Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
68
Imaging
43
Features
50
Overall
45
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Nikon B500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-900mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 541g - 114 x 78 x 95mm
  • Announced February 2016
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
  • Introduced February 2018
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS70
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Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Nikon B500 versus Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly close and they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The B500 was manufactured 24 months before the ZS80 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a short view of how the B500 scores vs the ZS80 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Panasonic ZS80

 B500 ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Nikon B500

 ZS80 B500 
IntroducedFebruary 2018February 2016Newer by 24 months
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Panasonic ZS80

 B500 ZS80 
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon B500 offers external dimensions of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS80 has dimensions of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") having a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

Compare the Nikon B500 versus Panasonic ZS80 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at the time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the B500 and the ZS80.

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the B500 and ZS80 is 68 and 86 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to envision the gap in sensor dimensions purely by researching specs. The image underneath should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the B500 and ZS80.

All in all, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to provide you with greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged B500 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography details
39
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
56
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography features
52
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than competition (541 grams)
76
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
includes focus via touch
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography features
52
great zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery (600 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
62
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography features
59
better than average battery (600 shots)
connects via bluetooth
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
long reach (900mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (541 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
79
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
has bluetooth
includes focus via touch
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography factors
46
pretty wide (23mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
better than average battery (600 per charge)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
63
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging info
27
pretty wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic support
heavier than competition (541g)
74
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
missing external mic support
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Nikon B500 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Panasonic ZS80
 Nikon Coolpix B500Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix B500 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Otherwise known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2016-02-23 2018-02-18
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-900mm (39.1x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 1 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes - 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
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 541 gr (1.19 pounds) 327 gr (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 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 600 photographs 380 photographs
Style of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $300 $448