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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 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
  • Launched January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Released January 2009
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax E70, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the FX78 (12MP) and the E70 (10MP) is very comparable and they use the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FX78 was introduced 2 years later than the E70 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief summation of how the FX78 grades against the E70 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Pentax E70

 FX78 E70 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2009More recent by 25 months
Display sizing3.5"2.4"Larger display (+1.1")
Display resolution230k112kClearer display (+118k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic FX78

 E70 FX78 

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax E70

 FX78 E70 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX78 enjoys physical dimensions of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Pentax E70 has dimensions of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax E70 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the FX78 against the E70.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FX78 and E70 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to imagine the difference in sensor measurements purely by checking out specifications. The photograph below should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the FX78 and E70.

To sum up, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should expect to see the Panasonic FX78 to show extra detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more modern FX78 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography factors
Pentax E70 Portrait photography factors
21
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
19
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Street photography details
Pentax E70 Street photography details
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Sports photography features
Pentax E70 Sports photography features
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400 seconds)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery life (200 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
16
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Travel photography advice
Pentax E70 Travel photography advice
56
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery life (200 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
50
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
low MP (10MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax E70 as a Landscape photography camera
36
fairly wide (24mm)
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
manual exposure not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery life (200 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
22
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4")
no manual control
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Vlogging details
Pentax E70 Vlogging details
33
fairly wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
22
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone port
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Pentax Optio E70
Alternative name Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-25 2009-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.5-5.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.5 inches 2.4 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 112k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1400 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 lbs) 175 grams (0.39 lbs)
Dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
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 life 200 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $210 $140