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Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80

Portability
91
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 front
 
Pentax Optio P80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
23
Overall
30

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Launched May 2009
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ7
Pentax P80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F2.6-5.8) lens
  • 125g - 102 x 59 x 25mm
  • Introduced August 2009
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS3 (10MP) and the P80 (12MP) is very well matched and they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS3 was introduced 2 months prior to the P80 and they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick view of how the ZS3 grades vs the P80 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS3 over the Pentax P80

 ZS3 P80 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax P80 over the Panasonic ZS3

 P80 ZS3 
Manually focus Very accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS3 and Pentax P80

 ZS3 P80 
IntroducedMay 2009August 2009Similar generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS3 has physical measurements of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Pentax P80 has proportions of 102mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0") and a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the ZS3 and the P80.

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS3 and P80 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to envision the contrast between sensor measurements only by checking a spec sheet. The visual underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS3 and P80.

Clearly, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Pentax P80 to resolve greater detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images much more aggressively.

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS3 Portrait photography information
Pentax P80 Portrait photography information
19
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
27
you can focus manually
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS3 Street photography features
Pentax P80 Street photography features
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (229 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
55
lighter than competition (125g)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS3 Sports photography details
Pentax P80 Sports photography details
24
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
17
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000s)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS3 Travel photography advice
Pentax P80 Travel photography advice
63
lighter than competition (229g)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
long zoom (300mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
62
lighter than competition (125 grams)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS3 Landscape photography advice
Pentax P80 Landscape photography advice
35
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
32
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS3
Vlogging with Pentax P80
30
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (229g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone socket
28
decently wide (28mm)
lighter than competition (125 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic support
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Panasonic ZS3 vs Pentax P80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS3 and Pentax P80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3Pentax Optio P80
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Pentax Optio P80
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ7 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-05-14 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 28-110mm (3.9x)
Max aperture f/3.3-4.9 f/2.6-5.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.30 m (Auto ISO) 4.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD Lite Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 229 gr (0.50 pounds) 125 gr (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") 102 x 59 x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" 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
Other
Battery model - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $200 $200