Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 front
Pentax K-1 front

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ80
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 616g - 130 x 94 x 119mm
  • Released January 2017
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FZ82
Pentax K-1
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 204800
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Launched February 2016
  • Newer Model is Pentax K-1 II
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax K-1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the FZ80 (18MP) and K-1 (36MP) and the FZ80 (1/2.3") and K-1 (Full frame) posses different sensor measurements.

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The FZ80 was brought out 11 months later than the K-1 and they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ80 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick overview of how the FZ80 grades versus the K-1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ80 over the Pentax K-1

 FZ80 K-1 
LaunchedJanuary 2017February 2016Fresher by 11 months
Display resolution1040k1037kClearer display (+3k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 over the Panasonic FZ80

 K-1 FZ80 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax K-1

 FZ80 K-1 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ80 comes with outside dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") accompanied by a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs) while the Pentax K-1 has specifications of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") along with a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the FZ80 and the K-1.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FZ80 and K-1 is 63 and 55 respectively.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizing just by researching specifications. The graphic underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ80 and K-1.

Plainly, both the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FZ80 because of its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field tougher and the Pentax K-1 will result in greater detail having its extra 18 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The newer FZ80 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Portrait photography information
Pentax K-1 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has manual focus
fantastic resolution (36MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Street photography factors
Pentax K-1 Street photography factors
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
includes touch to focus
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (616 grams)
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
great ISO range (204,800)
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Sports photography info
Pentax K-1 Sports photography info
long zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (36MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (4.4 frames/s)
terrible battery power (760 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ80
Travel photography with Pentax K-1
includes touch to focus
good megapixels (18MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (20mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
heavier than competitors in class (616g)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
environment proofing
fantastic resolution (36 megapixels)
terrible battery power (760 CIPA)
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ80
Landscape photography with Pentax K-1
focusing manually
quite wide (20mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (36 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great ISO range (204,800)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
2 card slots
terrible battery power (760 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Vlogging details
Pentax K-1 Vlogging details
quite wide (20mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic port
heavier than competitors in class (616 grams)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone support
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax K-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80Pentax K-1
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 Pentax K-1
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FZ82 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2017-01-04 2016-02-17
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 36 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3672 7360 x 4912
Maximum native ISO 3200 204800
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 33
Cross focus points - 25
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 20-1200mm (60.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3" 3.2"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.7x
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 4.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 14.10 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, 1st Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/200 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Built-in
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 616 gr (1.36 lbs) 1010 gr (2.23 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 94 x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 96
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.6
DXO Low light score not tested 3280
Battery life 330 pictures 760 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Card slots One Dual
Retail pricing $399 $1,499