Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
Pentax K-r front

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Other Name is Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS70
Pentax K-r
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 598g - 125 x 97 x 68mm
  • Released March 2011
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Overview

Lets look closer at the Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax K-r, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There is a huge difference between the resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and K-r (12MP) and the ZS80 (1/2.3") and K-r (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The ZS80 was released 7 years after the K-r which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS80 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-r being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the ZS80 scores against the K-r when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Pentax K-r

 ZS80 K-r 
ReleasedFebruary 2018March 2011Newer by 85 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-r over the Panasonic ZS80

 K-r ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax K-r

 ZS80 K-r 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS80 provides exterior dimensions of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-r has measurements of 125mm x 97mm x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7") along with a weight of 598 grams (1.32 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax K-r in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the ZS80 compared to the K-r.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS80 and K-r is 86 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reviewing specifications. The picture underneath should provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS80 and K-r.

Plainly, both the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The ZS80 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF trickier and the Panasonic ZS80 will offer you greater detail as a result of its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos much more aggressively. The younger ZS80 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax K-r Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
good resolution (20MP)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW files
low MP (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-r as a Street photography camera
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
offers focus via touch
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS80
Sports photography with Pentax K-r
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
great battery (380 CIPA)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
low MP (12MP)
not so great battery pack (470 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Travel photography factors
Pentax K-r Travel photography factors
great battery (380 shots)
has bluetooth
offers focus via touch
good resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
built-in flash
not so great battery pack (470 shots)
low MP (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-r Landscape photography features
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
saves RAW formats
great battery (380 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
low MP (12MP)
not so great battery pack (470 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Vlogging features
Pentax K-r Vlogging features
relatively wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have microphone jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection focus
does not feature selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Pentax K-r Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Pentax K-r
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Pentax K-r
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Pentax K-r
Also called Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2018-02-18 2011-03-11
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Prime II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 4288 x 2848
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Max enhanced ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 80 200
RAW files
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x 0.57x
Min shutter speed 4s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/6000s
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180s
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 327g (0.72 lb) 598g (1.32 lb)
Dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 125 x 97 x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 72
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 755
Battery life 380 images 470 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $448 $1,100