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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS front
Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Key Specs

Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Introduced January 2012
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Succeeded the Panasonic TS3
  • New Model is Panasonic TS5
Pentax WG-1 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 167g - 116 x 59 x 29mm
  • Launched August 2011
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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic TS4 versus Pentax WG-1 GPS, both Waterproof digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the TS4 (12MP) and the WG-1 GPS (14MP) is fairly well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TS4 was brought out 6 months after the WG-1 GPS which means that they are of a similar age. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the TS4 grades vs the WG-1 GPS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Pentax WG-1 GPS

 TS4 WG-1 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 GPS over the Panasonic TS4

 WG-1 GPS TS4 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic TS4 and Pentax WG-1 GPS

 TS4 WG-1 GPS 
LaunchedJanuary 2012August 2011Similar age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display size
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic TS4 enjoys physical dimensions of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Pentax WG-1 GPS has measurements of 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose at that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the TS4 compared to the WG-1 GPS.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the TS4 and WG-1 GPS is 92 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizes merely by looking at specs. The picture underneath will give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the TS4 and WG-1 GPS.

All in all, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can anticipate the Pentax WG-1 GPS to give more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics far more aggressively.

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Portrait photography features
Pentax WG-1 GPS Portrait photography features
21
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
35
has manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Street photography factors
Pentax WG-1 GPS Street photography factors
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
54
weather proofing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Sports photography information
Pentax WG-1 GPS Sports photography information
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
great battery power (310 per charge)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
37
megapixel count good (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Travel photography information
Pentax WG-1 GPS Travel photography information
66
great battery power (310 CIPA)
environment proof
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
MP count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
71
weather proofing
megapixel count good (14MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS4 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
41
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
great battery power (310 shots)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7")
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
42
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS4 Vlogging info
Pentax WG-1 GPS Vlogging info
32
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic support
25
quite wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone support
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Panasonic TS4 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS4 and Pentax WG-1 GPS
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-FT4 -
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Introduced 2012-01-31 2011-08-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-128mm (4.6x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT LCD TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1300 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 197 grams (0.43 lb) 167 grams (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") 116 x 59 x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 310 shots 260 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $399 $350