Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Announced February 2018
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic FH8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Overview

Here is a detailed review of the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic FH8, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both designed by Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and FH8 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was announced 6 years later than the FH8 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a in depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the ZS80 scores vs the FH8 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic FH8

 ZS80 FH8 
RevealedFebruary 2018January 2012Fresher by 75 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH8 over the Panasonic ZS80

 FH8 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic FH8

 ZS80 FH8 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS80 offers external measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Panasonic FH8 has measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 123 grams (0.27 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic FH8 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the ZS80 compared to the FH8.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS80 and FH8 is 86 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizing simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The graphic underneath may provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS80 and FH8.

Clearly, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to deliver more detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images far more aggressively. The younger ZS80 provides a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS80
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH8
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
good megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect focus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography factors
Panasonic FH8 Street photography factors
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
offers focus by touch
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (123g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography factors
Panasonic FH8 Sports photography factors
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FH8 Travel photography advice
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
offers focus by touch
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition in class (123g)
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FH8 Landscape photography details
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging advice
Panasonic FH8 Vlogging advice
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have mic socket
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
lighter than competition in class (123 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone port
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic FH8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic FH8
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Alternate name Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2018-02-18 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.5-6.4
Macro focus distance 3cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 327g (0.72 pounds) 123g (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life 380 photos 260 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $448 $149