Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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
  • Announced February 2018
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Released July 2011
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS7
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS8, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are offered by Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and ZS8 (14MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was brought out 6 years later than the ZS8 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick view of how the ZS80 scores vs the ZS8 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Panasonic ZS8

 ZS80 ZS8 
ReleasedFebruary 2018July 2011Fresher by 81 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Panasonic ZS80

 ZS8 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS8

 ZS80 ZS8 
Screen size3"3"Same screen size

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS80 has got outside measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS8 has dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the ZS80 compared to the ZS8.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS80 and ZS8 is 86 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to picture the difference between sensor sizing simply by going over a spec sheet. The visual below should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS80 and ZS8.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can count on the Panasonic ZS80 to deliver extra detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The younger ZS80 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZS8 Portrait photography information
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
has face detect focusing
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS8 Street photography highlights
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
has touch focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (210 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS8 Sports photography factors
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has tracking focus
better than average battery (380 shots)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS8 Travel photography details
better than average battery (380 per charge)
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
MP count good (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition in class (210g)
MP count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS8 Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (380 shots)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS8 Vlogging highlights
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
missing microphone support
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (210 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone port
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Panasonic ZS8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Panasonic ZS8
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Alternate name Lumix DC-TZ95 Lumix DMC-TZ18
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2018-02-18 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
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 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Minimum shutter speed 4s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 5.00 m
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, Slow Syncro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data 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 lb) 210g (0.46 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" 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 shots 340 shots
Type of battery 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
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $448 $275