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Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70

Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Key Specs

Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Launched December 2011
  • Older Model is Panasonic LX3
  • Newer Model is Panasonic LX7
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2009
Photography Glossary

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Panasonic LX5 versus Pentax E70, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the LX5 (10MP) and the E70 (10MP) is fairly close but the LX5 (1/1.63") and E70 (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor sizes.

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The LX5 was launched 2 years later than the E70 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a full comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the LX5 grades against the E70 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Pentax E70

 LX5 E70 
IntroducedDecember 2011January 2009Fresher by 36 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display dimension3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution460k112kCrisper display (+348k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic LX5

 E70 LX5 

Common features in the Panasonic LX5 and Pentax E70

 LX5 E70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic LX5 has got external measurements of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) whilst the Pentax E70 has sizing of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at the time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the LX5 against the E70.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the LX5 and E70 is 88 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by looking through a spec sheet. The visual below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the LX5 and E70.

As you can see, both of these cameras posses the exact same MP but different sensor sizing. The LX5 uses the larger sensor which will make achieving shallower DOF simpler. The more modern LX5 should have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax E70 Portrait photography highlights
41
has manual focus
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.63")
19
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Street photography info
Pentax E70 Street photography info
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (271 grams)
47
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Sports photography factors
Pentax E70 Sports photography factors
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/1.63")
has no phase detect auto focus
16
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Travel photography features
Pentax E70 Travel photography features
59
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (271 grams)
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
50
flash built-in
no Time Lapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Landscape photography features
Pentax E70 Landscape photography features
52
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse recording
22
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.4")
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Vlogging details
Pentax E70 Vlogging details
29
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic socket
heavier than competition (271g)
22
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic support
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Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX5 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Pentax Optio E70
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-12-15 2009-01-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-90mm (3.8x) 35-105mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-3.3 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.4 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dots 112k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.20 m 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD Lite Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 271g (0.60 lb) 175g (0.39 lb)
Dimensions 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 41 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 132 not tested
Other
Battery ID - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $294 $140