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Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
60
Imaging
77
Features
92
Overall
83
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
27

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 714g - 133 x 97 x 82mm
  • Released August 2020
  • Newer Model is Panasonic S5 II
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

Here, we are contrasting the Panasonic S5 and Pentax WS80, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Waterproof by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the S5 (24MP) and WS80 (10MP) and the S5 (Full frame) and WS80 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The S5 was revealed 11 years later than the WS80 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic S5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax WS80 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the S5 grades versus the WS80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Pentax WS80

 S5 WS80 
IntroducedAugust 2020August 2009Fresher by 135 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3.0"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1840k230kCrisper display (+1610k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Panasonic S5

 WS80 S5 

Common features in the Panasonic S5 and Pentax WS80

 S5 WS80 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic S5 offers physical measurements of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") having a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs) whilst the Pentax WS80 has measurements of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view scale comparison of the S5 and the WS80.

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the S5 and WS80 is 60 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing only by researching specs. The graphic here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the S5 and WS80.

All in all, each of the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The S5 having a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic S5 will result in more detail because of its extra 14 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The newer S5 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic S5 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Portrait photography camera
86
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
26
has manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S5 Street photography info
Pentax WS80 Street photography info
78
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts focus via touch
weather sealing
above average ISO range (51,200)
59
weather sealing
lighter than competition (125 grams)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic S5
Sports photography with Pentax WS80
82
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
has no phase detect AF
23
weather sealing
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S5 Travel photography features
Pentax WS80 Travel photography features
79
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
61
lighter than competition (125g)
weather sealing
flash built-in
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S5 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography highlights
86
has manual focus
change lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is good (3.0")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
two card slots
31
has manual focus
weather sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic S5 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax WS80 as a Vlogging camera
79
selfie friendly display
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone socket
25
lighter than competition (125 grams)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
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Panasonic S5 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S5 and Pentax WS80
 Panasonic Lumix DC-S5Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Pentax Optio WS80
Type Pro Mirrorless Waterproof
Released 2020-08-14 2009-08-05
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 35.6 x 23.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 847.3mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 51200 6400
Max enhanced ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 225 9
Lens
Lens mount type Leica L fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.8-4.7
Total lenses 31 -
Crop factor 1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3.0 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 1,840 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1500s
Max silent shutter speed 1/8000s -
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.40 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 714g (1.57 lb) 125g (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 440 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Two 1
Pricing at release $1,999 $220