Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 front
Pentax Optio VS20 front

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Key Specs

Panasonic LX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-72mm (F1.4-2.8) lens
  • 310g - 106 x 60 x 42mm
  • Revealed September 2016
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-LX15
  • Superseded the Panasonic LX7
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
  • Revealed January 2012
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Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Panasonic LX10 versus Pentax VS20, former being a Large Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the LX10 (20MP) and VS20 (16MP) and the LX10 (1") and VS20 (1/2.3") possess different sensor measurements.

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The LX10 was brought out 4 years later than the VS20 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic LX10 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Pentax VS20 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the LX10 matches up vs the VS20 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX10 over the Pentax VS20

 LX10 VS20 
RevealedSeptember 2016January 2012More recent by 57 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax VS20 over the Panasonic LX10

 VS20 LX10 

Common features in the Panasonic LX10 and Pentax VS20

 LX10 VS20 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LX10 features outside dimensions of 106mm x 60mm x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") and a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) whilst the Pentax VS20 has proportions of 111mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5") having a weight of 235 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have during that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the LX10 versus the VS20.

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the LX10 and VS20 is 88 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to visualize the difference in sensor measurements merely by seeing specs. The photograph below should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the LX10 and VS20.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The LX10 because of its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic LX10 will produce greater detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images far more aggressively. The more modern LX10 provides an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Portrait photography details
Pentax VS20 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual control
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Street photography details
Pentax VS20 Street photography details
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
includes touch focus
lighter than average (310g)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (235 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic LX10
Sports photography with Pentax VS20
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
comes with tracking focus
bad battery (260 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
amazing zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Travel photography advice
Pentax VS20 Travel photography advice
lighter than average (310 grams)
includes touch focus
MP count good (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.4)
bad battery (260 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
lighter than competitors in class (235 grams)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
long zoom (560mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Landscape photography factors
Pentax VS20 Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.4)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
bad battery (260 shots)
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Vlogging advice
Pentax VS20 Vlogging advice
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.4)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than average (310 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (235 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone support
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Panasonic LX10 vs Pentax VS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX10 and Pentax VS20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10Pentax Optio VS20
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Pentax Optio VS20
Also called as Lumix DMC-LX15 -
Category Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2016-09-19 2012-01-25
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 49 3
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-72mm (3.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/1.4-2.8 f/3.1-4.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Minimum shutter speed 60s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2500s
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.10 m (at Auto ISO) 2.80 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto w/ red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
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, 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 MP4, H.264, AAC Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 310g (0.68 lb) 235g (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 60 x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") 111 x 61 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 20 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 581 not tested
Battery life 260 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI122
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $700 $106