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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85

Portability
68
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ60
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 493g - 120 x 81 x 92mm
  • Revealed July 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ62
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched September 2009
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax E85, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a huge gap among the image resolutions of the FZ60 (16MP) and E85 (12MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FZ60 was unveiled 2 years after the E85 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ60 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax E85 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summary of how the FZ60 grades versus the E85 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ60 over the Pentax E85

 FZ60 E85 
LaunchedJuly 2012September 2009More modern by 35 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Panasonic FZ60

 E85 FZ60 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax E85

 FZ60 E85 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ60 provides exterior measurements of 120mm x 81mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") and a weight of 493 grams (1.09 lbs) and the Pentax E85 has proportions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose during that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the FZ60 vs the E85.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ60 and E85 is 68 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to envision the contrast in sensor sizes purely by seeing a spec sheet. The picture here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ60 and E85.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic FZ60 to show greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images much more aggressively. The fresher FZ60 is going to have an edge in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ60
Portrait photography with Pentax E85
44
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
provides face detect focus
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
21
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Street photography information
Pentax E85 Street photography information
44
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competitors in class (493 grams)
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Sports photography information
Pentax E85 Sports photography information
55
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
better than average battery power (450 CIPA)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ60
Travel photography with Pentax E85
57
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (493g)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
51
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Landscape photography advice
Pentax E85 Landscape photography advice
50
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse mode
23
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Vlogging info
Pentax E85 Vlogging info
27
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone socket
more heavy than competitors in class (493g)
22
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic jack
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax E85
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Pentax Optio E85
Also called as Lumix DMC-FZ62 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-07-18 2009-09-17
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focusing distance 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 202k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 493 grams (1.09 lbs) 145 grams (0.32 lbs)
Dimensions 120 x 81 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 450 photos -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $350 $0