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Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7

Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 front
 
Pentax K-7 front
Portability
60
Imaging
55
Features
69
Overall
60

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 606g - 130 x 97 x 118mm
  • Revealed July 2013
Pentax K-7
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 2000 (Raise to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 750g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Revealed October 2009
  • Replacement is Pentax K-5
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Overview

Following is a extended review of the Panasonic FZ70 and Pentax K-7, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the FZ70 (16MP) and the K-7 (15MP) is very well matched but the FZ70 (1/2.3") and K-7 (APS-C) boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The FZ70 was manufactured 3 years after the K-7 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ70 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-7 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going straight to a full comparison, here is a short highlight of how the FZ70 matches up versus the K-7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ70 over the Pentax K-7

 FZ70 K-7 
RevealedJuly 2013October 2009More modern by 47 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K-7 over the Panasonic FZ70

 K-7 FZ70 
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ70 and Pentax K-7

 FZ70 K-7 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ70 comes with external dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") along with a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) and the Pentax K-7 has sizing of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the FZ70 and the K-7.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ70 and K-7 is 63 and 60 respectively.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading through specifications. The image underneath should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ70 and K-7.

Plainly, both cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The FZ70 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic FZ70 will resolve more detail due to its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The younger FZ70 will have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Portrait photography camera
56
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
sensor is small (1/2.3")
73
you can focus manually
decent MP (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Street photography factors
Pentax K-7 Street photography factors
49
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (606g)
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Sports photography camera
55
incredible zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
good battery power (400 CIPA)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
70
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 Travel photography info
Pentax K-7 Travel photography info
55
good battery power (400 CIPA)
megapixel count good (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (20mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (606g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
environment proofing
decent MP (15 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Landscape photography camera
54
manual focus
fairly wide (20mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (400 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse function
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ70 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-7 as a Vlogging camera
26
fairly wide (20mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competition (606 grams)
25
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic support
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Panasonic FZ70 vs Pentax K-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ70 and Pentax K-7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70Pentax K-7
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Pentax K-7
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2013-07-18 2009-10-02
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4672 x 3104
Maximum native ISO 3200 2000
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 20-1200mm (60.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT Screen LCD Display TFT color LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 202 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 9.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m 13.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (50i/60i, 25p/30p), 1280 x 720p (50p/60p or 25p/30p), 640 x 480 (25p/30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 1536 x 1024 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 606 grams (1.34 pounds) 750 grams (1.65 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 97 x 118mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 4.6") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 41 61
DXO Color Depth score 19.4 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 10.6
DXO Low light score 171 536
Other
Battery life 400 photos 980 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/MMC
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $300 $599