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Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x

Portability
72
Imaging
35
Features
37
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 front
 
Pentax K-x front
Portability
69
Imaging
52
Features
47
Overall
50

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Key Specs

Panasonic FZ35
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 397g - 118 x 76 x 89mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ38
Pentax K-x
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 12800)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 580g - 123 x 92 x 68mm
  • Released December 2009
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Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Overview

Lets look much closer at the Panasonic FZ35 versus Pentax K-x, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the FZ35 (12MP) and the K-x (12MP) is fairly close but the FZ35 (1/2.3") and K-x (APS-C) feature totally different sensor measurements.

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The FZ35 was revealed 7 months later than the K-x so they are both of a similar age. The two cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ35 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-x being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the FZ35 matches up versus the K-x in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ35 over the Pentax K-x

 FZ35 K-x 
ReleasedJuly 2010December 2009More recent by 7 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K-x over the Panasonic FZ35

 K-x FZ35 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ35 and Pentax K-x

 FZ35 K-x 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension2.7"2.7"Identical display measurements
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to lug around your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ35 offers external dimensions of 118mm x 76mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") having a weight of 397 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Pentax K-x has measurements of 123mm x 92mm x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7") accompanied by a weight of 580 grams (1.28 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic FZ35 versus Pentax K-x in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have during that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the FZ35 and the K-x.

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ35 and K-x is 72 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to see the gap in sensor measurements purely by viewing specifications. The graphic underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ35 and K-x.

To sum up, both of those cameras have got the exact same MP but not the same sensor measurements. The FZ35 offers the smaller sensor which is going to make getting bokeh more difficult. The more recent FZ35 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 Portrait photography advice
Pentax K-x Portrait photography advice
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has manual focus
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
63
you can focus manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
low MP (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 Street photography advice
Pentax K-x Street photography advice
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-x as a Sports photography camera
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incredible zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
61
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great battery (1,900 shots)
supports phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-x as a Travel photography camera
52
flash built-in
rather wide (27mm)
long zoom (486mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low MP (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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great battery (1,900 shots)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
low MP (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 Landscape photography information
Pentax K-x Landscape photography information
41
has manual focus
rather wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse recording
61
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,900 per charge)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
low MP (12 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ35 Vlogging features
Pentax K-x Vlogging features
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rather wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
27
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic jack
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Panasonic FZ35 vs Pentax K-x Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ35 and Pentax K-x
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35Pentax K-x
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Pentax K-x
Also called Lumix DMC-FZ38 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2010-07-06 2009-12-23
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine V Prime
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4288 x 2848
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Maximum boosted ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 27-486mm (18.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.4 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.50 m 16.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear curtain, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 416 (24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 397g (0.88 pounds) 580g (1.28 pounds)
Dimensions 118 x 76 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 123 x 92 x 68mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 72
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 811
Other
Battery life - 1900 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC card
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $999 $600