Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Samsung WB850F front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F 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
  • Released February 2018
  • Other Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS70
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

In this write-up, we will be reviewing the Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Panasonic and Samsung. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and WB850F (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was brought out 6 years later than the WB850F and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a thorough comparison, below is a short overview of how the ZS80 scores against the WB850F when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Samsung WB850F

 ZS80 WB850F 
RevealedFebruary 2018January 2012More recent by 75 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k614kSharper screen (+426k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Panasonic ZS80

 WB850F ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Samsung WB850F

 ZS80 WB850F 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS80 offers external measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Samsung WB850F has measurements of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you select at that moment. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the ZS80 and the WB850F.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the ZS80 and WB850F is 86 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph below may give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS80 and WB850F.

Clearly, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Panasonic ZS80 to give you extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The younger ZS80 is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS80
Portrait photography with Samsung WB850F
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
has face detection focusing
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS80
Street photography with Samsung WB850F
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
has focus by touch
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Sports photography advice
Samsung WB850F Sports photography advice
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
features tracking focus
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
long zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography information
Samsung WB850F Travel photography information
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competitors (250g)
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (23mm)
long zoom (483mm)
does not have Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography advice
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
manual focus
fairly wide (23mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung WB850F as a Vlogging camera
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of mic port
fairly wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Samsung WB850F
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Samsung WB850F
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Samsung
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Samsung WB850F
Other name Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2018-02-18 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 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 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 3.50 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, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 gr (0.72 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
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 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $448 $599