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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
 
Pentax Optio S1 front
Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 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
  • Launched January 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS20
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS30
Pentax S1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 157g - 114 x 58 x 28mm
  • Announced March 2011
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Overview

Below is a extensive assessment of the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax S1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS25 (16MP) and the S1 (14MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The ZS25 was introduced 23 months later than the S1 making them a generation apart from each other. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the ZS25 matches up vs the S1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS25 over the Pentax S1

 ZS25 S1 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013March 2011More recent by 23 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax S1 over the Panasonic ZS25

 S1 ZS25 
Manual focus Very precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax S1

 ZS25 S1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS25 has outer measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Pentax S1 has measurements of 114mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 157 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the ZS25 compared to the S1.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the ZS25 and S1 is 93 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to picture the contrast between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The photograph underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS25 and S1.

All in all, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS25 to resolve more detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images more aggressively. The younger ZS25 should have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax S1 as a Portrait photography camera
32
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
35
has manual focus
good MP (14MP)
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Street photography camera
Pentax S1 as a Street photography camera
66
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
lighter than average (193 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
56
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax S1 as a Sports photography camera
45
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,200s)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
no phase detect AF
39
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
offers tracking focus
low fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS25
Travel photography with Pentax S1
69
lighter than average (193g)
includes touch to focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
great reach (480mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
64
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Landscape photography details
Pentax S1 Landscape photography details
43
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse function
42
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS25
Vlogging with Pentax S1
34
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (193g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic support
28
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic jack
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25Pentax Optio S1
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Pentax Optio S1
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ35 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-01-07 2011-03-02
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4896 x 3672 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1200 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193g (0.43 lbs) 157g (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 114 x 58 x 28mm (4.5" x 2.3" 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 images 260 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $300 $174