Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
Pentax K200D front

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D 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
  • Released August 2011
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
  • Released September 2008
  • Previous Model is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Overview

The following is a thorough review of the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K200D, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the FX90 (12MP) and the K200D (10MP) is very similar but the FX90 (1/2.3") and K200D (APS-C) posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The FX90 was manufactured 3 years after the K200D which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FX90 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K200D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going right into a detailed comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the FX90 grades versus the K200D with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Pentax K200D

 FX90 K200D 
ReleasedAugust 2011September 2008Newer by 37 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K200D over the Panasonic FX90

 K200D FX90 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K200D

 FX90 K200D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FX90 provides exterior measurements of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Pentax K200D has measurements of 134mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 690 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the FX90 against the K200D.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FX90 and K200D is 95 and 61 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading specifications. The pic underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FX90 and K200D.

To sum up, each of these cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FX90 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF trickier and the Panasonic FX90 will offer extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more recent FX90 is going to have a benefit in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography advice
Pentax K200D Portrait photography advice
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
focusing manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
MP count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K200D as a Street photography camera
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
heavier than competitors in class (690g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography information
Pentax K200D Sports photography information
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
slow fps (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (200 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
low frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Travel photography information
Pentax K200D Travel photography information
comes with focus via touch
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse mode
terrible battery (200 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
weather sealing
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (690g)
MP count low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX90
Landscape photography with Pentax K200D
rather wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
terrible battery (200 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is small (2.7")
no liveview
MP count low (10MP)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Vlogging features
Pentax K200D Vlogging features
rather wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
missing microphone jack
no video
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Panasonic FX90 vs Pentax K200D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Pentax K200D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Pentax K200D
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Pentax K200D
Type Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2011-08-26 2008-09-01
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3872 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 23 11
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.90 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
External flash
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180s
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 149 gr (0.33 lbs) 690 gr (1.52 lbs)
Physical dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 134 x 95 x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 64
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 561
Battery life 200 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $227 $600