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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D

Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
Pentax K20D front
Portability
59
Imaging
55
Features
52
Overall
53

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Key Specs

Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Pentax K20D
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Revealed June 2008
  • Previous Model is Pentax K10D
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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Panasonic FS7 and Pentax K20D, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Advanced DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FS7 (10MP) and K20D (15MP) and the FS7 (1/2.5") and K20D (APS-C) offer different sensor sizes.

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The FS7 was revealed 7 months after the K20D which means that they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax K20D being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a short summary of how the FS7 grades versus the K20D when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Pentax K20D

 FS7 K20D 
RevealedJanuary 2009June 2008Newer by 7 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K20D over the Panasonic FS7

 K20D FS7 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic FS7 and Pentax K20D

 FS7 K20D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera often, you will need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FS7 offers physical dimensions of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") with a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Pentax K20D has dimensions of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FS7 and Pentax K20D in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the FS7 versus the K20D.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FS7 and K20D is 95 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Sensor Comparison

Generally, its tough to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions purely by viewing a spec sheet. The image below should give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS7 and K20D.

Clearly, both of those cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FS7 with its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field trickier and the Pentax K20D will result in more detail because of its extra 5 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images a bit more aggressively. The newer FS7 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Portrait photography info
Pentax K20D Portrait photography info
20
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW files
73
focusing manually
decent megapixels (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Street photography information
Pentax K20D Street photography information
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW files
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Sports photography info
Pentax K20D Sports photography info
25
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (15MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
has phase detect autofocus
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Travel photography info
Pentax K20D Travel photography info
51
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
64
weather sealing
decent megapixels (15 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Landscape photography info
Pentax K20D Landscape photography info
27
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
71
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (15 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is small (2.7 inches)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Vlogging features
Pentax K20D Vlogging features
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic jack
9
can't record video
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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax K20D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS7 and Pentax K20D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7Pentax K20D
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 Pentax K20D
Type Ultracompact Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2009-01-16 2008-06-25
Physical type Ultracompact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" APS-C
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 24.7mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 15 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4672 x 3104
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max boosted ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 33-132mm (4.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 6.3 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180s
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) -
Max video resolution 640x480 None
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 139 grams (0.31 lbs) 800 grams (1.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
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 - D-LI50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $160 $700