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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 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 referred to as Lumix DMC-ZX3
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • New Model is Pentax KF
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax K-70, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZR3 (14MP) and K-70 (24MP) and the ZR3 (1/2.3") and K-70 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The ZR3 was brought out 7 years before the K-70 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZR3 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-70 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the ZR3 grades versus the K-70 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Pentax K-70

 ZR3 K-70 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Panasonic ZR3

 K-70 ZR3 
RevealedJune 2016January 2010Fresher by 77 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax K-70

 ZR3 K-70 
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZR3 features external measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Pentax K-70 has measurements of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") with a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the ZR3 compared to the K-70.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZR3 and K-70 is 94 and 62 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to see the difference in sensor sizing just by seeing specs. The visual below will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the ZR3 and K-70.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The ZR3 because of its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Pentax K-70 will show greater detail having its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The older ZR3 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Portrait photography camera
28
good MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
80
has manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Street photography details
Pentax K-70 Street photography details
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
71
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proof
very good high ISO (102,400)
heavier than competition in class (688 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Sports photography info
Pentax K-70 Sports photography info
37
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
includes tracking focus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
comes with phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
terrible battery power (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZR3
Travel photography with Pentax K-70
65
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
64
weather proof
good MP (24MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
terrible battery power (410 per charge)
heavier than competition in class (688g)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-70 as a Landscape photography camera
37
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
78
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (102,400)
exports RAW files
weather proof
terrible battery power (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging info
Pentax K-70 Vlogging info
29
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic port
71
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic port
heavier than competition in class (688 grams)
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax K-70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Pentax K-70
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Pentax K-70
Also called Lumix DMC-ZX3 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2010-01-26 2016-06-08
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine HD II PRIME MII
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 102400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Available lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.63x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1300s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.30 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External flash
AEB
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) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, H.264
Mic 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 Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 grams (0.35 lbs) 688 grams (1.52 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
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 life - 410 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $280 $649