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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10

Portability
67
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 front
 
Pentax Q10 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
56
Overall
44

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 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
  • Released July 2010
  • New Model is Panasonic FZ200
Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Introduced September 2012
  • Superseded the Pentax Q
  • Newer Model is Pentax Q7
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FZ100 versus Pentax Q10, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ100 (14MP) and the Q10 (12MP) is pretty similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FZ100 was manufactured 3 years prior to the Q10 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax Q10 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise view of how the FZ100 matches up versus the Q10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ100 over the Pentax Q10

 FZ100 Q10 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Panasonic FZ100

 Q10 FZ100 
IntroducedSeptember 2012July 2010Newer by 26 months

Common features in the Panasonic FZ100 and Pentax Q10

 FZ100 Q10 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ100 provides exterior measurements of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") and a weight of 540 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Pentax Q10 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the FZ100 against the Q10.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FZ100 and Q10 is 67 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing specs. The pic underneath will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ100 and Q10.

All in all, both cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic FZ100 to offer you greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs way more aggressively. The more aged FZ100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Portrait photography advice
Pentax Q10 Portrait photography advice
54
manual focus
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
48
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 as a Street photography camera
Pentax Q10 as a Street photography camera
58
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (540 grams)
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (200g)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Sports photography factors
Pentax Q10 Sports photography factors
52
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
37
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (270 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax Q10 as a Travel photography camera
59
MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (540g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
60
lighter than average in class (200 grams)
flash built-in
terrible battery power (270 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Landscape photography features
Pentax Q10 Landscape photography features
51
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (270 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Vlogging advice
Pentax Q10 Vlogging advice
64
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (540 grams)
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (200g)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone support
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Pentax Q10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ100 and Pentax Q10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100Pentax Q10
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Pentax Q10
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-07-21 2012-09-10
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 8
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 11.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 9.50 m 7.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 540g (1.19 lb) 200g (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 49
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 183
Other
Battery life - 270 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
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