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Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II

Portability
86
Imaging
55
Features
66
Overall
59
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 front
 
Pentax K-3 II front
Portability
59
Imaging
68
Features
84
Overall
74

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Key Specs

Panasonic ZS200
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 340g - 111 x 66 x 45mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Also referred to as Lumix DC-TZ200
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS100
Pentax K-3 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Replaced the Pentax K-3
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Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Panasonic ZS200 versus Pentax K-3 II, former is a Large Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the ZS200 (20MP) and the K-3 II (24MP) is fairly well matched but the ZS200 (1") and K-3 II (APS-C) provide different sensor sizes.

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The ZS200 was revealed 2 years after the K-3 II which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZS200 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Pentax K-3 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a concise summary of how the ZS200 matches up vs the K-3 II with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS200 over the Pentax K-3 II

 ZS200 K-3 II 
IntroducedFebruary 2018April 2015Newer by 35 months
Display resolution1240k1037kSharper display (+203k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 II over the Panasonic ZS200

 K-3 II ZS200 
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic ZS200 and Pentax K-3 II

 ZS200 K-3 II 
Manually focus More exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera often, you should think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS200 enjoys physical measurements of 111mm x 66mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") along with a weight of 340 grams (0.75 lbs) while the Pentax K-3 II has sizing of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") along with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the ZS200 compared to the K-3 II.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the ZS200 and K-3 II is 86 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture below may give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS200 and K-3 II.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The ZS200 with its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Pentax K-3 II will give you greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The younger ZS200 provides a benefit in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS200
Portrait photography with Pentax K-3 II
66
manual focus
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
80
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Street photography advice
Pentax K-3 II Street photography advice
77
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
has focus via touch
screen does not articulate
69
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
very good ISO range (51,200)
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K-3 II Sports photography highlights
71
excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery (370 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
77
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect AF
bad battery pack (720 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS200
Travel photography with Pentax K-3 II
76
better than average battery (370 CIPA)
has bluetooth
has focus via touch
decent MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (360mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
57
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
bad battery pack (720 per charge)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-3 II as a Landscape photography camera
70
manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (370 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
78
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
has double storage slots
bad battery pack (720 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS200 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K-3 II Vlogging highlights
35
pretty wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
34
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone port
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Panasonic ZS200 vs Pentax K-3 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS200 and Pentax K-3 II
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200Pentax K-3 II
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 Pentax K-3 II
Alternate name Lumix DC-TZ200 -
Type Large Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2018-02-13 2015-04-23
Body design Large Sensor Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine Prime III
Sensor type MOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 6016 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 49 27
Cross focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-360mm (15.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3.2"
Resolution of screen 1,240k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,330k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x 0.64x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 8.3 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.80 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync (available with dedicated external flash)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 340g (0.75 pounds) 800g (1.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 66 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.6
DXO Low light score not tested 1106
Other
Battery life 370 photos 720 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single 2
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