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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
 
Pentax K200D front
Portability
61
Imaging
50
Features
41
Overall
46

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Key Specs

Panasonic FX78
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 100 x 55 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX77
Pentax K200D
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 690g - 134 x 95 x 74mm
  • Revealed September 2008
  • Previous Model is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Overview

The following is a complete review of the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax K200D, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the FX78 (12MP) and the K200D (10MP) is fairly close but the FX78 (1/2.3") and K200D (APS-C) provide different sensor measurements.

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The FX78 was unveiled 2 years after the K200D which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FX78 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K200D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise view of how the FX78 scores vs the K200D in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Pentax K200D

 FX78 K200D 
RevealedJanuary 2011September 2008Newer by 30 months
Display size3.5"2.7"Larger display (+0.8")
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K200D over the Panasonic FX78

 K200D FX78 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax K200D

 FX78 K200D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FX78 features external measurements of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Pentax K200D has specifications of 134mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 690 grams (1.52 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax K200D in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are using at the time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the FX78 vs the K200D.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FX78 and K200D is 95 and 61 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions just by looking through technical specs. The pic here may offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FX78 and K200D.

As you have seen, the two cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FX78 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Panasonic FX78 will render extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern FX78 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography information
Pentax K200D Portrait photography information
21
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
54
you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K200D as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
60
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proof
fixed screen
more heavy than others (690g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Sports photography factors
Pentax K200D Sports photography factors
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400s)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
53
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment proof
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX78
Travel photography with Pentax K200D
56
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
bad battery life (200 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
47
environment proof
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (690g)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography advice
Pentax K200D Landscape photography advice
36
rather wide (24mm)
bigger than average screen (3.5")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
bad battery life (200 per charge)
no Timelapse mode
56
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proof
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Vlogging info
Pentax K200D Vlogging info
33
rather wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
9
no video recording
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax K200D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Pentax K200D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Pentax K200D
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Pentax K200D
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2011-01-25 2008-09-01
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.5" 2.7"
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1400 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
External flash
AEB
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
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 142 grams (0.31 lb) 690 grams (1.52 lb)
Physical dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 134 x 95 x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 64
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.4
DXO Low light score not tested 561
Other
Battery life 200 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $210 $600