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Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Released June 2016
  • Successor is Pentax KF
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Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Panasonic SZ5 versus Pentax K-70, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the SZ5 (14MP) and K-70 (24MP) and the SZ5 (1/2.3") and K-70 (APS-C) offer different sensor sizing.

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The SZ5 was manufactured 4 years prior to the K-70 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic SZ5 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the SZ5 matches up versus the K-70 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Pentax K-70

 SZ5 K-70 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Panasonic SZ5

 K-70 SZ5 
ReleasedJune 2016July 2012More modern by 47 months
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Panasonic SZ5 and Pentax K-70

 SZ5 K-70 
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera often, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic SZ5 features physical measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Pentax K-70 has measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") along with a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

Check the Panasonic SZ5 versus Pentax K-70 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the SZ5 and the K-70.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the SZ5 and K-70 is 95 and 62 respectively.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes only by looking at technical specs. The picture here will give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ5 and K-70.

As you can tell, the two cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The SZ5 because of its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more challenging and the Pentax K-70 will give you greater detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged SZ5 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography features
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography features
34
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
80
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Street photography highlights
Pentax K-70 Street photography highlights
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
71
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
above average ISO range (102,400)
heavier than competitors (688g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography information
Pentax K-70 Sports photography information
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
72
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
has phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Travel photography camera
70
lighter than competition (136g)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
64
weather sealing
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
terrible battery (410 shots)
heavier than competitors (688 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Landscape photography camera
42
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
terrible battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging features
Pentax K-70 Vlogging features
32
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (136 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
71
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic socket
heavier than competitors (688g)
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Panasonic SZ5 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ5 and Pentax K-70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5Pentax K-70
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Pentax K-70
Category Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2012-07-18 2016-06-08
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip - PRIME MII
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 1600 102400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.63x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 136 grams (0.30 lbs) 688 grams (1.52 lbs)
Physical dimensions 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
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 250 photographs 410 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $195 $649