Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
Pentax Optio W80 front

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Announced June 2014
  • Replacement is Panasonic FZ2500
Pentax W80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 56 x 25mm
  • Introduced June 2009
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80, one is a Large Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the FZ1000 (20MP) and W80 (12MP) and the FZ1000 (1") and W80 (1/2.3") possess different sensor sizes.

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The FZ1000 was announced 5 years after the W80 which is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax W80 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the FZ1000 matches up versus the W80 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Pentax W80

 FZ1000 W80 
IntroducedJune 2014June 2009Newer by 61 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 W80 FZ1000 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Pentax W80

 FZ1000 W80 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ1000 comes with exterior measurements of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") accompanied by a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) whilst the Pentax W80 has specifications of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the FZ1000 and the W80.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FZ1000 and W80 is 55 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to picture the gap between sensor dimensions simply by checking a spec sheet. The image below might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ1000 and W80.

Clearly, each of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FZ1000 using its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Panasonic FZ1000 will give you greater detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos far more aggressively. The newer FZ1000 should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Portrait photography details
Pentax W80 Portrait photography details
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Street photography highlights
Pentax W80 Street photography highlights
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Sports photography camera
incredible zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
supports tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect AF
environment sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Travel photography with Pentax W80
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (400mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
environment sealing
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Landscape photography with Pentax W80
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5")
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Vlogging details
Pentax W80 Vlogging details
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic support
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone socket
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Pentax W80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Pentax Optio W80
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-06-12 2009-06-25
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 125 64
RAW files
Lowest boosted ISO 80 -
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 49 9
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-400mm (16.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.0 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.9
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 831 grams (1.83 lb) 156 grams (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 100 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 517 not tested
Battery life 360 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID DMW-BLC12PP D-LI78
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type - SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $800 $250