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Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
44
Overall
39
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
27

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

Panasonic FX700
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.2-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 104 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released July 2010
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Released August 2009
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Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FX700 versus Pentax WS80, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Waterproof by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the FX700 (14MP) and WS80 (10MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FX700 was introduced 12 months later than the WS80 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short summation of how the FX700 scores versus the WS80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX700 over the Pentax WS80

 FX700 WS80 
ReleasedJuly 2010August 2009More recent by 12 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Panasonic FX700

 WS80 FX700 

Common features in the Panasonic FX700 and Pentax WS80

 FX700 WS80 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FX700 has got external dimensions of 104mm x 56mm x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Pentax WS80 has specifications of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use at that moment. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the FX700 and the WS80.

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FX700 and WS80 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by researching specifications. The photograph below may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the FX700 and WS80.

To sum up, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Panasonic FX700 to render extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The fresher FX700 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Portrait photography highlights
38
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
26
has manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Street photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Street photography highlights
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
59
weather proof
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Sports photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Sports photography highlights
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
23
weather proof
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Travel photography camera
65
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
no Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.2)
61
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
weather proof
built-in flash
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Landscape photography details
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography details
49
has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse function
31
has manual focus
weather proof
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Vlogging factors
Pentax WS80 Vlogging factors
33
pretty wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no microphone jack
25
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Panasonic FX700 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX700 and Pentax WS80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Pentax Optio WS80
Category Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2010-07-21 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine FHD Prime
Sensor type CMOS 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 14 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 80 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.2-5.9 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focus range 3cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.40 m 3.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format AVCHD 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 176 grams (0.39 pounds) 125 grams (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 104 x 56 x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $399 $220