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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
Pentax K-01 front
Portability
76
Imaging
57
Features
68
Overall
61

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Key Specs

Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Launched August 2011
Pentax K-01
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 561g - 122 x 79 x 58mm
  • Introduced May 2012
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Overview

Below is a detailed overview of the Panasonic FX90 versus Pentax K-01, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the FX90 (12MP) and K-01 (16MP) and the FX90 (1/2.3") and K-01 (APS-C) posses different sensor sizes.

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The FX90 was unveiled 9 months prior to the K-01 so they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FX90 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-01 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short overview of how the FX90 scores against the K-01 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Pentax K-01

 FX90 K-01 
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-01 over the Panasonic FX90

 K-01 FX90 
IntroducedMay 2012August 2011More recent by 9 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K-01

 FX90 K-01 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera often, you have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX90 offers physical dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Pentax K-01 has dimensions of 122mm x 79mm x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3") with a weight of 561 grams (1.24 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FX90 versus Pentax K-01 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the FX90 versus the K-01.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX90 and K-01 is 95 and 76 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to imagine the difference in sensor measurements only by looking through technical specs. The graphic here might give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX90 and K-01.

As you can tell, both the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The FX90 having a smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh more difficult and the Pentax K-01 will result in more detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older FX90 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Portrait photography camera
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
74
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Street photography camera
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch to focus
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
heavier than others in class (561g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FX90
Sports photography with Pentax K-01
30
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
61
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery power (540 per charge)
max frames per second low (6.0 fps)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX90
Travel photography with Pentax K-01
60
offers touch to focus
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
no Timelapse function
terrible battery power (200 shots)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.5)
65
better than average battery power (540 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
heavier than others in class (561g)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Landscape photography factors
Pentax K-01 Landscape photography factors
36
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery power (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
80
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (540 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX90
Vlogging with Pentax K-01
34
decently wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone support
34
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic socket
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than others in class (561g)
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K-01 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K-01
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Pentax K-01
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Pentax K-01
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2011-08-26 2012-05-30
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 81
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.90 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 149g (0.33 pounds) 561g (1.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 122 x 79 x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 79
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 1135
Other
Battery life 200 images 540 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $227 $899