Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is equipped with a 21.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor, while Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 comes with a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and SuperZoom. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Key Features:
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||4.8% more pixels|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3200 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Weight||299 g vs 327 g||28 g lighter|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Flash Range||5.6 vs 5||0.6 better flash range|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 922k dots||11.3% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||380 shots vs 265 shots||115 more frames with a single charge|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.53 vs No||0.53 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 28g less than the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS features a 21.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and Venus Engine processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 by the size of their sensors.
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot SX740 HS||Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot SX740 HS or Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot SX740 HS||Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80|
|Model||PowerShot SX740 HS||Lumix DC-ZS80|
|Announced||Jul 31, 2018||Feb 18, 2018|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||6,400|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,330k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3200 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC||3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||299 g||327 g|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 64 x 40 mm||112 x 69 x 42 mm|
|Battery Life||265 shots||380 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)|