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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Pentax K-3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 vs Pentax K-3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Pentax K-3

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Reasons For

1 Reason For
Two times lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a weight of 265g, whereas the Pentax K-3 is a 715g digital camera (450g heavier). 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.

10 Reasons For
Hugely higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a megapixel of 24.35MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only a 12.1MP digital camera (12.25MP lower). 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.

0.2" larger display diagonal Edit
Pentax K-3 is 3.2" screen, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Vastly higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (577,000 pixels lower).
Four hundred more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Pentax K-3 takes 720.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only takes 320.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

USB 3.0 port Edit
The Pentax K-3 has a USB 3.0 port, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 does not have a USB 3.0 port.
£405 cheaper
The Pentax K-3 is £404.93 cheaper than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.
Available from 7 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Eleven more awards
The Pentax K-3 has 17 awards, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has 6 awards.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Pentax K-3 has an average expert review score of 90%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an average rating of 80% (based on 90 reviews).
User reviews are better
The Pentax K-3 has an average user review score of 98%, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an average rating of 93% (based on 86 reviews).

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
12.25MP lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 12.1MP digital camera. That's 12.25MP lower than the Pentax K-3 (24.35MP). 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.

Smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.2" smaller than the Pentax K-3 (3.2"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Two times lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 577,000 pixels lower than the Pentax K-3 (1,037,000 pixels).
Only 320.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a digital camera that takes 320.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Pentax K-3 only takes 720.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

More expensive by £405
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is £404.93 more expensive than the Pentax K-3.
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only stocked by 1 store, however the Pentax K-3 is stocked by 8 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over four years
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is four years older than the Pentax K-3.
Eleven less awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has only received 6 awards, however the Pentax K-3 has received 17 awards.
Expert review Rating is much Worse
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an average expert score of 80%, but the Pentax K-3 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 50 reviews).
User review Rating is Worse
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an average user score of 93%, but the Pentax K-3 has an average user rating of 98% (based on 189 reviews).
1 Reason Against
Heavier Edit
The Pentax K-3 is a 715g digital camera. That's 450g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (715g). 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.

Awards

6 Awards
Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
parentesis.com: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Recommended
17 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 6 Star
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
onfoto.ru: Gold
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

77 months Ago 29 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
12.1MP 24.35MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 6016 x 4000
 4608 x 3072
 3072 x 2048
 1920 x 1280
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 4000
 6016 x 4000
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
BEST
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
13.06MP 24.71MP
BEST
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red
Material
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Magnesium
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 38
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 82.5mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 27mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.5 18 - 55
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax KAF3
 Pentax K
Filter Size
46mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 tracking
 Face tracking
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 tracking
 Face tracking
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.18m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 27
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
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)
Unknown - Click to provide data 51,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 13m
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 Quicktime
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 Quicktime
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
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

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Memory Slots
1 2
BEST

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Connection to PC
 Connection to PC
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Pastel
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Pastel
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
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Scene Modes
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Landscape
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 ESP
 ENG
 ESP

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
265g
BEST
715g
Height
67.81mm 100mm
Depth
32.76mm 77.5mm
Width
112mm 131.5mm
Weight (including Battery)
474g
BEST
800g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data D-LI90P
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6h
Battery Capacity
1,010mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
320 shots 720 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V 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 5 - 92
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 -10 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Edition;,SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE;,Super Loilo Scope S-SW140
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Port
 USB 3.0 port
 USB 3.0 port
BEST
Camera Shutter Speed
60 - 1/4000 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
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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