Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 front
Pentax K-3 II front

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Key Specs

Panasonic ZS60
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 282g - 112 x 64 x 38mm
  • Released January 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ80
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS50
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS70
Pentax K-3 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Older Model is Pentax K-3
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Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Overview

Below, we are comparing the Panasonic ZS60 versus Pentax K-3 II, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the ZS60 (18MP) and K-3 II (24MP) and the ZS60 (1/2.3") and K-3 II (APS-C) use totally different sensor dimensions.

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The ZS60 was brought out 9 months later than the K-3 II which means that they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS60 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-3 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short summation of how the ZS60 grades versus the K-3 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS60 over the Pentax K-3 II

 ZS60 K-3 II 
IntroducedJanuary 2016April 2015Fresher by 9 months
Display resolution1040k1037kSharper display (+3k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 II over the Panasonic ZS60

 K-3 II ZS60 
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic ZS60 and Pentax K-3 II

 ZS60 K-3 II 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS60 offers outside dimensions of 112mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 282 grams (0.62 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-3 II has sizing of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") having a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic ZS60 versus Pentax K-3 II in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select during that time. The following is the front view size comparison of the ZS60 compared to the K-3 II.

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS60 and K-3 II is 88 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to envision the contrast in sensor sizing just by looking through technical specs. The photograph below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS60 and K-3 II.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The ZS60 due to its smaller sensor will make getting shallower depth of field tougher and the Pentax K-3 II will result in extra detail having its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos much more aggressively. The newer ZS60 will have an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-3 II Portrait photography info
has manual focus
good MP (18MP)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has manual focus
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 Street photography factors
Pentax K-3 II Street photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
includes focus via touch
lighter than competition in class (282g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
above average high ISO (51,200)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 Sports photography features
Pentax K-3 II Sports photography features
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
supports tracking focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
has phase detect AF
terrible battery pack (720 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 Travel photography info
Pentax K-3 II Travel photography info
lighter than competition in class (282 grams)
includes focus via touch
good MP (18MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
weather sealing
decent MP (24 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (720 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-3 II Landscape photography info
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
saves RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
two card slots
terrible battery pack (720 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS60 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-3 II as a Vlogging camera
decently wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (282g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic support
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Panasonic ZS60 vs Pentax K-3 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS60 and Pentax K-3 II
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60Pentax K-3 II
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 Pentax K-3 II
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ80 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2016-01-05 2015-04-23
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Prime III
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4896 x 3672 6016 x 4000
Highest native ISO 3200 51200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 49 27
Cross focus points - 25
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.3-6.4 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Total lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3.2 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 1,166 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.64x
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 8.3fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 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 (available with dedicated external flash)
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Optional
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 282g (0.62 pounds) 800g (1.76 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 37 80
DXO Color Depth score 19.3 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.6 13.6
DXO Low light score 109 1106
Battery life 320 shots 720 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One Dual
Pricing at release $248 $829