Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
67
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Previous Model is Nikon L830
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS70
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Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Here, we are contrasting the Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by companies Nikon and Panasonic. The resolution of the L840 (16MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The L840 was manufactured 4 years before the ZS80 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a complete comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the L840 matches up versus the ZS80 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Panasonic ZS80

 L840 ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Nikon L840

 ZS80 L840 
ReleasedFebruary 2018February 2015Newer by 36 months
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display resolution1040k921kCrisper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Panasonic ZS80

 L840 ZS80 
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Nikon L840 features outer measurements of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") and a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS80 has specifications 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use during that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the L840 vs the ZS80.

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L840 and ZS80 is 67 and 86 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic below will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the L840 and ZS80.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to deliver greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged L840 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L840 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography factors
36
decent megapixels (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
56
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW files
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon L840 Street photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography factors
52
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than competition (538 grams)
76
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
boasts touch focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography advice
52
long zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking focus
great battery pack (590 CIPA)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
62
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery pack (380 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 Travel photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography information
57
great battery pack (590 shots)
decent megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great zoom (855mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (538 grams)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
79
good battery pack (380 per charge)
has bluetooth
boasts touch focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
pretty wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Landscape photography camera
44
pretty wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
great battery pack (590 shots)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
63
you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging advice
27
pretty wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition (538 grams)
74
pretty wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no external mic jack
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Nikon L840 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Panasonic ZS80
 Nikon Coolpix L840Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L840 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also Known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2015-02-10 2018-02-18
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type 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
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-855mm (37.2x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Max silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.4fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 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 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (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 file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 538g (1.19 lb) 327g (0.72 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 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 590 photographs 380 photographs
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SC/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $400 $448