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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
 
Pentax Optio H90 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS25
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 193g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2013
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS20
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS30
Pentax H90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 65 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2010
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Panasonic ZS25 versus Pentax H90, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the ZS25 (16MP) and H90 (12MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ZS25 was announced 2 years after the H90 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a short summation of how the ZS25 grades versus the H90 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS25 over the Pentax H90

 ZS25 H90 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013January 2010More modern by 36 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax H90 over the Panasonic ZS25

 H90 ZS25 
Manually focus Dial precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax H90

 ZS25 H90 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS25 has got physical dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Pentax H90 has measurements of 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the ZS25 against the H90.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS25 and H90 is 93 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to picture the gap between sensor sizes only by going over specifications. The pic here may give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS25 and H90.

Plainly, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic ZS25 to offer you more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The fresher ZS25 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS25
Portrait photography with Pentax H90
32
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
27
has manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Street photography advice
Pentax H90 Street photography advice
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (193 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
56
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Sports photography details
Pentax H90 Sports photography details
45
great zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200s)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (260 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
31
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Travel photography information
Pentax H90 Travel photography information
69
lighter than competition in class (193g)
boasts focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (480mm)
lack of Timelapse function
terrible battery (260 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
57
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Landscape photography features
Pentax H90 Landscape photography features
43
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
terrible battery (260 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
36
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax H90 as a Vlogging camera
34
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (193g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
28
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic support
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax H90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax H90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25Pentax Optio H90
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Pentax Optio H90
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ35 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-01-07 2010-01-25
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3672 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1200s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 4.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193 grams (0.43 lbs) 153 grams (0.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 101 x 65 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1")
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 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $300 $150