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Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Pentax Optio P70 front
 
Pentax Optio W80 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Key Specs

Pentax P70
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 155g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced March 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
  • Announced June 2009
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Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Pentax P70 versus Pentax W80, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are sold by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the P70 (12MP) and the W80 (12MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The P70 was brought out 3 months before the W80 which means that they are of a similar generation. The two cameras feature different body design with the Pentax P70 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax W80 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a full comparison, here is a simple view of how the P70 matches up vs the W80 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax P70 over the Pentax W80

 P70 W80 
Screen size2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Pentax P70

 W80 P70 

Common features in the Pentax P70 and Pentax W80

 P70 W80 
AnnouncedMarch 2009June 2009Same generation
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax P70 provides exterior dimensions of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) whilst the Pentax W80 has dimensions of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

Look at the Pentax P70 versus Pentax W80 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the P70 vs the W80.

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the P70 and W80 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by seeing a spec sheet. The image below might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the P70 and W80.

Clearly, both cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of images however you should always take the release date of the cameras into account.

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax P70
Portrait photography with Pentax W80
27
focusing manually
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
27
focusing manually
no manual control
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax P70 as a Street photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Street photography camera
47
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competition (155g)
54
environment proofing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Pentax P70 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Sports photography camera
17
low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
24
environment proofing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax P70
Travel photography with Pentax W80
56
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (155g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
64
environment proofing
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax P70 Landscape photography information
Pentax W80 Landscape photography information
32
focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
37
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax P70 Vlogging highlights
Pentax W80 Vlogging highlights
25
quite wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than competition (155g)
25
relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone socket
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Pentax P70 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax P70 and Pentax W80
 Pentax Optio P70Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio P70 Pentax Optio W80
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-03-02 2009-06-25
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 64
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-110mm (3.9x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 10cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 2.5"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.60 m 3.90 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 848 x 480 (15 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 port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 155 grams (0.34 pounds) 156 grams (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 100 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $200 $250