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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20

Portability
63
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 front
 
Pentax Optio VS20 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ80
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 20-1200mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 616g - 130 x 94 x 119mm
  • Introduced January 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ82
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
  • Introduced January 2012
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Panasonic FZ80 versus Pentax VS20, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the FZ80 (18MP) and the VS20 (16MP) is very similar and they use the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FZ80 was released 5 years later than the VS20 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ80 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax VS20 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a brief overview of how the FZ80 scores against the VS20 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ80 over the Pentax VS20

 FZ80 VS20 
IntroducedJanuary 2017January 2012More recent by 61 months
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax VS20 over the Panasonic FZ80

 VS20 FZ80 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax VS20

 FZ80 VS20 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ80 provides external dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") with a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs) while the Pentax VS20 has dimensions of 111mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FZ80 versus Pentax VS20 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the FZ80 and the VS20.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FZ80 and VS20 is 63 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements only by reading specs. The graphic here will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ80 and VS20.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic FZ80 to offer greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The newer FZ80 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Portrait photography features
Pentax VS20 Portrait photography features
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you can focus manually
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Street photography factors
Pentax VS20 Street photography factors
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
boasts touch to focus
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (616g)
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (235g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Sports photography information
Pentax VS20 Sports photography information
57
incredible zoom range (20-1200mm 60.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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long zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ80
Travel photography with Pentax VS20
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boasts touch to focus
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (20mm)
very long zoom (1200mm)
heavier than competition in class (616g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition in class (235 grams)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Landscape photography details
Pentax VS20 Landscape photography details
57
you can focus manually
quite wide (20mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
exports RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ80 Vlogging details
Pentax VS20 Vlogging details
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quite wide (20mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
heavier than competition in class (616g)
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decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (235g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic port
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Panasonic FZ80 vs Pentax VS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ80 and Pentax VS20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80Pentax Optio VS20
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80 Pentax Optio VS20
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ82 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2017-01-04 2012-01-25
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4896 x 3672 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 3
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 20-1200mm (60.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.1-4.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2500s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 14.10 m (at Auto ISO) 2.80 m
Flash options 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, Soft
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
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 616 gr (1.36 lb) 235 gr (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 119mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.7") 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 330 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI122
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $399 $106