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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Pentax K-1 front
Portability
55
Imaging
76
Features
82
Overall
78

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 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
  • 159g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-ZX3
Pentax K-1
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 204800
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Introduced February 2016
  • New Model is Pentax K-1 II
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Overview

Following is a extensive analysis of the Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the ZR3 (14MP) and K-1 (36MP) and the ZR3 (1/2.3") and K-1 (Full frame) feature different sensor sizing.

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The ZR3 was brought out 7 years before the K-1 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic ZR3 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief overview of how the ZR3 matches up versus the K-1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Pentax K-1

 ZR3 K-1 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 over the Panasonic ZR3

 K-1 ZR3 
IntroducedFebruary 2016January 2010More modern by 73 months
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1037k230kClearer screen (+807k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax K-1

 ZR3 K-1 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZR3 comes with outer measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-1 has sizing of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") and a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the ZR3 versus the K-1.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the ZR3 and K-1 is 94 and 55 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizes merely by looking through technical specs. The picture below should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the ZR3 and K-1.

As you can tell, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The ZR3 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF trickier and the Pentax K-1 will result in more detail having its extra 22 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged ZR3 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-1 Portrait photography info
28
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
85
has manual focus
excellent megapixels (36 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-1 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
70
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
very good ISO range (204,800)
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-1 as a Sports photography camera
37
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
supports tracking focus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent megapixels (36 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (4.4 frames/s)
low battery life (760 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-1 as a Travel photography camera
65
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
53
weather sealing
excellent megapixels (36MP)
low battery life (760 per charge)
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-1 Landscape photography features
37
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
81
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
good sized screen (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent megapixels (36MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (204,800)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
has double storage slots
low battery life (760 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging advice
Pentax K-1 Vlogging advice
29
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
31
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
does not contain selfie friendly display
more heavy than others (1,010 grams)
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax K-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Pentax K-1
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Pentax K-1
Alternate name Lumix DMC-ZX3 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Released 2010-01-26 2016-02-17
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine HD II -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 36MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 7360 x 4912
Max native ISO 6400 204800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 33
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.7" 3.2"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1300s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 4.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.30 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Built-in
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159g (0.35 pounds) 1010g (2.23 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 96
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 3280
Other
Battery life - 760 shots
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Storage slots 1 2
Retail pricing $280 $1,499