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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1

Portability
89
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
 
Pentax Q-S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS30
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS40
Pentax Q-S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 203g - 105 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2014
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Panasonic ZS35 versus Pentax Q-S1, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZS35 (16MP) and Q-S1 (12MP) and the ZS35 (1/2.3") and Q-S1 (1/1.7") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The ZS35 was unveiled 7 months before the Q-S1 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera and the Pentax Q-S1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short highlight of how the ZS35 grades against the Q-S1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Pentax Q-S1

 ZS35 Q-S1 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Panasonic ZS35

 Q-S1 ZS35 
AnnouncedAugust 2014January 2014More recent by 7 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax Q-S1

 ZS35 Q-S1 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Display resolution460k460kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither comes with Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera regularly, you should consider its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS35 comes with outer measurements of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs) and the Pentax Q-S1 has specifications of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the ZS35 versus the Q-S1.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS35 and Q-S1 is 89 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to picture the contrast in sensor measurements purely by viewing a spec sheet. The visual here may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS35 and Q-S1.

Clearly, each of the cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The ZS35 with its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field trickier and the Panasonic ZS35 will render greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older ZS35 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Portrait photography info
Pentax Q-S1 Portrait photography info
37
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
no manual focus
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
47
manual focus
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Street photography details
Pentax Q-S1 Street photography details
68
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (305g)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (203 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS35
Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
53
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
38
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS35
Travel photography with Pentax Q-S1
68
lighter than competitors in class (305 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
60
lighter than competition in class (203g)
built-in flash
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax Q-S1 as a Landscape photography camera
45
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
56
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS35 Vlogging information
Pentax Q-S1 Vlogging information
34
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (305 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (203g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone support
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Panasonic ZS35 vs Pentax Q-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS35 and Pentax Q-S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35Pentax Q-S1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 Pentax Q-S1
Alternate name Lumix DMC-TZ55 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-01-06 2014-08-04
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Q Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 21 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Amount of lenses - 8
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 305 grams (0.67 lbs) 203 grams (0.45 lbs)
Dimensions 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 life - 250 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $300 $250