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Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS

Portability
90
Imaging
43
Features
58
Overall
49
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS front
Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Key Specs

Panasonic ZS40
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 240g - 111 x 64 x 34mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ60
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS35
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS45
Pentax WG-1 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 167g - 116 x 59 x 29mm
  • Launched August 2011
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Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax WG-1 GPS, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Waterproof by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a substantial gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZS40 (18MP) and WG-1 GPS (14MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS40 was brought out 2 years after the WG-1 GPS which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief overview of how the ZS40 scores vs the WG-1 GPS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS40 over the Pentax WG-1 GPS

 ZS40 WG-1 GPS 
LaunchedJanuary 2014August 2011More modern by 30 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-1 GPS over the Panasonic ZS40

 WG-1 GPS ZS40 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax WG-1 GPS

 ZS40 WG-1 GPS 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS40 offers exterior dimensions 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 WG-1 GPS has sizing of 116mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax WG-1 GPS in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the ZS40 versus the WG-1 GPS.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS40 and WG-1 GPS is 90 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to imagine the gap in sensor sizes simply by seeing specs. The pic here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS40 and WG-1 GPS.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can count on the Panasonic ZS40 to provide extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The newer ZS40 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 Portrait photography factors
Pentax WG-1 GPS Portrait photography factors
52
focusing manually
MP count good (18MP)
comes with face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
35
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 Street photography information
Pentax WG-1 GPS Street photography information
69
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average (240g)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
54
weather proof
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Sports photography camera
54
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
37
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than average (240 grams)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
does not have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
71
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS40 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax WG-1 GPS as a Landscape photography camera
56
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse function
42
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
weather proof
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS40
Vlogging with Pentax WG-1 GPS
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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (240g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have microphone socket
25
really wide (28mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic port
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Panasonic ZS40 vs Pentax WG-1 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS40 and Pentax WG-1 GPS
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-TZ60 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Launched 2014-01-06 2011-08-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 4896 x 3672 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT LCD with AR coating TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 200 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 3.90 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 240g (0.53 lb) 167g (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.3") 116 x 59 x 29mm (4.6" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 300 photographs 260 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $450 $350