Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 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
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 214g - 103 x 60 x 32mm
  • Launched June 2010
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ8
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS5, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are built by Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and ZS5 (12MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was announced 7 years after the ZS5 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the ZS80 scores against the ZS5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic ZS5

 ZS80 ZS5 
LaunchedFebruary 2018June 2010More modern by 94 months
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS5 over the Panasonic ZS80

 ZS5 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS5

 ZS80 ZS5 

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS80 has got outside dimensions of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS5 has sizing of 103mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS5 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the ZS80 vs the ZS5.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS80 and ZS5 is 86 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizes purely by going through specs. The picture here should give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS80 and ZS5.

All in all, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to produce greater detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images more aggressively. The fresher ZS80 provides a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS5 Portrait photography advice
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS80
Street photography with Panasonic ZS5
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (214 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS5 Sports photography details
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS5 as a Travel photography camera
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
features touch focus
good resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition (214 grams)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS5 Landscape photography information
focusing manually
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging details
Panasonic ZS5 Vlogging details
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
missing mic jack
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (214g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic jack
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS5
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95 Lumix DMC-TZ8
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2018-02-18 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1300 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 5.30 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, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 (30fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 327 grams (0.72 lbs) 214 grams (0.47 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 103 x 60 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Battery life 380 photos -
Battery format 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 1 1
Retail pricing $448 $300