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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2

Portability
67
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
Pentax ist DS2 front
Portability
68
Imaging
44
Features
33
Overall
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ150
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 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
  • 528g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Introduced April 2012
Pentax ist DS2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Introduced August 2005
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Panasonic FZ150 versus Pentax ist DS2, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the FZ150 (12MP) and ist DS2 (6MP) and the FZ150 (1/2.3") and ist DS2 (APS-C) boast different sensor measurements.

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The FZ150 was announced 6 years later than the ist DS2 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax ist DS2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick view of how the FZ150 matches up versus the ist DS2 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Pentax ist DS2

 FZ150 ist DS2 
IntroducedApril 2012August 2005More recent by 81 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k210kClearer screen (+250k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DS2 over the Panasonic FZ150

 ist DS2 FZ150 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ150 and Pentax ist DS2

 FZ150 ist DS2 
Focus manually More exact focus
Touch screen No Touch screen

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ150 has outside 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 ist DS2 has proportions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") and a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FZ150 versus Pentax ist DS2 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the FZ150 compared to the ist DS2.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ150 and ist DS2 is 67 and 68 respectively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to imagine the difference between sensor measurements just by going over specifications. The visual here will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ150 and ist DS2.

To sum up, each of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The FZ150 using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Panasonic FZ150 will deliver greater detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher FZ150 provides a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Portrait photography information
Pentax ist DS2 Portrait photography information
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you can focus manually
exports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
low MP (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ150
Street photography with Pentax ist DS2
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screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (528g)
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decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (605 grams)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Sports photography information
Pentax ist DS2 Sports photography information
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amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good battery power (410 per charge)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
no liveview feature
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Travel photography info
Pentax ist DS2 Travel photography info
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good battery power (410 per charge)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (528 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition in class (605g)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (6 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Landscape photography information
Pentax ist DS2 Landscape photography information
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you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
good battery power (410 shots)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no Timelapse mode
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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Vlogging highlights
Pentax ist DS2 Vlogging highlights
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decently wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (528g)
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lighter than competition in class (605 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great ( pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Pentax ist DS2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ150 and Pentax ist DS2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150Pentax ist DS2
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Pentax ist DS2
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2012-04-11 2005-08-22
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size 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 area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 6 megapixels
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
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.50 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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 -
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 528g (1.16 lbs) 605g (1.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
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 photos -
Form of battery 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
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC card
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $499 -