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Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 front
 
Pentax Optio W80 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 206g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Launched April 2012
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ30
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS15
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS25
Pentax W80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 56 x 25mm
  • Launched June 2009
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Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Below is a in depth analysis of the Panasonic ZS20 versus Pentax W80, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS20 (14MP) and the W80 (12MP) is very close and they enjoy the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS20 was brought out 2 years later than the W80 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a short summation of how the ZS20 scores against the W80 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS20 over the Pentax W80

 ZS20 W80 
LaunchedApril 2012June 2009More recent by 35 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Panasonic ZS20

 W80 ZS20 
Manually focus More exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic ZS20 and Pentax W80

 ZS20 W80 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS20 provides external measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) and the Pentax W80 has proportions of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the ZS20 and the W80.

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS20 and W80 is 92 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor measurements merely by researching specs. The visual underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS20 and W80.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic ZS20 to provide you with greater detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics much more aggressively. The younger ZS20 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS20 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Portrait photography camera
30
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
27
manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS20 Street photography info
Pentax W80 Street photography info
65
image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
lighter than competition (206g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
54
weather proof
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS20 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Sports photography camera
47
great zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
features tracking focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (260 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
24
weather proof
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS20 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Travel photography camera
68
lighter than competition (206g)
supports touch focus
decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (480mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery life (260 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
64
weather proof
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS20 Landscape photography advice
Pentax W80 Landscape photography advice
42
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
bad battery life (260 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
37
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
weather proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
lack of manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS20
Vlogging with Pentax W80
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rather wide (24mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (206g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have mic support
25
really wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
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Panasonic ZS20 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS20 and Pentax W80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Pentax Optio W80
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-TZ30 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-04-26 2009-06-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-480mm (20.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.40 m 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
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 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 206 gr (0.45 pounds) 156 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 100 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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
Other
Battery life 260 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch price $349 $250