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Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
55
Overall
46
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 front
 
Pentax K200D front
Portability
61
Imaging
50
Features
41
Overall
46

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Key Specs

Panasonic ZS45
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 249g - 108 x 60 x 32mm
  • Released January 2015
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ57
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS40
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS50
Pentax K200D
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 690g - 134 x 95 x 74mm
  • Released September 2008
  • Older Model is Pentax K100D S
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Overview

Here is a extended assessment of the Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the ZS45 (16MP) and K200D (10MP) and the ZS45 (1/2.3") and K200D (APS-C) boast totally different sensor size.

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The ZS45 was unveiled 6 years later than the K200D and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Panasonic ZS45 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K200D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the ZS45 matches up against the K200D when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS45 over the Pentax K200D

 ZS45 K200D 
ReleasedJanuary 2015September 2008Fresher by 78 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K200D over the Panasonic ZS45

 K200D ZS45 
Manual focus Very exact focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS45 and Pentax K200D

 ZS45 K200D 
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS45 provides external measurements of 108mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs) while the Pentax K200D has proportions of 134mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9") along with a weight of 690 grams (1.52 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the ZS45 compared to the K200D.

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS45 and K200D is 91 and 61 respectively.

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is hard to see the gap in sensor sizing purely by seeing technical specs. The photograph below should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS45 and K200D.

As you have seen, each of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The ZS45 using its smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Panasonic ZS45 will provide greater detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots more aggressively. The younger ZS45 will have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS45
Portrait photography with Pentax K200D
37
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
54
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
MP count low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS45 Street photography features
Pentax K200D Street photography features
69
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (249g)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
60
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
fixed screen
more heavy than competition in class (690 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS45 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K200D Sports photography highlights
56
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
good battery (350 per charge)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
53
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
MP count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS45 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K200D as a Travel photography camera
71
good battery (350 per charge)
lighter than others (249g)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
no Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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weather sealing
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (690g)
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS45
Landscape photography with Pentax K200D
48
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
good battery (350 per charge)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Timelapse mode
56
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
small screen (2.7 inches)
no liveview
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS45 Vlogging features
Pentax K200D Vlogging features
34
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (249g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone port
9
no video shooting
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Panasonic ZS45 vs Pentax K200D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS45 and Pentax K200D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45Pentax K200D
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 Pentax K200D
Alternative name Lumix DMC-TZ57 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2015-01-06 2008-09-01
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 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 21 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Available lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 249 grams (0.55 pounds) 690 grams (1.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 60 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") 134 x 95 x 74mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 64
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 561
Other
Battery life 350 photos -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $300 $600