Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3

Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
30
Overall
32

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Key Specs

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
  • Launched February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Announced May 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ7
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Overview

In this article, we will be contrasting the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS3, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are produced by Panasonic. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and ZS3 (10MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was revealed 8 years after the ZS3 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the ZS80 scores vs the ZS3 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic ZS3

 ZS80 ZS3 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018May 2009Newer by 107 months
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS3 over the Panasonic ZS80

 ZS3 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS3

 ZS80 ZS3 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera often, you will need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS80 features outer measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") having a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS3 has dimensions of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the ZS80 and the ZS3.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS80 and ZS3 is 86 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to see the gap in sensor dimensions merely by seeing specs. The image underneath will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS80 and ZS3.

All in all, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Panasonic ZS80 to produce more detail because of its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more modern ZS80 will have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS3 as a Portrait photography camera
56
focusing manually
good resolution (20MP)
supports face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
20
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography advice
Panasonic ZS3 Street photography advice
76
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (229g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography features
Panasonic ZS3 Sports photography features
62
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery power (380 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS80
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS3
79
good battery power (380 shots)
supports bluetooth
supports focus via touch
good resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
63
lighter than competitors in class (229 grams)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
great reach (300mm)
missing Timelapse mode
resolution not great (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS3 as a Landscape photography camera
63
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (380 per charge)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
36
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging features
Panasonic ZS3 Vlogging features
74
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
missing external microphone jack
30
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (229 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone jack
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS3
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95 Lumix DMC-TZ7
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2018-02-18 2009-05-14
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip 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 20MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 5.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options 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, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
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), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 327g (0.72 pounds) 229g (0.50 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $448 $200