Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80

Fujifilm FinePix S1500 front
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Fujifilm S1500
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-396mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 345g - 103 x 73 x 68mm
  • Released February 2009
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Released February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies FujiFilm and Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the Fujifilm S1500 (10MP) and ZS80 (20MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm S1500 was revealed 10 years prior to the ZS80 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Fujifilm S1500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a brief summary of how the Fujifilm S1500 scores against the ZS80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm S1500 over the Panasonic ZS80

 Fujifilm S1500 ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Fujifilm S1500

 ZS80 Fujifilm S1500 
ReleasedFebruary 2018February 2009More recent by 109 months
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic ZS80

 Fujifilm S1500 ZS80 

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and volume. The Fujifilm S1500 enjoys physical dimensions of 103mm x 73mm x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") along with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS80 has sizing of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

Contrast the Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic ZS80 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are using at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the Fujifilm S1500 vs the ZS80.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm S1500 and ZS80 is 82 and 86 respectively.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualise the difference in sensor measurements only by looking through specs. The graphic below may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm S1500 and ZS80.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic ZS80 to result in extra detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older Fujifilm S1500 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography details
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Street photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography details
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Sports photography info
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography info
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery life (380 per charge)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm S1500
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS80
built-in flash
great zoom (396mm)
missing Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
great battery life (380 shots)
has bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
good MP (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Landscape photography camera
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (380 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging info
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
missing microphone socket
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have external microphone socket
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic ZS80
 Fujifilm FinePix S1500Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Company FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also called - Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-02-17 2018-02-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD 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 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 33-396mm (12.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range 2cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Minimum shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.70 m (Auto ISO) 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction 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
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 345 grams (0.76 lb) 327 grams (0.72 lb)
Physical dimensions 103 x 73 x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life - 380 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Price at release $200 $448