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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D

Portability
89
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
 
Pentax K100D front
Portability
64
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D 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
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS30
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS40
Pentax K100D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 660g - 129 x 93 x 70mm
  • Released December 2006
  • Replacement is Pentax K100D S
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Panasonic ZS35 versus Pentax K100D, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the ZS35 (16MP) and K100D (6MP) and the ZS35 (1/2.3") and K100D (APS-C) provide totally different sensor size.

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The ZS35 was introduced 7 years after the K100D which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K100D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go right into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple summary of how the ZS35 scores vs the K100D when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Pentax K100D

 ZS35 K100D 
ReleasedJanuary 2014December 2006More modern by 87 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k210kClearer display (+250k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K100D over the Panasonic ZS35

 K100D ZS35 
Manual focus More precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax K100D

 ZS35 K100D 
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera, you'll need to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS35 offers 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) and the Pentax K100D has sizing of 129mm x 93mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic ZS35 versus Pentax K100D in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at the time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the ZS35 and the K100D.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS35 and K100D is 89 and 64 respectively.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor sizes simply by looking at specifications. The image here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS35 and K100D.

Plainly, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The ZS35 using its tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF trickier and the Panasonic ZS35 will give you extra detail using its extra 10MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more recent ZS35 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Portrait photography details
Pentax K100D Portrait photography details
37
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
51
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Street photography features
Pentax K100D Street photography features
68
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (305g)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
58
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
more heavy than competition (660g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Sports photography info
Pentax K100D Sports photography info
53
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
47
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography information
Pentax K100D Travel photography information
68
lighter than others (305 grams)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
42
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (660g)
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography features
Pentax K100D Landscape photography features
44
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
52
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
doesn't have liveview
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K100D as a Vlogging camera
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (305g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support
9
lack of video recording
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax K100D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax K100D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35Pentax K100D
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 Pentax K100D
Alternative name Lumix DMC-TZ55 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2014-01-06 2006-12-03
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3008 x 2008
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 21 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Available lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4 -
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 None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 305g (0.67 pounds) 660g (1.46 pounds)
Physical dimensions 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 129 x 93 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC card
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $300 $0