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Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2

Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
10
Overall
24
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 front
 
Pentax ist DL2 front
Portability
69
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Key Specs

Panasonic FS42
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1000 (Increase to 6400)
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 132g - 98 x 55 x 22mm
  • Launched April 2009
Pentax ist DL2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 565g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Released January 2006
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Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Overview

Here is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic FS42 and Pentax ist DL2, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the FS42 (10MP) and ist DL2 (6MP) and the FS42 (1/2.5") and ist DL2 (APS-C) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The FS42 was unveiled 3 years later than the ist DL2 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FS42 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax ist DL2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summation of how the FS42 grades versus the ist DL2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS42 over the Pentax ist DL2

 FS42 ist DL2 
ReleasedApril 2009January 2006Fresher by 40 months
Screen resolution230k210kClearer screen (+20k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DL2 over the Panasonic FS42

 ist DL2 FS42 
Manually focus More precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic FS42 and Pentax ist DL2

 FS42 ist DL2 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing2.5"2.5"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FS42 features outside measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 132 grams (0.29 lbs) whilst the Pentax ist DL2 has proportions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") and a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FS42 and Pentax ist DL2 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the FS42 and the ist DL2.

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FS42 and ist DL2 is 95 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to see the difference in sensor sizing purely by seeing technical specs. The visual underneath might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the FS42 and ist DL2.

As you can tell, each of these cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FS42 having a smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Panasonic FS42 will produce greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The newer FS42 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS42 Portrait photography features
Pentax ist DL2 Portrait photography features
20
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
low resolution (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
lacks RAW format
51
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Street photography camera
Pentax ist DL2 as a Street photography camera
47
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
lacks RAW format
low max ISO (1,000)
61
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than average in class (565g)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax ist DL2 as a Sports photography camera
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
lacks phase detect auto focus
39
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
no liveview
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS42 Travel photography factors
Pentax ist DL2 Travel photography factors
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low resolution (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
52
lighter than average in class (565g)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS42 Landscape photography information
Pentax ist DL2 Landscape photography information
23
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.5")
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
low max ISO (1,000)
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
47
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no liveview
no image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax ist DL2 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic port
22
lighter than average in class (565 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low ( resolution)
missing external microphone support
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Panasonic FS42 vs Pentax ist DL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS42 and Pentax ist DL2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42Pentax ist DL2
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Pentax ist DL2
Category Ultracompact Advanced DSLR
Launched 2009-04-17 2006-01-27
Physical type Ultracompact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.5" APS-C
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 24.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 6 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 1000 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 5
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 33-132mm (4.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 6.3 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5" 2.5"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.30 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 640x480 -
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 132g (0.29 lbs) 565g (1.25 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 65
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 639
Other
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/MMC card
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $580 -