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Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18

Portability
66
Imaging
41
Features
32
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
 
Pentax Optio RZ18 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
38

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Key Specs

Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic LZ20
  • Successor is Panasonic LZ40
Pentax RZ18
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Introduced September 2011
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Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Overview

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the LZ30 (16MP) and the RZ18 (16MP) is very comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The LZ30 was revealed 17 months after the RZ18 making them a generation away from one another. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic LZ30 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax RZ18 being a Compact camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the LZ30 matches up vs the RZ18 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Pentax RZ18

 LZ30 RZ18 
IntroducedJanuary 2013September 2011Newer by 17 months

Reasons to pick Pentax RZ18 over the Panasonic LZ30

 RZ18 LZ30 
Manual focus Very accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic LZ30 and Pentax RZ18

 LZ30 RZ18 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic LZ30 features outside measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") with a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs) whilst the Pentax RZ18 has dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have attached at that time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the LZ30 against the RZ18.

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the LZ30 and RZ18 is 66 and 92 respectively.

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Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions just by going through specifications. The image here might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the LZ30 and RZ18.

To sum up, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the identical resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of pictures although you would want to take the launch date of the cameras into account. The newer LZ30 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LZ30 Portrait photography information
Pentax RZ18 Portrait photography information
32
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
37
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LZ30 Street photography features
Pentax RZ18 Street photography features
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than average in class (552g)
66
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
lighter than competitors in class (178g)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic LZ30
Sports photography with Pentax RZ18
48
incredible zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery power (380 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
47
excellent zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography info
Pentax RZ18 Travel photography info
56
good battery power (380 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long reach (875mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average in class (552g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
71
lighter than competitors in class (178 grams)
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (450mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography details
Pentax RZ18 Landscape photography details
45
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
good battery power (380 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse function
50
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LZ30 Vlogging highlights
Pentax RZ18 Vlogging highlights
23
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic port
heavier than average in class (552 grams)
30
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (178 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone socket
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Panasonic LZ30 vs Pentax RZ18 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LZ30 and Pentax RZ18
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30Pentax Optio RZ18
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Pentax Optio RZ18
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-01-07 2011-09-12
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-875mm (35.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.40 m 2.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 552g (1.22 lbs) 178g (0.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 380 pictures -
Battery type AA -
Battery model 4 x AA D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 0r 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $230 $210