Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 front
Pentax K-1 front

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-250mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 312g - 111 x 65 x 44mm
  • Introduced January 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ100
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS200
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 Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Released February 2016
  • Replacement is Pentax K-1 II
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Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Panasonic ZS100 versus Pentax K-1, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the ZS100 (20MP) and K-1 (36MP) and the ZS100 (1") and K-1 (Full frame) possess totally different sensor measurements.

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The ZS100 was released very close to the K-1 and they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Pentax K-1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the ZS100 scores vs the K-1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS100 over the Pentax K-1

 ZS100 K-1 
Screen resolution1040k1037kClearer screen (+3k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 over the Panasonic ZS100

 K-1 ZS100 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic ZS100 and Pentax K-1

 ZS100 K-1 
ReleasedJanuary 2016February 2016Similar generation
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS100 has got exterior dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 312 grams (0.69 lbs) while the Pentax K-1 has specifications of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") and a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic ZS100 versus Pentax K-1 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use at that moment. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the ZS100 against the K-1.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS100 and K-1 is 87 and 55 respectively.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to envision the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reviewing specs. The image underneath may offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS100 and K-1.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The ZS100 featuring a tinier sensor will make shooting bokeh trickier and the Pentax K-1 will deliver extra detail as a result of its extra 16MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs much more aggressively.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS100
Portrait photography with Pentax K-1
manual focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
has manual focus
excellent MP (36MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS100
Street photography with Pentax K-1
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
has focus via touch
lighter than competition in class (312 grams)
fixed screen
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
great high ISO (204,800)
heavier than competition (1,010g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Sports photography features
Pentax K-1 Sports photography features
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
offers tracking autofocus
has no phase detect auto focus
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (4.4 fps)
bad battery pack (760 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS100
Travel photography with Pentax K-1
lighter than competition in class (312 grams)
has focus via touch
MP count decent (20MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
environment proof
excellent MP (36 megapixels)
bad battery pack (760 CIPA)
heavier than competition (1,010g)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-1 Landscape photography features
manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (204,800)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
2 card slots
bad battery pack (760 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS100
Vlogging with Pentax K-1
rather wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (312 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic support
does not posses selfie friendly screen
heavier than competition (1,010 grams)
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Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax K-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS100 and Pentax K-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100Pentax K-1
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Pentax K-1
Also called Lumix DMC-TZ100 -
Type Large Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2016-01-05 2016-02-17
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine -
Sensor type MOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 36 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 7360 x 4912
Max native ISO 12800 204800
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Lowest enhanced ISO 80 -
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 49 33
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3.2 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 1,166 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.7x
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 9.9fps 4.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.00 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off 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
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/200 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Built-in
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 312 gr (0.69 lb) 1010 gr (2.23 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 70 96
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 25.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 14.6
DXO Low light rating 559 3280
Battery life 300 photos 760 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Card slots Single Two
Launch cost $700 $1,499