• 1/2.35 inch 27.3mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 180.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax V20 advantages over Canon 180

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.85 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.4 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 180 advantages over Pentax V20

  • More telephoto lens reach
    224 mm vs 180 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    3 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

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

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus 840

Pentax V20
Olympus 840
  • $203
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $173
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 180
Olympus 840
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $173
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax W60

Pentax V20
Pentax W60
  • $203
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon 180
Pentax W60
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus FE-370

Pentax V20
Olympus FE-370
  • $203
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $136
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 180
Olympus FE-370
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $136
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony W830

Pentax V20
Sony W830
  • $203
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 180
Sony W830
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Longer exposure
  • $118
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 160

Pentax V20
Canon 160
  • $203
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
Canon 180
Canon 160
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
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