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Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
13
Overall
26
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 front
 
Pentax K-3 front
Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Key Specs

Panasonic FP1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2010
Pentax K-3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Revealed April 2014
  • New Model is Pentax K-3 II
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Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic FP1 and Pentax K-3, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the FP1 (12MP) and K-3 (24MP) and the FP1 (1/2.3") and K-3 (APS-C) use different sensor dimensions.

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The FP1 was unveiled 5 years before the K-3 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FP1 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax K-3 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short view of how the FP1 matches up against the K-3 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP1 over the Pentax K-3

 FP1 K-3 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 over the Panasonic FP1

 K-3 FP1 
RevealedApril 2014January 2010More recent by 51 months
Focus manually More accurate focus
Screen sizing3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1037k230kClearer screen (+807k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FP1 and Pentax K-3

 FP1 K-3 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FP1 comes with physical dimensions of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Pentax K-3 has specifications of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the FP1 against the K-3.

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FP1 and K-3 is 95 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor measurements only by checking out a spec sheet. The visual here may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the FP1 and K-3.

As you can see, the two cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The FP1 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Pentax K-3 will provide extra detail having an extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older FP1 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K-3 Portrait photography factors
21
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
79
manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Street photography details
Pentax K-3 Street photography details
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than others in class (151 grams)
69
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
good ISO range (51,200)
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Sports photography features
Pentax K-3 Sports photography features
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
76
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking focus
environment proofing
has phase detect AF
low battery power (560 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Travel photography info
Pentax K-3 Travel photography info
50
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than others in class (151 grams)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
60
environment proofing
good MP (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
low battery power (560 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-3 Landscape photography features
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
78
manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
low battery power (560 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP1 Vlogging advice
Pentax K-3 Vlogging advice
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than others in class (151 grams)
34
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic FP1 vs Pentax K-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP1 and Pentax K-3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1Pentax K-3
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 Pentax K-3
Class Ultracompact Advanced DSLR
Launched 2010-01-06 2014-04-10
Body design Ultracompact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine IV Prime III
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 6016 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 51200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 27
Cross focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 35-140mm (4.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.9 -
Macro focus range 10cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.90 m (Auto ISO) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, on, off, red-eye, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, trailing curtain sync, high speed, wireless, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 151g (0.33 lb) 800g (1.76 lb)
Dimensions 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.4
DXO Low light score not tested 1216
Other
Battery life - 560 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One 2
Retail pricing $153 $639