Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
65
Imaging
37
Features
62
Overall
47
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Introduced September 2012
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Successor is Leica V-Lux 5
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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
  • Released February 2018
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Leica and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and ZS80 (20MP) but they use the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was brought out 6 years earlier than the ZS80 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the V-Lux 4 scores against the ZS80 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Panasonic ZS80

 V-Lux 4 ZS80 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 ZS80 V-Lux 4 
ReleasedFebruary 2018September 2012Newer by 66 months
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS80

 V-Lux 4 ZS80 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Leica V-Lux 4 provides physical dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") along with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS80 has dimensions 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 ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the V-Lux 4 against the ZS80.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the V-Lux 4 and ZS80 is 65 and 86 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions merely by seeing specifications. The image here will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 4 and ZS80.

Plainly, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You can count on the Panasonic ZS80 to provide more detail having its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged V-Lux 4 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography features
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manual focus
has face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
56
focusing manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Street photography camera
57
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (588g)
76
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch to focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography highlights
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
great battery power (540 shots)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
62
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
features tracking focus
great battery life (380 per charge)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography highlights
55
great battery power (540 CIPA)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
79
great battery life (380 per charge)
has bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
MP count decent (20MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
pretty wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS80
48
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (540 CIPA)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse function
63
focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging factors
63
decently wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than average in class (588g)
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pretty wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone socket
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS80
 Leica V-Lux 4Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Panasonic
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also Known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-09-17 2018-02-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
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 4000 x 3000 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots 2,330 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 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 data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 588g (1.30 lb) 327g (0.72 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 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
Other
Battery life 540 photographs 380 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $899 $448