Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 front
Pentax K-1 front

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS40
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 240g - 111 x 64 x 34mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ60
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS35
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS45
Pentax K-1
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 204800
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 1010g - 137 x 110 x 86mm
  • Announced February 2016
  • Successor is Pentax K-1 II
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Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax K-1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the ZS40 (18MP) and K-1 (36MP) and the ZS40 (1/2.3") and K-1 (Full frame) offer different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The ZS40 was revealed 3 years before the K-1 which is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZS40 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a concise summation of how the ZS40 scores against the K-1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS40 over the Pentax K-1

 ZS40 K-1 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-1 over the Panasonic ZS40

 K-1 ZS40 
AnnouncedFebruary 2016January 2014Newer by 25 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1037k920kClearer screen (+117k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax K-1

 ZS40 K-1 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS40 has external measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.3") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-1 has measurements of 137mm x 110mm x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4") along with a weight of 1010 grams (2.23 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax K-1 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you use at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the ZS40 against the K-1.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS40 and K-1 is 90 and 55 respectively.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions purely by going over specifications. The pic below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS40 and K-1.

To sum up, both cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The ZS40 using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF more difficult and the Pentax K-1 will offer you more detail because of its extra 18MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The more aged ZS40 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS40
Portrait photography with Pentax K-1
you can focus manually
MP count good (18 megapixels)
features face detection focus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has manual focus
amazing megapixels (36 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-1 as a Street photography camera
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competitors (240g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
great high ISO (204,800)
more heavy than competitors (1,010 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS40
Sports photography with Pentax K-1
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing megapixels (36 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (4.4 frames per second)
terrible battery pack (760 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 Travel photography highlights
Pentax K-1 Travel photography highlights
lighter than competitors (240g)
MP count good (18MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
weather sealing
amazing megapixels (36 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (760 shots)
more heavy than competitors (1,010g)
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax K-1 Landscape photography highlights
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18MP)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse recording
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing megapixels (36 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (204,800)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
2 card slots
terrible battery pack (760 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS40
Vlogging with Pentax K-1
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (240 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
missing external microphone jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone support
does not have a selfie friendly display
more heavy than competitors (1,010g)
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Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax K-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax K-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40Pentax K-1
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Pentax K-1
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ60 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2014-01-06 2016-02-17
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 36MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4896 x 3672 7360 x 4912
Max native ISO 3200 204800
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 33
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 920k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech TFT LCD with AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 200k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 4.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/200 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Built-in
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 240g (0.53 lbs) 1010g (2.23 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.3") 137 x 110 x 86mm (5.4" x 4.3" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 96
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 3280
Battery life 300 pictures 760 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Card slots One 2
Pricing at release $450 $1,499