• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 33.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-LS80 advantages over Sony TX30

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony TX30 advantages over Panasonic DMC-LS80

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    130 mm vs 100 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Thinner
    15 mm vs 31 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    4 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
    26 mm vs 33 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Good image and video quality for a compact waterproof camera; Stylish, pocketable design; Improved ruggedness; Speedy performance including 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution.

  • Touchscreen unusable and unviewable while submerged; Slim, slick design makes it unwieldy to hold (and difficult to hang onto!) underwater; Poor battery life.

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
Sony TX30
Samsung S860
  • $458
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Bigger pixels

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
Sony TX30
Samsung S760
  • $458
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Bigger pixels

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
Sony TX30
Nikon L18
  • $458
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony TX200V

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Sony TX200V
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
Sony TX30
Sony TX200V
  • $458
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Sony TX20

Panasonic DMC-LS80
Sony TX20
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
Sony TX30
Sony TX20
  • $458
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
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