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Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
 
Pentax Optio W60 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
21
Overall
28

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-ZX1
Pentax W60
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 56 x 25mm
  • Revealed July 2009
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Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Panasonic ZR1 versus Pentax W60, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the ZR1 (12MP) and the W60 (10MP) is very comparable and both cameras posses the same sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The ZR1 was introduced within a month of the W60 and they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief summation of how the ZR1 scores vs the W60 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Pentax W60

 ZR1 W60 
Display dimensions2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Pentax W60 over the Panasonic ZR1

 W60 ZR1 
Focus manually More accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZR1 and Pentax W60

 ZR1 W60 
RevealedJuly 2009July 2009Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZR1 has exterior measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Pentax W60 has dimensions of 98mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs).

Check the Panasonic ZR1 versus Pentax W60 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the ZR1 versus the W60.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the ZR1 and W60 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements only by checking out technical specs. The visual underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the ZR1 and W60.

As you can tell, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic ZR1 to produce extra detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Portrait photography info
Pentax W60 Portrait photography info
21
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
26
manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Street photography factors
Pentax W60 Street photography factors
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
54
weather proof
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Sports photography info
Pentax W60 Sports photography info
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
23
weather proof
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Travel photography advice
Pentax W60 Travel photography advice
57
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
64
weather proof
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Landscape photography info
Pentax W60 Landscape photography info
32
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
36
manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
weather proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5")
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Vlogging advice
Pentax W60 Vlogging advice
28
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone socket
25
fairly wide (28mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket
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Panasonic ZR1 vs Pentax W60 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR1 and Pentax W60
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1Pentax Optio W60
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 Pentax Optio W60
Also called Lumix DMC-ZX1 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-07-27 2009-07-01
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine V -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 50
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.10 m 3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720, 15fps, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 30/15 fps
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 158 gr (0.35 pounds) 165 gr (0.36 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 98 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $280 $300