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Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20

Portability
85
Imaging
34
Features
51
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix P7000 front
 
Pentax Optio VS20 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Key Specs

Nikon P7000
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 310g - 114 x 77 x 45mm
  • Launched November 2010
  • Successor is Nikon P7100
Pentax VS20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-560mm (F3.1-4.8) lens
  • 235g - 111 x 61 x 38mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Overview

The following is a thorough comparison of the Nikon P7000 versus Pentax VS20, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Nikon and Pentax. There exists a considerable gap between the image resolutions of the P7000 (10MP) and VS20 (16MP) and the P7000 (1/1.7") and VS20 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The P7000 was brought out 14 months prior to the VS20 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the P7000 matches up against the VS20 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P7000 over the Pentax VS20

 P7000 VS20 
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax VS20 over the Nikon P7000

 VS20 P7000 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012November 2010Newer by 14 months

Common features in the Nikon P7000 and Pentax VS20

 P7000 VS20 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon P7000 has outside dimensions of 114mm x 77mm x 45mm (4.5" x 3.0" x 1.8") having a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) while the Pentax VS20 has sizing of 111mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the P7000 versus the VS20.

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the P7000 and VS20 is 85 and 90 respectively.

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions just by checking specifications. The pic here will give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the P7000 and VS20.

To sum up, each of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The P7000 due to its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Pentax VS20 will resolve greater detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more aged P7000 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 sensor size comparison

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P7000 Portrait photography advice
Pentax VS20 Portrait photography advice
44
has manual focus
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
36
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon P7000 Street photography advice
Pentax VS20 Street photography advice
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than average (310g)
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (235g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon P7000
Sports photography with Pentax VS20
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
great battery power (350 CIPA)
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
44
excellent zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P7000 Travel photography info
Pentax VS20 Travel photography info
57
great battery power (350 per charge)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
heavier than average (310g)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than others in class (235g)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
long zoom (560mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P7000 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax VS20 Landscape photography highlights
52
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
great battery power (350 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
47
manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P7000 Vlogging details
Pentax VS20 Vlogging details
30
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
has mic support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
heavier than average (310g)
30
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (235g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone jack
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Nikon P7000 vs Pentax VS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P7000 and Pentax VS20
 Nikon Coolpix P7000Pentax Optio VS20
General Information
Brand Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon Coolpix P7000 Pentax Optio VS20
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-11-23 2012-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 99 3
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-200mm (7.1x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.1-4.8
Macro focus distance 2cm 3cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT LCD monitor with anti- reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.50 m 2.80 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 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 format MPEG-4, AVCHD Lite, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 310 gr (0.68 pounds) 235 gr (0.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 77 x 45mm (4.5" x 3.0" x 1.8") 111 x 61 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 147 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI122
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 second delay) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $354 $106