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Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90

Portability
67
Imaging
45
Features
35
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 front
 
Pentax Optio W90 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Key Specs

Panasonic LZ40
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 22-924mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 524g - 126 x 87 x 94mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic LZ30
Pentax W90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 164g - 108 x 59 x 25mm
  • Introduced February 2010
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Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Panasonic LZ40 versus Pentax W90, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Waterproof by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the LZ40 (20MP) and W90 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The LZ40 was launched 3 years after the W90 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic LZ40 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax W90 being a Compact camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the LZ40 scores vs the W90 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ40 over the Pentax W90

 LZ40 W90 
IntroducedJanuary 2014February 2010Newer by 48 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax W90 over the Panasonic LZ40

 W90 LZ40 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic LZ40 and Pentax W90

 LZ40 W90 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic LZ40 has outside measurements of 126mm x 87mm x 94mm (5.0" x 3.4" x 3.7") along with a weight of 524 grams (1.16 lbs) and the Pentax W90 has measurements of 108mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic LZ40 versus Pentax W90 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the LZ40 vs the W90.

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the LZ40 and W90 is 67 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions just by researching specs. The pic underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the LZ40 and W90.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can expect to see the Panasonic LZ40 to result in more detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images more aggressively. The newer LZ40 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LZ40 Portrait photography info
Pentax W90 Portrait photography info
40
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
27
you can focus manually
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic LZ40
Street photography with Pentax W90
45
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than competition (524g)
54
environment proof
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LZ40 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax W90 as a Sports photography camera
47
great zoom range (22-924mm 42.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
features tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
24
environment proof
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic LZ40
Travel photography with Pentax W90
55
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (22mm)
great zoom (924mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (524 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
64
environment proof
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LZ40 Landscape photography features
Pentax W90 Landscape photography features
44
pretty wide (22mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
37
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LZ40 Vlogging highlights
Pentax W90 Vlogging highlights
27
pretty wide (22mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
does have microphone jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
more heavy than competition (524g)
25
quite wide (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone port
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Panasonic LZ40 vs Pentax W90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LZ40 and Pentax W90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40Pentax Optio W90
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 Pentax Optio W90
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2014-01-06 2010-02-24
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 22-924mm (42.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.80 m 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 524g (1.16 lbs) 164g (0.36 lbs)
Physical dimensions 126 x 87 x 94mm (5.0" x 3.4" x 3.7") 108 x 59 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.0")
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 320 photographs -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $219 $120