• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
Pentax VS20 Review
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
Olympus SZ-15 Review

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Differences

Pentax VS20 advantages over Olympus SZ-15

  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus SZ-15 advantages over Pentax VS20

  • More lens zoom
    24.0x vs 20.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Wider angle lens
    25.0 mm vs 28.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene

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 Pentax RZ18

Pentax VS20
Pentax RZ18
  • $75
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
Olympus SZ-15
Pentax RZ18
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More lens zoom
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic ZS20

Pentax VS20
Panasonic ZS20
  • $75
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $166
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus SZ-15
Panasonic ZS20
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $166
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic ZS15

Pentax VS20
Panasonic ZS15
  • $75
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus SZ-15
Panasonic ZS15
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • More pixels
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Pentax VS20
Panasonic ZS35
  • $75
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $191
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SZ-15
Panasonic ZS35
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • $191
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic ZS45

Pentax VS20
Panasonic ZS45
  • $75
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $142
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SZ-15
Panasonic ZS45
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $142
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
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