As well as being compared against other compacts, the Pentax Optio P80 is also often compared to ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and travel zooms. The Pentax Optio P80's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix S3100 and the Coolpix S630) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FX10)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax P80 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.5), has a much wider wide angle lens (27 mm vs 35 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and is newer (august 2009 vs january 2007).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and significantly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX10 (vs the P80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX10 (vs the P80)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 27 mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,250 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Lower true resolution: 5.9 MP vs 9.8 MP

common strengths of the DMC-FX10 and P80

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1"

Nikon Coolpix S630

Nikon Coolpix S630
6 months older

Significant advantages of the S630 (vs the P80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S630 (vs the P80)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 27 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.6

common strengths of the S630 and P80

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (58×97×26 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Thin: 1" vs 1"

Pentax Optio M90

Pentax Optio M90
8 months newer

Significant advantages of the M90 (vs the P80)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the M90 (vs the P80)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.6
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the M90 and P80

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×59×23 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1"

Nikon Coolpix L20

Nikon Coolpix L20
6 months older
$149

Significant advantages of the L20 (vs the P80)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L20 (vs the P80)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 27 mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the L20 and P80

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 135 g vs 125 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax P80 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.2) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (27 mm vs 26 mm), is slightly larger (compact (102×59×25 mm) vs ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), is older (august 2009 vs february 2011) and is thicker (1" vs 0.7").

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
1 year newer
$179

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the P80)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the P80)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3100 and P80

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax P80 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (102×59×25 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 3") and is much lighter (125 g vs 556 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
2 years older
$1,565 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the P80)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the P80)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and P80

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1"

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the P80)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the P80)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1"
  • Much heavier: 505 g vs 125 g

common strengths of the D3200 and P80

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax P80 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.5), is slightly smaller (compact (102×59×25 mm) vs professional size (116×84×103 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 4.1") and is slightly lighter (125 g vs 481 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (27 mm vs 23 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
1 year newer
$588

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the P80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 27 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the P80)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.6
  • Larger: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1"

common strengths of the P500 and P80

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 125 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax P80 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (27 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.2), is slightly smaller (compact (102×59×25 mm) vs compact (97×61×33 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 1.3") and is slightly lighter (125 g vs 178 g).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), is older (august 2009 vs september 2010) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Pentax Optio RZ10

Pentax Optio RZ10
1 year newer
$262

Significant advantages of the RZ10 (vs the P80)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the RZ10 (vs the P80)

  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1"

common strengths of the RZ10 and P80

  • Fairly small: Compact (97×61×33 mm) vs Compact (102×59×25 mm)
  • Very light: 178 g vs 125 g
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1"