Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front
Pentax K200D front

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Key Specs

Panasonic LX100
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Replacement is Panasonic LX100 II
Pentax K200D
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 690g - 134 x 95 x 74mm
  • Announced September 2008
  • Old Model is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Overview

Let's look closer at the Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the LX100 (13MP) and K200D (10MP) and the LX100 (Four Thirds) and K200D (APS-C) possess different sensor sizes.

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The LX100 was announced 6 years after the K200D which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic LX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Pentax K200D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a concise overview of how the LX100 matches up against the K200D when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 over the Pentax K200D

 LX100 K200D 
AnnouncedSeptember 2014September 2008More modern by 74 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K200D over the Panasonic LX100

 K200D LX100 

Common features in the Panasonic LX100 and Pentax K200D

 LX100 K200D 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LX100 enjoys outside dimensions of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") and a weight of 393 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Pentax K200D has proportions of 134mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9") having a weight of 690 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the LX100 vs the K200D.

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the LX100 and K200D is 83 and 61 respectively.

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes just by researching a spec sheet. The picture here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the LX100 and K200D.

Clearly, both cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The LX100 having a smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Panasonic LX100 will render extra detail with its extra 3MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more modern LX100 should have an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Portrait photography info
Pentax K200D Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
good resolution (13MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
delivers RAW files
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low resolution (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Street photography info
Pentax K200D Street photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
fixed screen
more heavy than competitors (690g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Sports photography details
Pentax K200D Sports photography details
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (13MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
max fps low (3.0 fps)
low resolution (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Travel photography info
Pentax K200D Travel photography info
supports touch focus
good resolution (13MP)
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
environment proofing
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (690 grams)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX100 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K200D as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (13 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
doesn't have liveview
low resolution (10 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Vlogging factors
Pentax K200D Vlogging factors
decently wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external mic jack
can't shoot video
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Panasonic LX100 vs Pentax K200D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX100 and Pentax K200D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100Pentax K200D
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Pentax K200D
Category Large Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2014-09-15 2008-09-01
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 13 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 4112 x 3088 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 49 11
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-75mm (3.1x) -
Highest aperture f/1.7-2.8 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 2,764 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 11.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 393 gr (0.87 pounds) 690 gr (1.52 pounds)
Dimensions 115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") 134 x 95 x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 67 64
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 22.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 11.4
DXO Low light rating 553 561
Battery life 300 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $800 $600