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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS 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
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-ZX3
Pentax WG-2 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 198g - 122 x 61 x 30mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Waterproof by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the ZR3 (14MP) and the WG-2 GPS (16MP) is pretty close and they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ZR3 was brought out 24 months before the WG-2 GPS which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a full comparison, below is a quick summation of how the ZR3 scores against the WG-2 GPS for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 ZR3 WG-2 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Panasonic ZR3

 WG-2 GPS ZR3 
IntroducedFebruary 2012January 2010Newer by 24 months
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 ZR3 WG-2 GPS 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZR3 offers outside 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 WG-2 GPS has dimensions of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the ZR3 against the WG-2 GPS.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZR3 and WG-2 GPS is 94 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions just by viewing a spec sheet. The picture here will offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZR3 and WG-2 GPS.

As you can see, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You can expect the Pentax WG-2 GPS to result in greater detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged ZR3 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax WG-2 GPS Portrait photography highlights
28
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
40
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Street photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Street photography camera
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
54
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Sports photography factors
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography factors
37
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
38
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Travel photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography advice
65
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
70
weather sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Landscape photography factors
Pentax WG-2 GPS Landscape photography factors
37
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse function
47
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good megapixels (16MP)
weather sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging highlights
Pentax WG-2 GPS Vlogging highlights
29
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone port
30
fairly wide (28mm)
provides face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing mic port
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Also called as Lumix DMC-ZX3 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2010-01-26 2012-02-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine HD II -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.30 m 5.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159g (0.35 lbs) 198g (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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 - 260 photographs
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $280 $300