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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70

Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS50
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 243g - 111 x 65 x 34mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS45
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS60
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Overview

Here is a complete comparison of the Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS50 (12MP) and the E70 (10MP) is fairly well matched and they use the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS50 was unveiled 6 years later than the E70 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a in-depth comparison, below is a quick view of how the ZS50 grades versus the E70 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Pentax E70

 ZS50 E70 
LaunchedJanuary 2015January 2009Fresher by 74 months
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display sizing3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1040k112kClearer display (+928k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic ZS50

 E70 ZS50 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax E70

 ZS50 E70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS50 comes with external measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs) and the Pentax E70 has dimensions of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the ZS50 vs the E70.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS50 and E70 is 90 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizing merely by looking at a spec sheet. The graphic underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS50 and E70.

Clearly, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS50 to resolve greater detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The newer ZS50 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS50
Portrait photography with Pentax E70
42
manual focus
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
19
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
low resolution (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 as a Street photography camera
Pentax E70 as a Street photography camera
68
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (243 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
47
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Sports photography highlights
Pentax E70 Sports photography highlights
43
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
16
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Travel photography details
Pentax E70 Travel photography details
66
lighter than competition in class (243 grams)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
50
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low resolution (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax E70 Landscape photography highlights
51
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
22
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4")
no manual control
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Vlogging details
Pentax E70 Vlogging details
34
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (243g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone support
22
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Pentax Optio E70
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ70 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2015-01-06 2009-01-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 80 64
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 35-105mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.4 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 112k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.40 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB 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 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 243g (0.54 lbs) 175g (0.39 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 44 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 138 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $350 $140