• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 450.00mm (35mm eq.)
Pentax RZ18 Review
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)
Panasonic ZS25 Review

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Differences

Pentax RZ18 advantages over Panasonic ZS25

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Panasonic ZS25 advantages over Pentax RZ18

  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 0 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS20

Pentax RZ18
Panasonic ZS20
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $166
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS20
  • $238
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $166
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic ZS15

Pentax RZ18
Panasonic ZS15
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS15
  • $238
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More pixels
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic ZS19

Pentax RZ18
Panasonic ZS19
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS19
  • $238
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Pentax RZ18
Panasonic ZS30
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $308
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS30
  • $238
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $308
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon S9500

Pentax RZ18
Nikon S9500
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Nikon S9500
  • $238
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
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