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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs Pentax K-500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs Pentax K-500

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Pentax K-500

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a touchscreen, but the Pentax K-500 does not have a touchscreen.
PictBridge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 supports PictBridge, however the Pentax K-500 does not.
HDMI Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has an HDMI, whereas 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.

8x lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a weight of 70g, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 590g digital camera (520g 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-GM5 supports Wi-Fi, but 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.

Nine more awards
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has 11 awards from expert review sites, however the Pentax K-500 has 2 awards.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 81% based on 62 reviews, but the average rating of the Pentax K-500 is 76% (based on 29 reviews).
4 Reasons For
0.28MP higher megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a megapixel of 16.28MP, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 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.

23 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 45 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (23 bigger).
85% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Pentax K-500 is 414mm maximum focal length. That's 350mm longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (414mm).
Two hundred and sixty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Pentax K-500 is 480.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 only takes 220.00 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.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 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.

2x bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a maximum aperture number of 22. That's 23 bigger than the Pentax K-500 (45).
Six times shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 64mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 414mm maximum focal length digital camera (350mm longer).
Only 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a digital camera that takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Pentax K-500 only takes 480.00 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.

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6 Reasons Against
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 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.

89% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 590g digital camera. That's 520g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (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, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 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.

One month older
The Pentax K-500 is older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 by one month.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Pentax K-500 has received 2 awards, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has received 11 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The Pentax K-500's average expert rating is only 76%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5's is 81% (based on 62 reviews).

Awards

11 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Recommended
camerastuffreviewcom: Good Stuff
Digital Versus: 5 Star
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
2 Awards
onfoto.ru: Silver
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

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Date Released

27 months Ago 28 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
BEST
Megapixel
16MP 16.28MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4592 x 3448
 4592 x 2584
 3424 x 3424
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 3232 x 1824
 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
 3232 x 2424
 3232 x 2160
 3232 x 1824
 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)
173 x 130 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
16.84MP
BEST
16.49MP
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
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
22 45
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
64mm 414mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm 24mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
12 - 32 18 - 55
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Pentax K
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Diaphragm Blade
7 7
Filter Size
37mm 52mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective 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
0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 16000
 8000
 10000
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 Auto
 50
 125
 250
 500
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2250
 2500
 4000
 5000
 51200
 16000
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
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
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.02s 0.01s
BEST
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
BEST

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
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
1 1

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16x
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Unknown - Click to provide data -2.5 - 1.5
Scene Modes
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Night portrait
 Surf
 Children
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Close-up (macro)
 Museum
 Night portrait
 Surf
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
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
70g
BEST
590g
Height
59.5mm 96.5mm
Depth
36.1mm 70mm
Width
98.5mm 129mm
Weight (including Battery)
211g
BEST
650g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data D-LI109
Battery Capacity
680mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
220 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

Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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