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Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
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Imaging
38
Features
31
Overall
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Olympus SP-610UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
70
Overall
56

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Olympus SP-610UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-616mm (F3.3-5.7) lens
  • 405g - 107 x 73 x 73mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus SP-600 UZ
  • New Model is Olympus SP-620 UZ
Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS70
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Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Olympus SP-610UZ and Panasonic ZS80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the SP-610UZ (14MP) and ZS80 (20MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SP-610UZ was released 8 years prior to the ZS80 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short view of how the SP-610UZ matches up versus the ZS80 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-610UZ over the Panasonic ZS80

 SP-610UZ ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Olympus SP-610UZ

 ZS80 SP-610UZ 
IntroducedFebruary 2018January 2011More modern by 86 months
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-610UZ and Panasonic ZS80

 SP-610UZ ZS80 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus SP-610UZ provides outer measurements of 107mm x 73mm x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9") with a weight of 405 grams (0.89 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS80 has specifications of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus SP-610UZ and Panasonic ZS80 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the SP-610UZ versus the ZS80.

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SP-610UZ and ZS80 is 79 and 86 respectively.

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizes merely by checking specs. The picture below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the SP-610UZ and ZS80.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic ZS80 to give you extra detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures more aggressively. The more aged SP-610UZ is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography information
29
decent MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
55
you can focus manually
decent MP (20MP)
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ Street photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography details
50
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
76
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
boasts touch focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-610UZ
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS80
40
long zoom range (28-616mm 22.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
61
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography details
62
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great reach (616mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
79
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
supports bluetooth
boasts touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Landscape photography camera
41
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
62
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-610UZ as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Vlogging camera
26
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
74
reasonably wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Olympus SP-610UZ vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-610UZ and Panasonic ZS80
 Olympus SP-610UZPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus SP-610UZ Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Alternative name - Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-01-06 2018-02-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD 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 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-616mm (22.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.7 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Max silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.30 m 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in 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
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 405 grams (0.89 pounds) 327 grams (0.72 pounds)
Physical dimensions 107 x 73 x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9") 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 340 photos 380 photos
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $299 $448