a bit of extra brightness in one or two of the photos.

See sample images link arrow

Style

This is a fairly typical entry level camera when it comes to both looks and build quality. It is available in silver, black and pink.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.49 seconds
16.17 seconds
0.55 seconds
22.46 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy You should not find it a problem getting to know this camera. The menus are simple and it is just a case of running through them until you find the option you are looking for.

Points I Like

Ease of use - wide screen movies

Where it Could Improve

Shutter delay could be that little bit faster

Verdict

The Panasonic DMC LS80 is a standard entry level digital camera. When it comes to overall picture quality it is above average when compared to its nearest rivals. Even so there are cameras that I feel offer better picture quality as mentioned above.

Product Shots

Front View

Panasonic DMC LS80 Front View

Back View

Panasonic DMC LS80 Back View

Top View

Panasonic DMC LS80 Top View

Sample Menus

menu 1 menu 2

setup menu 3

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Review Date

May 2008

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