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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2

Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
 
Pentax ist DL2 front
Portability
69
Imaging
45
Features
33
Overall
40

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS50
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 243g - 111 x 65 x 34mm
  • Released January 2015
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS45
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS60
Pentax ist DL2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 565g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Revealed January 2006
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax ist DL2, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the ZS50 (12MP) and ist DL2 (6MP) and the ZS50 (1/2.3") and ist DL2 (APS-C) offer different sensor size.

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The ZS50 was revealed 9 years after the ist DL2 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZS50 being a Compact camera and the Pentax ist DL2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving right into a thorough comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the ZS50 matches up versus the ist DL2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Pentax ist DL2

 ZS50 ist DL2 
RevealedJanuary 2015January 2006Newer by 109 months
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k210kSharper screen (+830k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DL2 over the Panasonic ZS50

 ist DL2 ZS50 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax ist DL2

 ZS50 ist DL2 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS50 comes with exterior dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs) and the Pentax ist DL2 has dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") having a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the ZS50 vs the ist DL2.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS50 and ist DL2 is 90 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions just by checking specs. The pic underneath should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS50 and ist DL2.

All in all, both cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The ZS50 with its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Panasonic ZS50 will give greater detail because of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The newer ZS50 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax ist DL2 as a Portrait photography camera
42
you can focus manually
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
51
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview feature
MP count low (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Street photography factors
Pentax ist DL2 Street photography factors
68
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (243g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
60
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (565 grams)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS50
Sports photography with Pentax ist DL2
43
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
39
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Travel photography details
Pentax ist DL2 Travel photography details
66
lighter than average in class (243g)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
52
lighter than competitors in class (565g)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
MP count low (6 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Landscape photography info
Pentax ist DL2 Landscape photography info
51
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (6MP)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS50
Vlogging with Pentax ist DL2
34
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (243 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone port
22
lighter than competitors in class (565 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low res video ( pixels)
does not have external microphone socket
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax ist DL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax ist DL2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50Pentax ist DL2
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Pentax ist DL2
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ70 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2015-01-06 2006-01-27
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 3008 x 2008
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 5
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m -
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 -
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 243g (0.54 pounds) 565g (1.25 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 44 65
DXO Color Depth rating 20.0 22.9
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 11.1
DXO Low light rating 138 639
Other
Battery life 300 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC card
Card slots One One
Launch cost $350 -