Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
63
Imaging
49
Features
67
Overall
56
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Launched September 2018
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the SX70 HS (20MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly comparable and they come with the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX70 HS was brought out 8 months after the ZS80 and they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Canon SX70 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the SX70 HS scores against the ZS80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX70 HS over the Panasonic ZS80

 SX70 HS ZS80 
RevealedSeptember 2018February 2018Newer by 8 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Canon SX70 HS

 ZS80 SX70 HS 
Display resolution1040k922kClearer display (+118k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon SX70 HS and Panasonic ZS80

 SX70 HS ZS80 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Canon SX70 HS offers physical measurements of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") along with a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS80 has sizing of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") and a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the SX70 HS versus the ZS80.

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX70 HS and ZS80 is 63 and 86 respectively.

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Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to envision the difference in sensor dimensions purely by seeing a spec sheet. The pic below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SX70 HS and ZS80.

As you can see, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the identical resolution and you can expect comparable quality of images however you will want to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more recent SX70 HS will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography factors
56
has manual focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
56
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Street photography camera
59
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than average (608g)
76
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
has touch to focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Sports photography camera
57
long zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
62
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
comes with tracking focus
good battery (380 shots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography highlights
65
connects via bluetooth
MP count decent (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
really wide (21mm)
very long zoom (1365mm)
heavier than average (608g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
79
good battery (380 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
has touch to focus
good MP (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Landscape photography camera
59
has manual focus
really wide (21mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
63
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
saves RAW files
good battery (380 CIPA)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging highlights
65
really wide (21mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have mic jack
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than average (608g)
74
quite wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone socket
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Canon SX70 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX70 HS and Panasonic ZS80
 Canon PowerShot SX70 HSPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Otherwise known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2018-09-20 2018-02-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 8 Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 0cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 922k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,330k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 608 grams (1.34 lb) 327 grams (0.72 lb)
Dimensions 127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 325 pictures 380 pictures
Type of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $550 $448