Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Pentax Efina front

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Released April 2017
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS60
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS80
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Released June 2013
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Panasonic ZS70 versus Pentax Efina, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Ultracompact by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the ZS70 (20MP) and Efina (14MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ZS70 was launched 3 years later than the Efina and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS70 being a Compact camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summation of how the ZS70 matches up versus the Efina when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Pentax Efina

 ZS70 Efina 
ReleasedApril 2017June 2013Fresher by 48 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Panasonic ZS70

 Efina ZS70 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS70 and Pentax Efina

 ZS70 Efina 

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS70 has got outside measurements of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") along with a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs) while the Pentax Efina has dimensions of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") and a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you use at that moment. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the ZS70 against the Efina.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the ZS70 and Efina is 87 and 97 respectively.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to picture the difference between sensor sizing purely by looking at technical specs. The visual below might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS70 and Efina.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic ZS70 to give you extra detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos much more aggressively. The younger ZS70 provides an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS70
Portrait photography with Pentax Efina
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
features face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
MP count good (14 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Street photography features
Pentax Efina Street photography features
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch to focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
built in image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than competition (91 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography highlights
Pentax Efina Sports photography highlights
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
features tracking focus
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (14MP)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography advice
Pentax Efina Travel photography advice
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
includes touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition (91 grams)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography features
Pentax Efina Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5 inch)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging advice
Pentax Efina Vlogging advice
reasonably wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no microphone port
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (91g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS70 and Pentax Efina
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70Pentax Efina
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 Pentax Efina
Also called Lumix DMC-TZ90 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Released 2017-04-19 2013-06-03
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-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 20 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 49 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing distance 3cm 20cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Lowest shutter speed 4s 1/8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1400s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 322g (0.71 pounds) 91g (0.20 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
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
Battery life 380 photos 200 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $450 $10