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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
Pentax K100D front
Portability
64
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D 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
  • Announced August 2011
Pentax K100D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 660g - 129 x 93 x 70mm
  • Released December 2006
  • Later Model is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K100D, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the FX90 (12MP) and K100D (6MP) and the FX90 (1/2.3") and K100D (APS-C) boast different sensor size.

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The FX90 was released 4 years later than the K100D and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FX90 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K100D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple overview of how the FX90 grades against the K100D when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Pentax K100D

 FX90 K100D 
ReleasedAugust 2011December 2006Fresher by 58 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k210kClearer screen (+250k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D over the Panasonic FX90

 K100D FX90 
Manually focus More exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K100D

 FX90 K100D 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX90 has got exterior dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Pentax K100D has sizing of 129mm x 93mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8") with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K100D in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the FX90 and the K100D.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX90 and K100D is 95 and 64 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by seeing specifications. The graphic here may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX90 and K100D.

To sum up, each of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FX90 because of its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Panasonic FX90 will show extra detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more modern FX90 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax K100D Portrait photography highlights
21
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
51
has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
MP count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX90
Street photography with Pentax K100D
62
image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
58
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no moving screen
more heavy than others (660g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography details
Pentax K100D Sports photography details
30
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
47
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has phase detect AF
no liveview
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Travel photography advice
Pentax K100D Travel photography advice
60
boasts touch focus
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.5)
42
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (660g)
MP count low (6 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax K100D Landscape photography highlights
36
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode
52
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
small screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview
MP count low (6MP)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Vlogging information
Pentax K100D Vlogging information
34
relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
missing mic socket
9
no video recording
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K100D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K100D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Pentax K100D
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Pentax K100D
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2011-08-26 2006-12-03
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 3008 x 2008
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 210k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.90 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 149 grams (0.33 lb) 660 grams (1.46 lb)
Physical dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 129 x 93 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC card
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $227 $0