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Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50

Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
 
Pentax K-50 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
65
Overall
60

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2013
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS25
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS35
Pentax K-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released November 2013
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-30
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Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Panasonic ZS30 and Pentax K-50, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the ZS30 (18MP) and the K-50 (16MP) is relatively similar but the ZS30 (1/2.3") and K-50 (APS-C) boast different sensor size.

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The ZS30 was unveiled 10 months prior to the K-50 so they are both of a similar age. Both cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZS30 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-50 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go right into a detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the ZS30 scores versus the K-50 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Pentax K-50

 ZS30 K-50 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-50 over the Panasonic ZS30

 K-50 ZS30 
ReleasedNovember 2013January 2013More recent by 10 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution921k920kSharper screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS30 and Pentax K-50

 ZS30 K-50 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera often, you'll have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS30 enjoys external dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs) and the Pentax K-50 has measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic ZS30 and Pentax K-50 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the ZS30 vs the K-50.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS30 and K-50 is 92 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to imagine the gap between sensor measurements just by reading specifications. The photograph underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS30 and K-50.

Plainly, both of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The ZS30 with its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Panasonic ZS30 will offer greater detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older ZS30 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS30
Portrait photography with Pentax K-50
33
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
74
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS30
Street photography with Pentax K-50
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
lighter than average in class (198 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
65
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
good high ISO (51,600)
no articulating screen
more heavy than others in class (650g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-50 as a Sports photography camera
46
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery (260 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
weather sealing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
bad battery power (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 Travel photography info
Pentax K-50 Travel photography info
69
lighter than average in class (198g)
includes touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
bad battery (260 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
56
weather sealing
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
bad battery power (410 CIPA)
more heavy than others in class (650g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS30 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-50 Landscape photography info
44
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
bad battery (260 per charge)
missing Time Lapse recording
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (51,600)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
bad battery power (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS30
Vlogging with Pentax K-50
35
really wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (198g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic jack
28
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
missing microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (650 grams)
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Panasonic ZS30 vs Pentax K-50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS30 and Pentax K-50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30Pentax K-50
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Pentax K-50
Also called Lumix DMC-TZ40 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2013-01-07 2013-11-27
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - PRIME M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3672 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 6400 51600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Available lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1200 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.40 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 198g (0.44 pounds) 650g (1.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.0
DXO Low light score not tested 1120
Other
Battery life 260 photographs 410 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $250 $610