Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Old Model is Canon SX50 HS
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by companies Canon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SX60 HS (16MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras have the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SX60 HS was brought out 4 years prior to the ZS80 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Canon SX60 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the SX60 HS scores vs the ZS80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Panasonic ZS80

 SX60 HS ZS80 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Canon SX60 HS

 ZS80 SX60 HS 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018September 2014More recent by 41 months
Screen resolution1040k922kCrisper screen (+118k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon SX60 HS and Panasonic ZS80

 SX60 HS ZS80 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and size. The Canon SX60 HS features external dimensions of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") having a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS80 has specifications of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") having a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

See the Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose at that moment. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the SX60 HS compared to the ZS80.

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the SX60 HS and ZS80 is 61 and 86 respectively.

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to see the contrast between sensor measurements just by checking specs. The photograph here should provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX60 HS and ZS80.

As you can plainly see, both cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Panasonic ZS80 to give extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures way more aggressively. The older SX60 HS is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography features
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
small sensor (1/2.3")
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has face detect focus
delivers RAW files
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Street photography info
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography info
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors (650g)
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
provides touch focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography details
long zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
has tracking focus
good battery life (380 CIPA)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography details
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (21mm)
very long reach (1365mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (650 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
good battery life (380 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
provides touch focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX60 HS
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS80
has manual focus
rather wide (21mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
small sensor (1/2.3")
missing Time Lapse mode
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (380 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX60 HS
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS80
rather wide (21mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic support
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than competitors (650g)
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of mic jack
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Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX60 HS and Panasonic ZS80
 Canon PowerShot SX60 HSPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Name Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also Known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2014-09-16 2018-02-18
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 6 Venus Engine
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3072 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 0cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 922 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 922 thousand dot 2,330 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.4 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.50 m 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650 grams (1.43 pounds) 327 grams (0.72 pounds)
Physical dimensions 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 127 not tested
Battery life 340 images 380 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $549 $448