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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80

Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
 
Pentax Optio W80 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS7
Pentax W80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released June 2009
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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Panasonic ZS8 versus Pentax W80, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS8 (14MP) and the W80 (12MP) is relatively close and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS8 was introduced 2 years after the W80 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the ZS8 scores vs the W80 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Pentax W80

 ZS8 W80 
ReleasedJuly 2011June 2009Newer by 26 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Panasonic ZS8

 W80 ZS8 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS8 and Pentax W80

 ZS8 W80 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS8 comes with outer measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs) and the Pentax W80 has dimensions of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") along with a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached at that time. Here is the front view size comparison of the ZS8 compared to the W80.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS8 and W80 is 92 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions only by looking through specs. The image below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS8 and W80.

All in all, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You should count on the Panasonic ZS8 to render more detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The newer ZS8 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Portrait photography features
Pentax W80 Portrait photography features
30
megapixel count decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
27
has manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Street photography factors
Pentax W80 Street photography factors
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210g)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
54
weather sealing
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS8
Sports photography with Pentax W80
47
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
24
weather sealing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS8
Travel photography with Pentax W80
69
lighter than competition (210g)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
64
weather sealing
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Landscape photography factors
Pentax W80 Landscape photography factors
44
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
37
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
weather sealing
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5")
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS8
Vlogging with Pentax W80
30
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic support
25
quite wide (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic port
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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS8 and Pentax W80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Pentax Optio W80
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ18 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-07-19 2009-06-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by 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 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
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-384mm (16.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1500s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m 3.90 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
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), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 210g (0.46 pounds) 156g (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 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 340 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $275 $250