Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS front
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Canon SX720 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20.3MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-960mm (F3.3-6.9) lens
  • 270g - 110 x 64 x 36mm
  • Revealed February 2016
  • Old Model is Canon SX710 HS
  • Refreshed by Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Other Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Canon SX720 HS versus Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SX720 HS (20.3MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is pretty well matched and they enjoy the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX720 HS was released 24 months earlier than the ZS80 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a thorough comparison, below is a short view of how the SX720 HS matches up versus the ZS80 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX720 HS over the Panasonic ZS80

 SX720 HS ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Canon SX720 HS

 ZS80 SX720 HS 
ReleasedFebruary 2018February 2016More recent by 24 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k922kClearer screen (+118k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon SX720 HS and Panasonic ZS80

 SX720 HS ZS80 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera regularly, you should factor its weight and volume. The Canon SX720 HS has got physical dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 270 grams (0.60 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS80 has sizing of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the SX720 HS versus the ZS80.

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX720 HS and ZS80 is 89 and 86 respectively.

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to visualise the difference between sensor measurements purely by checking specifications. The visual below should provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX720 HS and ZS80.

To sum up, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Canon SX720 HS to give greater detail as a result of its extra 0.3MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older SX720 HS is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX720 HS
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS80
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20.3MP)
supports face detection focusing
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX720 HS Street photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography information
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (270 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX720 HS Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography advice
amazing zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20.3 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps low (5.9 fps)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery power (250 shots)
no phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
great battery pack (380 per charge)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX720 HS Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography factors
lighter than average (270 grams)
decent sensor resolution (20.3 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (960mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
bad battery power (250 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
features touch focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX720 HS
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS80
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20.3MP)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery power (250 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX720 HS Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging advice
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (270 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone support
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
missing microphone support
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Canon SX720 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX720 HS and Panasonic ZS80
 Canon PowerShot SX720 HSPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Company Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also Known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2016-02-18 2018-02-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 6 Venus Engine
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20.3 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-960mm (40.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 922k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Min shutter speed 15s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/3200s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.9 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, on, off, slow synchro 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 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 270 grams (0.60 lbs) 327 grams (0.72 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life 250 pictures 380 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-13L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Cost at release $379 $448