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Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24
Pentax Optio E70 front
 
Pentax Optio W80 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 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
  • Revealed January 2009
Pentax W80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released June 2009
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Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Pentax E70 versus Pentax W80, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both designed by Pentax. The image resolution of the E70 (10MP) and the W80 (12MP) is pretty similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The E70 was brought out 5 months prior to the W80 and they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a simple view of how the E70 matches up against the W80 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Pentax W80

 E70 W80 

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Pentax E70

 W80 E70 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen sizing2.5"2.4"Bigger screen (+0.1")
Screen resolution230k112kClearer screen (+118k dot)

Common features in the Pentax E70 and Pentax W80

 E70 W80 
ReleasedJanuary 2009June 2009Similar generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Pentax E70 features physical measurements of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Pentax W80 has measurements of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

Look at the Pentax E70 versus Pentax W80 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the E70 against the W80.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E70 and W80 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizing only by reviewing technical specs. The photograph here should provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E70 and W80.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should expect the Pentax W80 to offer more detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a little more aggressively.

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax E70 Portrait photography factors
Pentax W80 Portrait photography factors
19
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
low resolution (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
27
you can focus manually
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax E70 Street photography info
Pentax W80 Street photography info
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
54
weather proofing
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Pentax E70 Sports photography information
Pentax W80 Sports photography information
16
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
24
weather proofing
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax E70 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Travel photography camera
50
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low resolution (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
64
weather proofing
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax E70 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Landscape photography camera
22
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.4 inches)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
37
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
weather proofing
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax E70 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax W80 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic port
25
fairly wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
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Pentax E70 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax E70 and Pentax W80
 Pentax Optio E70Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax Optio E70 Pentax Optio W80
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-05 2009-06-25
Body design 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 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
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 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-105mm (3.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.4 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 112k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.90 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 175 grams (0.39 pounds) 156 grams (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") 100 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $140 $250