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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50

Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
 
Pentax K-50 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
65
Overall
60

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Released July 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS7
Pentax K-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-30
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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Overview

Here is a extensive assessment of the Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the ZS8 (14MP) and the K-50 (16MP) is pretty well matched but the ZS8 (1/2.3") and K-50 (APS-C) come with different sensor sizing.

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The ZS8 was unveiled 3 years prior to the K-50 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic ZS8 being a Compact camera and the Pentax K-50 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the ZS8 grades against the K-50 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Pentax K-50

 ZS8 K-50 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-50 over the Panasonic ZS8

 K-50 ZS8 
IntroducedNovember 2013July 2011Fresher by 28 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS8 and Pentax K-50

 ZS8 K-50 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera, you need to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS8 has external measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs) and the Pentax K-50 has specifications of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the ZS8 and the K-50.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS8 and K-50 is 92 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor sizing simply by reading through specifications. The graphic below should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS8 and K-50.

To sum up, each of the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The ZS8 having a tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Pentax K-50 will give extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older ZS8 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS8
Portrait photography with Pentax K-50
30
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Street photography factors
Pentax K-50 Street photography factors
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (210 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
great high ISO (51,600)
no articulating screen
more heavy than competitors in class (650g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Sports photography info
Pentax K-50 Sports photography info
47
long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
67
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery pack (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS8
Travel photography with Pentax K-50
69
lighter than competition in class (210 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
long zoom (384mm)
no Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
56
environment proofing
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
terrible battery pack (410 shots)
more heavy than competitors in class (650g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS8
Landscape photography with Pentax K-50
44
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse function
74
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great high ISO (51,600)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
terrible battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS8 Vlogging info
Pentax K-50 Vlogging info
30
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (210 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic socket
28
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (650g)
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Panasonic ZS8 vs Pentax K-50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS8 and Pentax K-50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8Pentax K-50
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Pentax K-50
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ18 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2011-07-19 2013-11-27
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD PRIME M
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 6400 51600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF2
Lens focal range 24-384mm (16.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 210 grams (0.46 lbs) 650 grams (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.0
DXO Low light score not tested 1120
Other
Battery life 340 pictures 410 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $275 $610