Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80

Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Key Specs

Olympus 550WP
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-114mm (F3.5-5.0) lens
  • 167g - 94 x 62 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Additionally Known as mju 550WP
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
  • Launched February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS70
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Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Olympus 550WP and Panasonic ZS80, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the 550WP (10MP) and ZS80 (20MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The 550WP was manufactured 10 years before the ZS80 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a quick overview of how the 550WP matches up versus the ZS80 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Panasonic ZS80

 550WP ZS80 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Olympus 550WP

 ZS80 550WP 
LaunchedFebruary 2018January 2009Fresher by 110 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Panasonic ZS80

 550WP ZS80 

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you will have to think about its weight and size. The Olympus 550WP has physical measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS80 has specifications of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the 550WP vs the ZS80.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the 550WP and ZS80 is 94 and 86 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to see the gap between sensor sizing just by checking specs. The visual below should give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the 550WP and ZS80.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Panasonic ZS80 to give extra detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older 550WP is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography highlights
20
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
56
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP Street photography info
Panasonic ZS80 Street photography info
62
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
76
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
includes focus by touch
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS80 as a Sports photography camera
31
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
62
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography details
55
environment proofing
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
79
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
good megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography info
31
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5")
manual mode not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
63
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging highlights
25
image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic support
74
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone socket
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Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic ZS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Panasonic ZS80
 Olympus Stylus 550WPPanasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus 550WP Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
Also called as mju 550WP Lumix DC-TZ95
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-01-07 2018-02-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
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
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-114mm (3.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 7cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 5.60 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167g (0.37 pounds) 327g (0.72 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 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
Other
Battery life - 380 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $399 $448