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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85

Portability
89
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Announced January 2014
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS30
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS40
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched September 2009
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Overview

Below is a thorough overview of the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax E85, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the ZS35 (16MP) and E85 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS35 was introduced 4 years later than the E85 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the ZS35 matches up versus the E85 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Pentax E85

 ZS35 E85 
LaunchedJanuary 2014September 2009More recent by 53 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Panasonic ZS35

 E85 ZS35 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax E85

 ZS35 E85 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS35 provides outside dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs) whilst the Pentax E85 has dimensions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use during that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the ZS35 against the E85.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS35 and E85 is 89 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading through technical specs. The graphic here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS35 and E85.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS35 to give greater detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The fresher ZS35 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Portrait photography camera
37
good MP (16MP)
includes face detect focus
no manual focus
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Street photography features
Pentax E85 Street photography features
68
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (305g)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
47
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Sports photography features
Pentax E85 Sports photography features
53
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
17
slow fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography highlights
Pentax E85 Travel photography highlights
68
lighter than average (305g)
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
very long reach (480mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
51
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography info
Pentax E85 Landscape photography info
44
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
23
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Vlogging advice
Pentax E85 Vlogging advice
34
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (305g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
missing mic jack
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have microphone jack
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax E85
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 Pentax Optio E85
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ55 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-01-06 2009-09-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 21 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-480mm (20.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focus distance 3cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 2 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off -
Hot shoe
AEB
WB 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) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 305g (0.67 pounds) 145g (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $300 $0