Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80

Nikon Coolpix P950 front
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Nikon P950
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-2000mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 1005g - 140 x 110 x 150mm
  • Released January 2020
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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
  • Announced February 2018
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Here is a extended overview of the Nikon P950 versus Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. The resolution of the P950 (16MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras have the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The P950 was introduced 23 months later than the ZS80 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras have different body design with the Nikon P950 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before we go right into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief summary of how the P950 matches up vs the ZS80 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P950 over the Panasonic ZS80

 P950 ZS80 
AnnouncedJanuary 2020February 2018Fresher by 23 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Nikon P950

 ZS80 P950 
Screen resolution1040k921kCrisper screen (+119k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon P950 and Panasonic ZS80

 P950 ZS80 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon P950 features physical dimensions of 140mm x 110mm x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9") and a weight of 1005 grams (2.22 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS80 has proportions 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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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with during that time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the P950 vs the ZS80.

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the P950 and ZS80 is 52 and 86 respectively.

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizing simply by looking at technical specs. The graphic here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the P950 and ZS80.

As you can tell, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic ZS80 to give greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The younger P950 will have an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P950 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography factors
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
you can focus manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
has face detect focus
exports RAW formats
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon P950 Street photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography information
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than others (1,005 grams)
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
offers touch focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P950 Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography details
great zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
has tracking focus
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P950 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Travel photography camera
has bluetooth
megapixel count good (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (24mm)
long reach (2000mm)
more heavy than others (1,005 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
has bluetooth
offers touch focus
good resolution (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P950 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography information
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P950 Vlogging features
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging features
fairly wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external microphone support
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than others (1,005g)
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
missing microphone jack
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Nikon P950 vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P950 and Panasonic ZS80
 Nikon Coolpix P950Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix P950 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also called as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2020-01-07 2018-02-18
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-2000mm (83.3x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Range of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3.2" 3"
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot 2,330 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 90% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Lowest shutter speed 300 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 11.50 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
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery & USB charger USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1005 gr (2.22 lbs) 327 gr (0.72 lbs)
Physical dimensions 140 x 110 x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9") 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 290 photos 380 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $797 $448