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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
 
Pentax K-1 Mark II front
Portability
55
Imaging
78
Features
82
Overall
79

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Key Specs

Panasonic ZS25
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 193g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS20
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS30
Pentax K-1 II
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 819200
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF4 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Superseded the Pentax K-1
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the ZS25 (16MP) and K-1 II (36MP) and the ZS25 (1/2.3") and K-1 II (Full frame) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The ZS25 was revealed 6 years before the K-1 II which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic ZS25 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-1 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the ZS25 grades against the K-1 II with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS25 over the Pentax K-1 II

 ZS25 K-1 II 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 II over the Panasonic ZS25

 K-1 II ZS25 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018January 2013More modern by 62 months
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1037k460kClearer screen (+577k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax K-1 II

 ZS25 K-1 II 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS25 features exterior dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) while the Pentax K-1 II has sizing of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") with a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the ZS25 against the K-1 II.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS25 and K-1 II is 93 and 55 respectively.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the difference in sensor sizes simply by viewing a spec sheet. The pic below will offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS25 and K-1 II.

Clearly, each of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The ZS25 with its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF more difficult and the Pentax K-1 II will provide you with greater detail because of its extra 20MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged ZS25 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-1 II as a Portrait photography camera
32
MP count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
86
has manual focus
high resolution (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-1 II as a Street photography camera
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus via touch
lighter than competition (193 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
70
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
very good ISO range (819,200)
more heavy than others in class (1,010g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Sports photography advice
Pentax K-1 II Sports photography advice
45
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (260 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
77
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.4 fps)
not so great battery pack (670 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Travel photography information
Pentax K-1 II Travel photography information
69
lighter than competition (193g)
provides focus via touch
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery power (260 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
53
environment sealing
high resolution (36MP)
not so great battery pack (670 shots)
more heavy than others in class (1,010 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Landscape photography details
Pentax K-1 II Landscape photography details
43
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
terrible battery power (260 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
82
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF4 mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (819,200)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
has double storage slots
not so great battery pack (670 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Vlogging details
Pentax K-1 II Vlogging details
34
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (193 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
32
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than others in class (1,010 grams)
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax K-1 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax K-1 II
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25Pentax K-1 Mark II
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Pentax K-1 Mark II
Other name Lumix DMC-TZ35 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2013-01-07 2018-02-22
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - PRIME IV
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 36 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4896 x 3672 7360 x 4912
Maximum native ISO 6400 819200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 33
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF4
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Total lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1200 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 4.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro 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
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None 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
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Built-in
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193g (0.43 pounds) 1010g (2.23 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 shots 670 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Storage slots Single 2
Retail cost $300 $1,737