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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
 
Pentax K20D front
Portability
59
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Key Specs

Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Succeeded the Panasonic TS3
  • Refreshed by Panasonic TS5
Pentax K20D
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Announced June 2008
  • Replaced the Pentax K10D
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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Panasonic TS4 and Pentax K20D, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the TS4 (12MP) and the K20D (15MP) is very comparable but the TS4 (1/2.3") and K20D (APS-C) boast totally different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The TS4 was manufactured 3 years after the K20D which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic TS4 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K20D being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short summation of how the TS4 scores vs the K20D for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Pentax K20D

 TS4 K20D 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012June 2008More modern by 44 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K20D over the Panasonic TS4

 K20D TS4 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic TS4 and Pentax K20D

 TS4 K20D 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic TS4 enjoys physical measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Pentax K20D has measurements of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic TS4 and Pentax K20D in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the TS4 compared to the K20D.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the TS4 and K20D is 92 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to visualise the gap in sensor sizes purely by seeing specifications. The image below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the TS4 and K20D.

Plainly, each of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The TS4 due to its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF more challenging and the Pentax K20D will show more detail due to its extra 3MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos more aggressively. The fresher TS4 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS4 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K20D as a Portrait photography camera
21
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
72
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS4 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K20D as a Street photography camera
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K20D Sports photography highlights
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery (310 CIPA)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
68
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
environment proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Travel photography highlights
Pentax K20D Travel photography highlights
66
better than average battery (310 shots)
environment proof
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
64
environment proofing
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Landscape photography information
Pentax K20D Landscape photography information
41
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
better than average battery (310 per charge)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
71
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Vlogging information
Pentax K20D Vlogging information
32
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic socket
9
no video shooting
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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax K20D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS4 and Pentax K20D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4Pentax K20D
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax K20D
Also called Lumix DMC-FT4 -
Type Waterproof Advanced DSLR
Announced 2012-01-31 2008-06-25
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4672 x 3104
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) -
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 197g (0.43 pounds) 800g (1.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 65
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.1
DXO Low light score not tested 639
Other
Battery life 310 photographs -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $399 $700