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Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
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Pentax Optio E70 front
 
Pentax Optio RZ18 front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Key Specs

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
Pentax RZ18
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Introduced September 2011
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Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Overview

Following is a comprehensive overview of the Pentax E70 and Pentax RZ18, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are offered by Pentax. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the E70 (10MP) and RZ18 (16MP) but both cameras have the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The E70 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the RZ18 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the E70 matches up vs the RZ18 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Pentax RZ18

 E70 RZ18 

Reasons to pick Pentax RZ18 over the Pentax E70

 RZ18 E70 
IntroducedSeptember 2011January 2009More modern by 32 months
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display dimensions3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution460k112kSharper display (+348k dot)

Common features in the Pentax E70 and Pentax RZ18

 E70 RZ18 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera often, you should consider its weight and proportions. The Pentax E70 features physical dimensions of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") having a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Pentax RZ18 has measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the E70 versus the RZ18.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E70 and RZ18 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 top view buttons comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes just by looking through specs. The pic underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E70 and RZ18.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Pentax RZ18 to provide you with extra detail due to its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images a bit more aggressively. The more aged E70 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 sensor size comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E70 Portrait photography advice
Pentax RZ18 Portrait photography advice
19
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
36
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax E70 Street photography info
Pentax RZ18 Street photography info
47
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lighter than competitors in class (178g)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax E70
Sports photography with Pentax RZ18
16
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
47
excellent zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
weather proofing
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax E70
Travel photography with Pentax RZ18
50
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
low resolution (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
71
lighter than competitors in class (178g)
weather proofing
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (450mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E70 Landscape photography factors
Pentax RZ18 Landscape photography factors
22
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.4 inches)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
49
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
weather proofing
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E70 Vlogging info
Pentax RZ18 Vlogging info
22
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic support
30
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (178 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
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Pentax E70 vs Pentax RZ18 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E70 and Pentax RZ18
 Pentax Optio E70Pentax Optio RZ18
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio E70 Pentax Optio RZ18
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-01-05 2011-09-12
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-105mm (3.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.4" 3"
Resolution of display 112k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 2.80 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 175g (0.39 lbs) 178g (0.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery ID 2 x AA D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $140 $210