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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Pentax Q front
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ100
  • Updated by Panasonic FZ300
Pentax Q
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 180g - 98 x 57 x 31mm
  • Introduced June 2011
  • Successor is Pentax Q10
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Overview

Here is a complete assessment of the Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ200 (12MP) and the Q (12MP) is pretty similar and they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FZ200 was launched 14 months later than the Q which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax Q being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the FZ200 grades vs the Q in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Pentax Q

 FZ200 Q 
IntroducedJuly 2012June 2011Fresher by 14 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax Q over the Panasonic FZ200

 Q FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax Q

 FZ200 Q 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera, you will have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ200 offers external measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") and a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) while the Pentax Q has specifications of 98mm x 57mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") along with a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the FZ200 versus the Q.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ200 and Q is 65 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizing simply by going over technical specs. The photograph here might give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ200 and Q.

As you can tell, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical MP therefore you should expect similar quality of photos though you might want to factor the production date of the products into consideration. The fresher FZ200 should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax Q as a Portrait photography camera
48
manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
has face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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has manual focus
above average flash sync (1/2,000s)
saves RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography advice
Pentax Q Street photography advice
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors (588g)
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (180g)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Q as a Sports photography camera
46
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery (540 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
32
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking focus
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (230 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography factors
Pentax Q Travel photography factors
55
better than average battery (540 per charge)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (588g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
57
lighter than competition in class (180g)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
terrible battery (230 shots)
low MP (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography advice
Pentax Q Landscape photography advice
48
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (540 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse mode
51
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (230 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging advice
Pentax Q Vlogging advice
63
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic port
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors (588g)
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (180g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Pentax Q Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Pentax Q
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Pentax Q
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Pentax Q
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-07-18 2011-06-23
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 8
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 588 gr (1.30 lb) 180 gr (0.40 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 98 x 57 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 37 47
DXO Color Depth rating 19.1 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 11.1
DXO Low light rating 114 189
Other
Battery life 540 images 230 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $499 $695