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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70

Portability
67
Imaging
37
Features
62
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 540g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • New Model is Panasonic FZ200
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
  • Launched January 2009
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Overview

Following is a comprehensive analysis of the Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the FZ100 (14MP) and E70 (10MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FZ100 was unveiled 19 months after the E70 making them a generation away from each other. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax E70 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the FZ100 matches up against the E70 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ100 over the Pentax E70

 FZ100 E70 
LaunchedJuly 2010January 2009More modern by 19 months
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution460k112kCrisper display (+348k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic FZ100

 E70 FZ100 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ100 and Pentax E70

 FZ100 E70 
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ100 comes with outside dimensions of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") with a weight of 540 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Pentax E70 has dimensions of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") and a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the FZ100 against the E70.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FZ100 and E70 is 67 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizes just by viewing specifications. The picture underneath will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ100 and E70.

To sum up, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should anticipate the Panasonic FZ100 to render greater detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The newer FZ100 provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E70 as a Portrait photography camera
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focusing manually
MP count decent (14MP)
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
19
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Street photography advice
Pentax E70 Street photography advice
58
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than others in class (540g)
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ100
Sports photography with Pentax E70
51
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
16
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Travel photography details
Pentax E70 Travel photography details
59
MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (540g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
50
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Landscape photography factors
Pentax E70 Landscape photography factors
51
focusing manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse recording
22
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.4 inch)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Vlogging information
Pentax E70 Vlogging information
64
reasonably wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone support
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than others in class (540 grams)
22
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic socket
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ100 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Pentax Optio E70
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-07-21 2009-01-05
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.4"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 112 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 11.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.50 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 540 gr (1.19 pounds) 175 gr (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 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 model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $500 $140