Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push 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 referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS40
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 240g - 111 x 64 x 34mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ60
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS35
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS45
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both designed by Panasonic. The resolution of the ZS80 (20MP) and the ZS40 (18MP) is fairly close and they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was revealed 4 years later than the ZS40 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the ZS80 scores vs the ZS40 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic ZS40

 ZS80 ZS40 
RevealedFebruary 2018January 2014Fresher by 51 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS40 over the Panasonic ZS80

 ZS40 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS40

 ZS80 ZS40 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera regularly, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS80 has got external measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS40 has dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the ZS80 compared to the ZS40.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS80 and ZS40 is 86 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizing just by viewing specifications. The photograph underneath will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS80 and ZS40.

To sum up, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to result in extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The more recent ZS80 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS40 Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
decent MP (20 megapixels)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
you can focus manually
good megapixels (18MP)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography information
Panasonic ZS40 Street photography information
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
offers focus by touch
very small sensor (1/2.3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (240 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS40 Sports photography highlights
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
comes with tracking focus
good battery pack (380 per charge)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
includes tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography advice
Panasonic ZS40 Travel photography advice
good battery pack (380 shots)
has bluetooth
offers focus by touch
decent MP (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
good megapixels (18MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
no Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS40 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (380 per charge)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS80
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS40
really wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone support
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (240g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no external mic support
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS40 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS40
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40
Alternate name Lumix DC-TZ95 Lumix DMC-TZ60
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2018-02-18 2014-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Manual focus
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 mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dots 200 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 327 grams (0.72 pounds) 240 grams (0.53 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 111 x 64 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.3")
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 images 300 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $448 $450