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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
70
Overall
56

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Revealed August 2012
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand 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
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Nikon and Panasonic. The resolution of the L610 (16MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly close and both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The L610 was manufactured 6 years prior to the ZS80 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief summation of how the L610 scores vs the ZS80 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Panasonic ZS80

 L610 ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Nikon L610

 ZS80 L610 
ReleasedFebruary 2018August 2012Fresher by 67 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS80

 L610 ZS80 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon L610 has outer dimensions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") and a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS80 has measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

Compare the Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is a front view size comparison of the L610 and the ZS80.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the L610 and ZS80 is 90 and 86 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing simply by viewing technical specs. The graphic underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L610 and ZS80.

As you have seen, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to render more detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos more aggressively. The older L610 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography factors
30
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
54
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Street photography camera
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (240g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
75
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 L610 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Sports photography camera
45
long zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (120 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
61
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery power (380 shots)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 Travel photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography information
66
lighter than others (240g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (350mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (120 shots)
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
79
great battery power (380 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
includes focus via touch
resolution is good (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L610
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS80
41
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
bad battery pack (120 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode
62
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
exports RAW files
great 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 L610 Vlogging details
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging details
33
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (240g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic port
73
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have external microphone support
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZS80
 Nikon Coolpix L610Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Make Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L610 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also called as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-08-09 2018-02-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-350mm (14.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings - 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
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 240 gr (0.53 lbs) 327 gr (0.72 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 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 120 photographs 380 photographs
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $150 $448