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Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4

Portability
94
Imaging
40
Features
31
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Key Specs

Panasonic SZ8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 159g - 100 x 60 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2014
Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2012
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Superseded the Panasonic TS3
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS5
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Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Overview

Here is a extended analysis of the Panasonic SZ8 versus Panasonic TS4, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof and both are produced by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the SZ8 (16MP) and TS4 (12MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SZ8 was announced 24 months later than the TS4 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the SZ8 grades against the TS4 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ8 over the Panasonic TS4

 SZ8 TS4 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2012Fresher by 24 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Panasonic SZ8

 TS4 SZ8 

Common features in the Panasonic SZ8 and Panasonic TS4

 SZ8 TS4 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic SZ8 has got physical dimensions of 100mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Panasonic TS4 has measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the SZ8 and the TS4.

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SZ8 and TS4 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizing merely by going over specs. The graphic underneath should give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SZ8 and TS4.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Panasonic SZ8 to offer you greater detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The fresher SZ8 will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic SZ8 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS4 Portrait photography factors
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good megapixels (16MP)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ8 Street photography features
Panasonic TS4 Street photography features
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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (159g)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic SZ8 Sports photography details
Panasonic TS4 Sports photography details
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image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery (310 per charge)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic SZ8
Travel photography with Panasonic TS4
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lighter than competitors in class (159 grams)
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (288mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
bad battery life (200 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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good battery (310 per charge)
environment proof
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ8
Landscape photography with Panasonic TS4
42
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery life (200 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
good battery (310 shots)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic SZ8
Vlogging with Panasonic TS4
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quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
lighter than competitors in class (159 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic jack
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quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic support
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Panasonic SZ8 vs Panasonic TS4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ8 and Panasonic TS4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
Also called - Lumix DMC-FT4
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Announced 2014-01-06 2012-01-31
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-288mm (12.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-6.3 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.20 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159g (0.35 lbs) 197g (0.43 lbs)
Dimensions 100 x 60 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
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
Other
Battery life 200 photographs 310 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $275 $399