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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II

Portability
89
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
 
Pentax K-5 II front
Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Key Specs

Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS30
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS40
Pentax K-5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-5
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Overview

The following is a complete overview of the Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS35 (16MP) and the K-5 II (16MP) is relatively comparable but the ZS35 (1/2.3") and K-5 II (APS-C) provide different sensor sizes.

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The ZS35 was manufactured 8 months after the K-5 II so they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-5 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the ZS35 grades vs the K-5 II with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Pentax K-5 II

 ZS35 K-5 II 
LaunchedJanuary 2014June 2013Newer by 8 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 II over the Panasonic ZS35

 K-5 II ZS35 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen resolution921k460kClearer screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax K-5 II

 ZS35 K-5 II 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera regularly, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS35 comes with outer 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) whilst the Pentax K-5 II has dimensions of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the ZS35 against the K-5 II.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS35 and K-5 II is 89 and 60 respectively.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions purely by checking out specifications. The picture underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS35 and K-5 II.

Plainly, both of those cameras have the same MP albeit different sensor dimensions. The ZS35 has got the smaller sensor which should make obtaining shallower depth of field harder. The more modern ZS35 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Portrait photography camera
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MP count good (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
74
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS35
Street photography with Pentax K-5 II
68
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (305g)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Sports photography information
Pentax K-5 II Sports photography information
53
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
79
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography highlights
Pentax K-5 II Travel photography highlights
68
lighter than competitors (305g)
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
65
weather sealing
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography advice
Pentax K-5 II Landscape photography advice
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relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
79
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Vlogging details
Pentax K-5 II Vlogging details
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relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (305g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have mic support
33
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic jack
display is not selfie friendly
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax K-5 II
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35Pentax K-5 II
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 Pentax K-5 II
Also called Lumix DMC-TZ55 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2014-01-06 2013-06-04
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by - Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 51200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 21 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic 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 None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 305g (0.67 lbs) 760g (1.68 lbs)
Physical dimensions 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 82
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 1235
Other
Battery life - 980 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $300 $830