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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
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Pentax Optio RZ18 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

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
  • Announced September 2011
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

Here is a detailed overview of the Pentax RZ18 versus Pentax WS80, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof and they are both manufactured by Pentax. There exists a huge gap between the sensor resolutions of the RZ18 (16MP) and WS80 (10MP) but they use the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The RZ18 was introduced 2 years later than the WS80 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the RZ18 matches up vs the WS80 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax RZ18 over the Pentax WS80

 RZ18 WS80 
LaunchedSeptember 2011August 2009Fresher by 26 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Pentax RZ18

 WS80 RZ18 

Common features in the Pentax RZ18 and Pentax WS80

 RZ18 WS80 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Pentax RZ18 enjoys outer measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Pentax WS80 has specifications of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the RZ18 versus the WS80.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the RZ18 and WS80 is 92 and 95 respectively.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizing purely by reading through a spec sheet. The visual here will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the RZ18 and WS80.

As you can see, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Pentax RZ18 to give extra detail using its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The fresher RZ18 provides an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Portrait photography highlights
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you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
26
has manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Street photography factors
Pentax WS80 Street photography factors
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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
lighter than others (178g)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
59
environment proofing
lighter than average in class (125 grams)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Sports photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Sports photography highlights
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long zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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environment proofing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax RZ18
Travel photography with Pentax WS80
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lighter than others (178g)
weather sealing
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long zoom (450mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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lighter than average in class (125g)
environment proofing
built-in flash
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax RZ18 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography highlights
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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
weather sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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has manual focus
environment proofing
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax RZ18 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax WS80 as a Vlogging camera
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reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (178g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone socket
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lighter than average in class (125 grams)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
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Pentax RZ18 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax RZ18 and Pentax WS80
 Pentax Optio RZ18Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Optio RZ18 Pentax Optio WS80
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Announced 2011-09-12 2009-08-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-450mm (18.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focus distance 4cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
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 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 2.80 m 3.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 178 grams (0.39 pounds) 125 grams (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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-LI92 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $210 $220