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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
27

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 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
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-ZX3
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Waterproof by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a considerable gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZR3 (14MP) and WS80 (10MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The ZR3 was manufactured 6 months later than the WS80 and they are both of a similar age. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a short view of how the ZR3 scores against the WS80 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Pentax WS80

 ZR3 WS80 

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Panasonic ZR3

 WS80 ZR3 
Manually focus Very precise focusing

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax WS80

 ZR3 WS80 
LaunchedJanuary 2010August 2009Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display size
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic ZR3 provides physical dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Pentax WS80 has specifications of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the ZR3 vs the WS80.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZR3 and WS80 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to imagine the difference in sensor measurements purely by viewing a spec sheet. The visual here will give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZR3 and WS80.

As you can see, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZR3 to provide you with greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Portrait photography camera
28
megapixel count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
26
has manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Street photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Street photography camera
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
59
environment proof
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZR3
Sports photography with Pentax WS80
37
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
23
environment proof
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Travel photography factors
Pentax WS80 Travel photography factors
65
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
61
lighter than competitors (125g)
environment proof
has built in flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZR3
Landscape photography with Pentax WS80
37
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse function
31
has manual focus
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging details
Pentax WS80 Vlogging details
29
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone jack
25
lighter than competitors (125g)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic socket
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Pentax WS80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Pentax Optio WS80
Also called as Lumix DMC-ZX3 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Announced 2010-01-26 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine HD II Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
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 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
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 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1300 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.30 m 3.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD Lite Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 gr (0.35 lbs) 125 gr (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $280 $220