The Pentax Optio S30 is mostly gets compared to travel zooms. The Pentax Optio S30's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS7)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax S30 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.3), is much smaller (compact (89×59×26 mm) vs compact (103×60×33 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (175 g vs 218 g) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (1.6" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the S30)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.6"
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the S30)

  • Much larger: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (89×59×26 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1"
  • Heavier: 218 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS7 and S30

  • Very small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (89×59×26 mm)
  • Very light: 218 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1"