Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
88
Imaging
50
Features
63
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Canon SX740 HS
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-960mm (F3.3-6.9) lens
  • 299g - 110 x 64 x 40mm
  • Introduced July 2018
  • Superseded the Canon SX730 HS
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS70
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Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Following is a extensive assessment of the Canon SX740 HS and Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Canon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SX740 HS (21MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SX740 HS was manufactured 6 months after the ZS80 and they are of a similar generation. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a short overview of how the SX740 HS grades vs the ZS80 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX740 HS over the Panasonic ZS80

 SX740 HS ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Canon SX740 HS

 ZS80 SX740 HS 
Display resolution1040k922kCrisper display (+118k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon SX740 HS and Panasonic ZS80

 SX740 HS ZS80 
LaunchedJuly 2018February 2018Same generation
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and proportions. The Canon SX740 HS provides physical measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6") along with a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS80 has measurements 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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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the SX740 HS vs the ZS80.

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX740 HS and ZS80 is 88 and 86 respectively.

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to picture the gap in sensor sizes merely by going through specs. The picture underneath will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the SX740 HS and ZS80.

All in all, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should anticipate the Canon SX740 HS to provide more detail due to its extra 1MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop images a good deal more aggressively.

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX740 HS as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Portrait photography camera
50
manual focus
decent megapixels (21MP)
includes face detect focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
56
has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Street photography advice
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography advice
70
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
76
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
offers focus by touch
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography highlights
53
incredible zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (21MP)
includes tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (265 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
62
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
offers tracking focus
good battery power (380 shots)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography info
76
lighter than competition in class (299 grams)
supports bluetooth
decent megapixels (21MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
great zoom (960mm)
bad battery pack (265 CIPA)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
79
good battery power (380 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
offers focus by touch
resolution is good (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography highlights
53
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (21MP)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery pack (265 per charge)
63
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
exports RAW files
good battery power (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging info
75
reasonably wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (299g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have microphone support
74
decently wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone port
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Canon SX740 HS vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX740 HS and Panasonic ZS80
 Canon PowerShot SX740 HSPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Otherwise known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2018-07-31 2018-02-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 21 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
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-960mm (40.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 922k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings 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
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, 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 file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 299 grams (0.66 lbs) 327 grams (0.72 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6") 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 265 shots 380 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom self-timer) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots 1 1
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