Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Pentax Optio WG-1 front

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Revealed July 2012
  • Older Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Renewed by Panasonic FZ300
Pentax WG-1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 157g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Introduced February 2011
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Overview

In this article, we will be reviewing the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax WG-1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Waterproof by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the FZ200 (12MP) and the WG-1 (14MP) is pretty comparable and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FZ200 was introduced 18 months later than the WG-1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. The two cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax WG-1 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple summation of how the FZ200 matches up vs the WG-1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Pentax WG-1

 FZ200 WG-1 
IntroducedJuly 2012February 2011More recent by 18 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 over the Panasonic FZ200

 WG-1 FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax WG-1

 FZ200 WG-1 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ200 provides outside dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) whilst the Pentax WG-1 has dimensions of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 157 grams (0.35 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax WG-1 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the FZ200 against the WG-1.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the FZ200 and WG-1 is 65 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to imagine the difference in sensor measurements just by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic here might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ200 and WG-1.

Clearly, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Pentax WG-1 to produce more detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more modern FZ200 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ200
Portrait photography with Pentax WG-1
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography information
Pentax WG-1 Street photography information
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (588 grams)
weather sealing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WG-1 as a Sports photography camera
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery life (540 per charge)
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ200
Travel photography with Pentax WG-1
great battery life (540 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
rather wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
weather sealing
decent megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography details
Pentax WG-1 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (540 shots)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
weather sealing
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging highlights
Pentax WG-1 Vlogging highlights
rather wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic jack
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
rather wide (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax WG-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax WG-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Pentax Optio WG-1
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Pentax Optio WG-1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2012-07-18 2011-02-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 9
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/4000 seconds -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588g (1.30 pounds) 157g (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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
Battery life 540 pictures 260 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $499 $350