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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10

Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
 
Pentax Q10 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
56
Overall
44

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 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
  • Announced January 2013
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS20
  • Renewed by Panasonic ZS30
Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Succeeded the Pentax Q
  • Successor is Pentax Q7
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax Q10, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the ZS25 (16MP) and Q10 (12MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS25 was manufactured 4 months after the Q10 and they are of a similar generation. Both cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS25 being a Compact camera and the Pentax Q10 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving in to a full comparison, below is a brief summary of how the ZS25 scores versus the Q10 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS25 over the Pentax Q10

 ZS25 Q10 

Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Panasonic ZS25

 Q10 ZS25 
Manually focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax Q10

 ZS25 Q10 
LaunchedJanuary 2013September 2012Similar generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution460k460kSame display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS25 has external 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 Q10 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the ZS25 versus the Q10.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS25 and Q10 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to imagine the gap between sensor sizes purely by reviewing technical specs. The picture here may offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS25 and Q10.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should expect to see the Panasonic ZS25 to offer you extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images much more aggressively.

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS25
Portrait photography with Pentax Q10
32
good MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
48
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Street photography camera
Pentax Q10 as a Street photography camera
66
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
lighter than competition (193 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
lighter than others (200 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Q10 as a Sports photography camera
45
long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200 seconds)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
37
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (270 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS25
Travel photography with Pentax Q10
69
lighter than competition (193g)
supports touch to focus
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (480mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
low battery life (260 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
60
lighter than others (200g)
has built in flash
bad battery power (270 shots)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS25
Landscape photography with Pentax Q10
43
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
low battery life (260 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse recording
55
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (270 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS25 Vlogging highlights
Pentax Q10 Vlogging highlights
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (193 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have mic socket
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (200g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no mic port
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Panasonic ZS25 vs Pentax Q10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS25 and Pentax Q10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25Pentax Q10
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Pentax Q10
Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ35 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2013-01-07 2012-09-10
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3672 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens focal range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Total lenses - 8
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1200 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.40 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 193 grams (0.43 lb) 200 grams (0.44 lb)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.9
DXO Low light score not tested 183
Other
Battery life 260 photographs 270 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $300 $350