Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Pentax K-5 IIs

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
A lot longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 60s maximum shutter speed, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 30fps JPEG frame rate, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 25fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (5fps lower).
Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a touchscreen, however the Pentax K-5 IIs does not have a touchscreen.
Vastly higher magnification Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a magnification of 4.2x, however the Pentax K-5 IIs is only a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (3.28x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

77% lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 386.1g digital camera. That's 293.9g lighter than the Pentax K-5 IIs (680g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

6 Reasons For
26% higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a 16.3MP digital camera. That's 4.2MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (16.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

88% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200. That's 44,800 higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (51,200).
Smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 80 minimum ISO speed. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (80).
51% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is 921,000 pixels display resolution. That's 461,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (921,000 pixels).
740.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Pentax K-5 IIs is 740.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only takes 320.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Better user reviews
Based on 1 review, the average user review score of the Pentax K-5 IIs is 100%, however the average rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 93% (based on 48 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
4.2MP lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a megapixel of 12.1MP, whereas the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 16.3MP digital camera (4.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400, however the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 higher).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 100 minimum ISO speed, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only 460,000 pixels display resolution, but the Pentax K-5 IIs is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (461,000 pixels higher).
Four hundred and twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 320.00, but the Pentax K-5 IIs only takes 740.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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Lower user review Score
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2's average user rating is 93%, however the Pentax K-5 IIs's is 100% (based on 1 review).
6 Reasons Against
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is only 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 30s shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Pentax K-5 IIs is only 25fps JPEG frame rate. That's 5fps lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (25fps).
Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs does not have a touchscreen, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a touchscreen.
4x lower magnification Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a magnification of 0.92x. That's 3.28x lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (0.92x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

A lot heavier Edit
The Pentax K-5 IIs has a weight of 680g, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 386.1g digital camera (293.9g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Older by four months
The Pentax K-5 IIs is four months older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.

Awards

6 Awards
Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
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Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
BEST
Megapixel
12.1MP 16.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2"
BEST
 1/2"
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3264
 4928 x 3264
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
BEST
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
13.06MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Optical Zoom
2x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
6/5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
46mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.18m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps
BEST
25fps
Video Formats Supported
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 Quicktime
 AVC
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 Quicktime
 AVC
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
4.2x
BEST
0.92x

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
Connection to PC
 Connection to PC
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Skin tones
 Neutral
 Skin tones
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,12
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DAN
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
386.1g
BEST
680g
Dimensions (W X D X H) (imperial)
4.44 x 1.29 x 2.67 Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
67.8mm 97mm
Depth
32.8mm 72.5mm
Weight (imperial)
0.8lbs Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
112.8mm 131mm
Weight (including Battery)
474g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
 AC
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data D-LI90
Battery Capacity
1,010mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
320 shots 740 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported
Mac Compatibility
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac compatibility

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Edition;,SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE;,Super Loilo Scope PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 AC
 USB
 AV
 AC
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Focal Range
F/2.5, f/3.5-5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Data Compression
JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows 7 Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 & OS X 10.3.9 +
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Type
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F)
F2.5 - F22 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
 USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
60 - 1/4000 1/8000 - 30
Lens System
G, G VARIO Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Manual Exposure
 Manual exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Priority AE
 Shutter priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Pack
 Battery pack
Unknown - Click to provide data
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