Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 front
Pentax K-5 front

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ80
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Launched January 2017
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FZ82
Pentax K-5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 740g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Revealed December 2010
  • Superseded the Pentax K-7
  • Successor is Pentax K-5 IIs
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Panasonic FZ80 versus Pentax K-5, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ80 (18MP) and the K-5 (16MP) is pretty close but the FZ80 (1/2.3") and K-5 (APS-C) use different sensor size.

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The FZ80 was manufactured 6 years later than the K-5 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ80 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax K-5 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the FZ80 scores against the K-5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ80 over the Pentax K-5

 FZ80 K-5 
RevealedJanuary 2017December 2010Fresher by 74 months
Screen resolution1040k921kCrisper screen (+119k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 over the Panasonic FZ80

 K-5 FZ80 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax K-5

 FZ80 K-5 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ80 comes with outside dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") with a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-5 has proportions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") and a weight of 740 grams (1.63 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FZ80 versus Pentax K-5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the FZ80 versus the K-5.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ80 and K-5 is 63 and 60 respectively.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizing merely by viewing a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ80 and K-5.

As you can see, both cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FZ80 because of its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Panasonic FZ80 will render greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The fresher FZ80 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ80
Portrait photography with Pentax K-5
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Street photography advice
Pentax K-5 Street photography advice
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
offers focus via touch
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
heavier than competition (616g)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ80
Sports photography with Pentax K-5
great zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
has tracking focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-5 as a Travel photography camera
offers focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (20mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
heavier than competition (616g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
environment sealing
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ80
Landscape photography with Pentax K-5
has manual focus
pretty wide (20mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-5 as a Vlogging camera
pretty wide (20mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic port
heavier than competition (616g)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax K-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax K-5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80Pentax K-5
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 Pentax K-5
Other name Lumix DMC-FZ82 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Launched 2017-01-04 2010-12-18
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Prime II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4896 x 3672 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 51200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 49 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 20-1200mm (60.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Total lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.61x
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 14.10 m (at Auto ISO) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings 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, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (25, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 616 grams (1.36 lbs) 740 grams (1.63 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 82
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.1
DXO Low light score not tested 1162
Battery life 330 photographs 980 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch price $399 $800