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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
Pentax K100D Super front
Portability
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Imaging
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Features
36
Overall
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Key Specs

Panasonic FZ150
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 528g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Introduced April 2012
Pentax K100D S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 129 x 91 x 71mm
  • Launched June 2007
  • Previous Model is Pentax K100D
  • Newer Model is Pentax K200D
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Overview

Below, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FZ150 versus Pentax K100D S, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FZ150 (12MP) and K100D S (6MP) and the FZ150 (1/2.3") and K100D S (APS-C) feature different sensor measurements.

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The FZ150 was introduced 4 years after the K100D S which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K100D S being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FZ150 grades versus the K100D S when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Pentax K100D S

 FZ150 K100D S 
LaunchedApril 2012June 2007Newer by 59 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k210kSharper screen (+250k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D S over the Panasonic FZ150

 K100D S FZ150 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ150 and Pentax K100D S

 FZ150 K100D S 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ150 offers outer dimensions of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") and a weight of 528 grams (1.16 lbs) while the Pentax K100D S has dimensions of 129mm x 91mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are using at the time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the FZ150 against the K100D S.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ150 and K100D S is 67 and 65 respectively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by checking out specs. The picture underneath should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ150 and K100D S.

All in all, both the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FZ150 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Panasonic FZ150 will provide greater detail using its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The newer FZ150 should have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K100D S Portrait photography factors
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focusing manually
saves RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low resolution sensor (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ150
Street photography with Pentax K100D S
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screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (528 grams)
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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
heavier than competitors in class (646g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Sports photography factors
Pentax K100D S Sports photography factors
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amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery (410 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Travel photography information
Pentax K100D S Travel photography information
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better than average battery (410 CIPA)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (528g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (646g)
low resolution sensor (6MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Landscape photography factors
Pentax K100D S Landscape photography factors
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focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (410 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
doesn't have liveview
low resolution sensor (6 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K100D S as a Vlogging camera
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really wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic support
slow max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (528g)
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can't shoot video
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax K100D S Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ150 and Pentax K100D S
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150Pentax K100D Super
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Pentax K100D Super
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2012-04-11 2007-06-28
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 6MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3008 x 2008
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 460k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.50 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG -
Mic 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 528 grams (1.16 pounds) 646 grams (1.42 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 129 x 91 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 40 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 132 not tested
Other
Battery life 410 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card
Card slots One One
Price at release $499 $520