• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3.1 inch 16.5mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-LS80 advantages over Nikon S33

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.5 inch vs 1/3.1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.13 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Lighter weight
    129g vs 180g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S33 advantages over Panasonic DMC-LS80

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    13.2 vs 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Wider angle lens
    30 mm vs 33 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung S860

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Samsung S860
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
Nikon S33
Samsung S860
  • $130
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Samsung S760

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Samsung S760
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer exposure
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
Nikon S33
Samsung S760
  • $130
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Nikon L18

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Nikon L18
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer exposure
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
Nikon S33
Nikon L18
  • $130
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Nikon S32

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Nikon S32
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $128
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon S33
Nikon S32
  • $130
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Newer
  • $128
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon W100

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Nikon W100
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • NFC
Nikon S33
Nikon W100
  • $130
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • NFC
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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