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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Pentax Optio E90 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ100
  • Newer Model is Panasonic FZ300
Pentax E90
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 32-95mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 102 x 59 x 25mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Overview

Here is a thorough overview of the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax E90, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ200 (12MP) and the E90 (10MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FZ200 was unveiled 2 years later than the E90 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax E90 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a full comparison, here is a simple view of how the FZ200 scores against the E90 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Pentax E90

 FZ200 E90 
RevealedJuly 2012January 2010Fresher by 31 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax E90 over the Panasonic FZ200

 E90 FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax E90

 FZ200 E90 
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ200 has outside dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") along with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) while the Pentax E90 has dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0") with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax E90 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the FZ200 versus the E90.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ200 and E90 is 65 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to see the contrast between sensor sizing purely by checking a spec sheet. The graphic below might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ200 and E90.

As you can see, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FZ200 to give extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more modern FZ200 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E90 as a Portrait photography camera
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you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
19
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography features
Pentax E90 Street photography features
57
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than average (588g)
47
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography information
Pentax E90 Sports photography information
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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery pack (540 CIPA)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
16
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography factors
Pentax E90 Travel photography factors
55
great battery pack (540 CIPA)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than average (588 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
50
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
low MP (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography info
Pentax E90 Landscape photography info
48
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse function
22
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging features
Pentax E90 Vlogging features
63
rather wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than average (588g)
22
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic support
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax E90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax E90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Pentax Optio E90
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Pentax Optio E90
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-07-18 2010-01-25
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 3
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 32-95mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 6cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/4000s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 grams (1.30 pounds) 145 grams (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 102 x 59 x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 114 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $499 $100