Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
Pentax K-70 front

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Launched June 2014
  • Refreshed by Panasonic FZ2500
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Released June 2016
  • Renewed by Pentax KF
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Panasonic FZ1000 and Pentax K-70, one is a Large Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ1000 (20MP) and the K-70 (24MP) is relatively comparable but the FZ1000 (1") and K-70 (APS-C) possess different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The FZ1000 was manufactured 24 months prior to the K-70 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick summary of how the FZ1000 matches up against the K-70 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Pentax K-70

 FZ1000 K-70 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 K-70 FZ1000 
ReleasedJune 2016June 2014More modern by 24 months

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Pentax K-70

 FZ1000 K-70 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution921k921kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera, you are going to need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ1000 has external measurements of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") along with a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) while the Pentax K-70 has measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") and a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the FZ1000 vs the K-70.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ1000 and K-70 is 55 and 62 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes purely by checking out specs. The image below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ1000 and K-70.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FZ1000 due to its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field harder and the Pentax K-70 will show extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged FZ1000 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Portrait photography features
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography features
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
has manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Street photography advice
Pentax K-70 Street photography advice
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
very good high ISO (102,400)
more heavy than competition in class (688 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Sports photography factors
Pentax K-70 Sports photography factors
long zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking autofocus
has no phase detect AF
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
not so great battery life (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Travel photography advice
Pentax K-70 Travel photography advice
good megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (25mm)
great zoom (400mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
environment proofing
resolution is good (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (410 shots)
more heavy than competition in class (688 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-70 Landscape photography info
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
very good high ISO (102,400)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
not so great battery life (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Vlogging advice
Pentax K-70 Vlogging advice
decently wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external microphone port
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (688 grams)
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Pentax K-70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Pentax K-70
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Pentax K-70
Category Large Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2014-06-12 2016-06-08
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 12800 102400
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 80 -
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 49 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 25-400mm (16.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.0 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.63x
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 12.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 831 gr (1.83 pounds) 688 gr (1.52 pounds)
Dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 517 not tested
Battery life 360 shots 410 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLC12PP -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage media - SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $800 $649