Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
Pentax 645D front

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Key Specs

Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS30
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS40
Pentax 645D
(Full Review)
  • 40MP - Medium format Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • No Video
  • Pentax 645AF2 Mount
  • 1480g - 156 x 117 x 119mm
  • Introduced March 2010
  • Later Model is Pentax 645Z
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax 645D, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Pro DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the ZS35 (16MP) and 645D (40MP) and the ZS35 (1/2.3") and 645D (Medium format) come with different sensor size.

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The ZS35 was brought out 3 years after the 645D which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera and the Pentax 645D being a Large SLR camera.

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the ZS35 scores against the 645D in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Pentax 645D

 ZS35 645D 
IntroducedJanuary 2014March 2010More modern by 47 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Pentax 645D over the Panasonic ZS35

 645D ZS35 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen resolution921k460kSharper screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax 645D

 ZS35 645D 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS35 enjoys external dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs) while the Pentax 645D has dimensions of 156mm x 117mm x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7") and a weight of 1480 grams (3.26 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax 645D in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the ZS35 compared to the 645D.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS35 and 645D is 89 and 50 respectively.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading a spec sheet. The picture below may provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS35 and 645D.

As you can see, both cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The ZS35 because of its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF tougher and the Pentax 645D will offer you more detail having its extra 24 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The fresher ZS35 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS35
Portrait photography with Pentax 645D
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is excellent (40MP)
sensor size is large (Medium format)
exports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Street photography factors
Pentax 645D Street photography factors
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (305 grams)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
sensor size is large (Medium format)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Sports photography details
Pentax 645D Sports photography details
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
sensor resolution is excellent (40 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Medium format)
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (800 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography advice
Pentax 645D Travel photography advice
lighter than competitors (305g)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
environment sealing
sensor resolution is excellent (40MP)
terrible battery power (800 shots)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax 645D Landscape photography highlights
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax 645AF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
sensor resolution is excellent (40 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Medium format)
no anti aliasing filter
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
two card slots
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (800 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Vlogging highlights
Pentax 645D Vlogging highlights
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (305 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external mic jack
no video shooting
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax 645D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax 645D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35Pentax 645D
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 Pentax 645D
Also called Lumix DMC-TZ55 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Pro DSLR
Launched 2014-01-06 2010-03-10
Physical type Compact Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" Medium format
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 44 x 33mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 1,452.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 40 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 7264 x 5440
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 21 11
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax 645AF2
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Total lenses - 6
Focal length multiplier 5.9 0.8
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle and with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 98%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.85x
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/125 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 305 gr (0.67 pounds) 1480 gr (3.26 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 156 x 117 x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 82
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 1262
Battery life - 800 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC
Card slots Single Two
Price at launch $300 $4,000