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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (Lumix DC-TZ200)

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Size
Significantly smaller
111×66×45 mm vs 131×100×77 mm
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3.1x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,240k dots vs 1,037k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Weight
Significantly lighter
340 g vs 800 g
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2.4x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.8" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 8.3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
49 vs 27
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures

Advantages of the Pentax K-3

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.19x
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More than 10x larger viewfinder
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
560 shots vs 370 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The K-3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/2000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
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              K-3Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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