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Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
29
Overall
33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 front
 
Pentax K100D front
Portability
64
Imaging
46
Features
36
Overall
42

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Key Specs

Panasonic TS2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 188g - 99 x 63 x 24mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT2
  • Old Model is Panasonic TS1
  • Successor is Panasonic TS3
Pentax K100D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 660g - 129 x 93 x 70mm
  • Revealed December 2006
  • Successor is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Panasonic TS2 and Pentax K100D, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the TS2 (14MP) and K100D (6MP) and the TS2 (1/2.3") and K100D (APS-C) have different sensor size.

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The TS2 was revealed 3 years after the K100D which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic TS2 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K100D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple overview of how the TS2 grades against the K100D in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS2 over the Pentax K100D

 TS2 K100D 
RevealedJanuary 2010December 2006More modern by 39 months
Display size2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution230k210kCrisper display (+20k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D over the Panasonic TS2

 K100D TS2 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Common features in the Panasonic TS2 and Pentax K100D

 TS2 K100D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic TS2 has physical dimensions of 99mm x 63mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") and a weight of 188 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Pentax K100D has measurements of 129mm x 93mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8") and a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the TS2 against the K100D.

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the TS2 and K100D is 93 and 64 respectively.

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to imagine the gap in sensor sizes only by seeing specs. The image underneath will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the TS2 and K100D.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The TS2 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Panasonic TS2 will show extra detail because of its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The younger TS2 provides an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS2 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K100D as a Portrait photography camera
28
decent MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
51
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
sensor resolution low (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS2 Street photography info
Pentax K100D Street photography info
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
58
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
more heavy than competition in class (660g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS2 Sports photography information
Pentax K100D Sports photography information
40
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS2 Travel photography info
Pentax K100D Travel photography info
67
weather proofing
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
42
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (660g)
sensor resolution low (6 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS2 Landscape photography information
Pentax K100D Landscape photography information
40
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
weather proofing
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
52
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
small screen (2.5")
does not have liveview
sensor resolution low (6MP)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS2 Vlogging advice
Pentax K100D Vlogging advice
28
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone support
9
no video
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Panasonic TS2 vs Pentax K100D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS2 and Pentax K100D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2Pentax K100D
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Pentax K100D
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FT2 -
Type Waterproof Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2010-01-26 2006-12-03
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine HD II -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 6 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 210k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1300s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.10 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 None
Video format AVCHD Lite -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 188 gr (0.41 lbs) 660 gr (1.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 99 x 63 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") 129 x 93 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8")
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 model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC card
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $350 $0