Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80

Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 997g - 144 x 147 x 75mm
  • Released January 2019
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
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Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-M1X (20MP) and the ZS80 (20MP) is fairly close but the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and ZS80 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-M1X was brought out 12 months later than the ZS80 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M1X being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the E-M1X matches up vs the ZS80 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Panasonic ZS80

 E-M1X ZS80 
RevealedJanuary 2019February 2018More recent by 12 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Olympus E-M1X

 ZS80 E-M1X 
Display resolution1040k1037kCrisper display (+3k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Panasonic ZS80

 E-M1X ZS80 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera often, you have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M1X comes with outside dimensions of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 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).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached at that time. Below is the front view size comparison of the E-M1X against the ZS80.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M1X and ZS80 is 54 and 86 respectively.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements only by researching technical specs. The photograph underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M1X and ZS80.

As you can tell, both of those cameras posses the exact same megapixel count but not the same sensor measurements. The E-M1X offers the larger sensor which will make obtaining shallow DOF easier. The newer E-M1X will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography features
manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW formats
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
features face detect focus
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Street photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography features
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
has focus by touch
environment sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than average (997 grams)
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography details
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/32,000s)
fast shooting (60.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (870 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
features tracking focus
better than average battery (380 per charge)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography features
better than average battery pack (870 CIPA)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
more heavy than average (997g)
better than average battery (380 CIPA)
has bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
really wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography features
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (870 per charge)
has dual storage slots
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (380 shots)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Vlogging features
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging features
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
high res video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone jack
more heavy than average (997g)
really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
missing microphone support
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Olympus E-M1X vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Panasonic ZS80
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1X Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also Known as - Lumix DC-TZ95
Type Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2019-01-24 2018-02-18
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Dual TruePic VIII Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5184 x 3888 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO 64 -
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 121 -
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,037k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,330k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.53x
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/32000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual 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
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 997 grams (2.20 lbs) 327 grams (0.72 lbs)
Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 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 870 shots 380 shots
Form of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type - SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots 2 1
Launch price $2,999 $448