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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
 
Pentax Optio P80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
23
Overall
30

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FX40
Pentax P80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F2.6-5.8) lens
  • 125g - 102 x 59 x 25mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Overview

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the Panasonic FX48 versus Pentax P80, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the FX48 (12MP) and the P80 (12MP) is fairly close and both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FX48 was launched 6 months prior to the P80 so they are of a similar generation. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a complete comparison, here is a short overview of how the FX48 matches up versus the P80 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Pentax P80

 FX48 P80 

Reasons to pick Pentax P80 over the Panasonic FX48

 P80 FX48 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Display dimensions2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Pentax P80

 FX48 P80 
LaunchedJanuary 2009August 2009Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FX48 has got outer measurements of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Pentax P80 has proportions of 102mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FX48 versus Pentax P80 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the FX48 against the P80.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FX48 and P80 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to picture the difference in sensor dimensions simply by looking through specs. The picture here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FX48 and P80.

All in all, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same megapixels so you should expect comparable quality of images though you might want to consider the production date of the cameras into account.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography features
Pentax P80 Portrait photography features
27
provides face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
27
manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Street photography advice
Pentax P80 Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
55
lighter than others in class (125g)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Sports photography information
Pentax P80 Sports photography information
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
17
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Travel photography highlights
Pentax P80 Travel photography highlights
58
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
62
lighter than others in class (125 grams)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Landscape photography advice
Pentax P80 Landscape photography advice
33
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse mode
32
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX48
Vlogging with Pentax P80
31
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone jack
28
decently wide (28mm)
lighter than others in class (125 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic socket
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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax P80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Pentax P80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Pentax Optio P80
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Pentax Optio P80
Also called Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-27 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 28-110mm (3.9x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.6-5.8
Macro focus range 5cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/3000 seconds 1/1000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.00 m 4.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150g (0.33 lbs) 125g (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 102 x 59 x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $325 $200