Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
70
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
20
Overall
28

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand 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
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS70
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

Following is a in-depth review of the Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax WS80, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Waterproof by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There is a crucial difference between the resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and WS80 (10MP) but they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was revealed 8 years after the WS80 which is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the ZS80 matches up versus the WS80 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Pentax WS80

 ZS80 WS80 
LaunchedFebruary 2018August 2009More modern by 104 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kCrisper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Panasonic ZS80

 WS80 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax WS80

 ZS80 WS80 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS80 comes with outer dimensions 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 Pentax WS80 has specifications of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the ZS80 against the WS80.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS80 and WS80 is 86 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to envision the gap between sensor sizes only by going over a spec sheet. The image underneath should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS80 and WS80.

Clearly, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS80 to offer you more detail because of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more recent ZS80 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Portrait photography camera
56
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
27
focusing manually
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Street photography info
Pentax WS80 Street photography info
76
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
features touch to focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
59
environment sealing
lighter than others (125g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Sports photography camera
62
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
comes with tracking focus
good battery life (380 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
24
environment sealing
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography info
Pentax WS80 Travel photography info
79
good battery life (380 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
features touch to focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
61
lighter than others (125g)
environment sealing
has built in flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography factors
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography factors
63
manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (380 per charge)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
32
focusing manually
environment sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging information
Pentax WS80 Vlogging information
74
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone jack
25
lighter than others (125g)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic socket
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax WS80
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Pentax Optio WS80
Also called Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2018-02-18 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine Prime
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 3.40 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, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 327g (0.72 lbs) 125g (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photos -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $448 $220