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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20

Portability
68
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 front
 
Pentax Optio VS20 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 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
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FZ62
Pentax VS20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-560mm (F3.1-4.8) lens
  • 235g - 111 x 61 x 38mm
  • Released January 2012
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax VS20, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ60 (16MP) and the VS20 (16MP) is very comparable and they possess the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FZ60 was revealed 6 months later than the VS20 and they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ60 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax VS20 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FZ60 grades versus the VS20 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ60 over the Pentax VS20

 FZ60 VS20 

Reasons to pick Pentax VS20 over the Panasonic FZ60

 VS20 FZ60 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax VS20

 FZ60 VS20 
ReleasedJuly 2012January 2012Same age
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ60 has got outer dimensions of 120mm x 81mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") having a weight of 493 grams (1.09 lbs) and the Pentax VS20 has sizing of 111mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the FZ60 vs the VS20.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the FZ60 and VS20 is 68 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to picture the gap in sensor sizing simply by checking out specifications. The photograph underneath will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ60 and VS20.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution and you can expect comparable quality of photographs although you really should factor the age of the cameras into account.

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax VS20 as a Portrait photography camera
44
you can focus manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
36
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 as a Street photography camera
Pentax VS20 as a Street photography camera
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (493g)
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average (235 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Sports photography info
Pentax VS20 Sports photography info
55
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
good battery life (450 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
44
great zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Travel photography information
Pentax VS20 Travel photography information
57
good battery life (450 shots)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (493 grams)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than average (235g)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Landscape photography details
Pentax VS20 Landscape photography details
50
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
good battery life (450 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Timelapse function
47
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ60 Vlogging features
Pentax VS20 Vlogging features
27
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (493 grams)
30
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average (235 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket
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Panasonic FZ60 vs Pentax VS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ60 and Pentax VS20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60Pentax Optio VS20
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 Pentax Optio VS20
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ62 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-07-18 2012-01-25
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 23 3
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/3.1-4.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT Screen LCD Display TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 202k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2500 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 2.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (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 data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 493 grams (1.09 lb) 235 grams (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 120 x 81 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") 111 x 61 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI122
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $350 $106