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Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60

Portability
87
Imaging
53
Features
65
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 front
 
Pentax Optio W60 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
21
Overall
28

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase 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
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS200
Pentax W60
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 56 x 25mm
  • Revealed July 2009
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Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Overview

The following is a comprehensive review of the Panasonic ZS100 versus Pentax W60, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There is a significant difference among the image resolutions of the ZS100 (20MP) and W60 (10MP) and the ZS100 (1") and W60 (1/2.3") use different sensor sizes.

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The ZS100 was announced 6 years after the W60 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic ZS100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Pentax W60 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a full comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the ZS100 matches up against the W60 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS100 over the Pentax W60

 ZS100 W60 
RevealedJanuary 2016July 2009Newer by 80 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax W60 over the Panasonic ZS100

 W60 ZS100 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS100 and Pentax W60

 ZS100 W60 
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS100 comes with physical measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 312 grams (0.69 lbs) whilst the Pentax W60 has measurements of 98mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at that moment. The following is the front view size comparison of the ZS100 and the W60.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS100 and W60 is 87 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions purely by seeing a spec sheet. The pic here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS100 and W60.

Clearly, both the cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The ZS100 having a larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Panasonic ZS100 will provide more detail with its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images a little more aggressively. The younger ZS100 provides an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS100
Portrait photography with Pentax W60
65
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
26
you can focus manually
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Street photography info
Pentax W60 Street photography info
78
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
provides touch focus
lighter than others in class (312 grams)
screen does not articulate
54
environment sealing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Sports photography highlights
Pentax W60 Sports photography highlights
68
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect AF
23
environment sealing
slow fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Travel photography information
Pentax W60 Travel photography information
75
lighter than others in class (312 grams)
provides touch focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
environment sealing
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS100
Landscape photography with Pentax W60
68
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
36
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
environment sealing
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5")
no manual control
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS100 Vlogging information
Pentax W60 Vlogging information
36
really wide (25mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than others in class (312 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no external mic jack
25
relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Panasonic ZS100 vs Pentax W60 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS100 and Pentax W60
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100Pentax Optio W60
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Pentax Optio W60
Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ100 -
Type Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2016-01-05 2009-07-01
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type MOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Max enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 50
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 9.9fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
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) 1280 x 720, 15fps, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 30/15 fps
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 312g (0.69 lbs) 165g (0.36 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") 98 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 559 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 pictures -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at release $700 $300