Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 vs Pentax K-500

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Pentax K-500

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Reasons For

12 Reasons For
3% more total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 16.84MP digital camera. That's 0.35MP more than the Pentax K-500 (16.49MP).
Hugely longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is 280mm maximum focal length, but the Pentax K-500 is only a 75mm maximum focal length digital camera (205mm shorter).
17% smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a closest focusing distance of 0.3m, however the Pentax K-500 is a 0.35m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.05m larger).
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is 120s maximum shutter speed. That's 90s longer than the Pentax K-500 (30s). Read more

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

Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Pentax K-500 does not have a vari-angle LCD display.
Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a touchscreen, however the Pentax K-500 does not.
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is 1,040,000 pixels display resolution. That's 119,000 pixels higher than the Pentax K-500 (921,000 pixels).
PictBridge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 supports pictBridge, whereas the Pentax K-500 does not support pictBridge.
HDMI Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has an HDMI, but the Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Hugely lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a weight of 360g, but the Pentax K-500 is a 590g digital camera (230g 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 supports wi-Fi, however the Pentax K-500 does not support wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

8 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
6 Reasons For
Moderately higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a megapixel of 16.28MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is only a 16MP digital camera (0.28MP 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.

26% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.7 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (2.8).
4mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm longer).
A lot higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
0.67x higher magnification Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is only a 0.25x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.67x 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.

One hundred and twenty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-500 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 only takes 360.00 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.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
2% lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 0.28MP lower than the Pentax K-500 (16.28MP). 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.

21% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a minimum aperture number of 3.5, however the Pentax K-500 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 smaller).
15% longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm. That's 4mm longer than the Pentax K-500 (24mm).
Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600. That's 25,600 lower than the Pentax K-500 (51,200).
Vastly lower magnification Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a magnification of 0.25x. That's 0.67x lower than the Pentax K-500 (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.

Only 360.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is 360.00, but the Pentax K-500 only takes 480.00 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.

13 Reasons Against
Slightly less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a total megapixels of 16.49MP, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 16.84MP digital camera (0.35MP more).
205mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 75mm. That's 205mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (75mm).
0.05m larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.35m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.05m larger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (0.35m).
Significantly shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 30s, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 120s maximum shutter speed digital camera (90s longer). Read more

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

Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a vari-angle LCD display.
Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a touchscreen, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has a touchscreen.
13% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (119,000 pixels higher).
Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not support pictBridge, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 does.
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 has an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Heavier Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 590g digital camera. That's 230g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (590g). 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.

Does not support wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not support wi-Fi, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 supports wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Fewer sellers
Only 1 seller sell the Pentax K-500, but 9 shops sell the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Five months older
The Pentax K-500 is older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 by five months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
BEST
Megapixel
16MP 16.28MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4592 x 3448
 4592 x 2584
 3424 x 3424
 3840 x 2160
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 2416 x 2416
 2272 x 1704
 2272 x 1520
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
BEST
 4592 x 3448
 4592 x 2584
 3424 x 3424
 3840 x 2160
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 2416 x 2416
 2272 x 1704
 2272 x 1520
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3264
 4928 x 3264
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
16.84MP
BEST
16.49MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.34x
Maximum Aperture Number
22 22
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
280mm
BEST
75mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm 24mm
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 - 140 18 - 200
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
14/12 15/13
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 Aspheric Elements
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
58mm 62mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 selective
 tracking
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 selective
 tracking
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m
BEST
0.35m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
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
 12800
 25600
 25
 51200
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
120s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Video Formats Supported
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.25x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
16x 16x
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 RAW
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 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
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-4 - 4 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
17.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Food
 Flower
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Surf
 Pet
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Food
 Flower
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Surf
 Pet
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
360g
BEST
590g
Height
86.2mm 96.5mm
Depth
77.4mm 70mm
Width
124.9mm 129mm
Lens Weight
265g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
75mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
67mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
675g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data D-LI109
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
360 shots 480 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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
 Windows operating systems supported
 Windows operating systems supported

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.7 PE/(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1)/SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.3 SE/(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1, Mac OS X v10.5 - v10.10)/LoiLoScope /(Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1) SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Magnification
0.25x / 0.50x Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Cap Included
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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