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

8 Reasons For
More total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 16.84MP digital camera. That's 0.35MP more than the Pentax K-500 (16.49MP).
Hugely smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a closest focusing distance of 0.2m, but the Pentax K-500 is a 0.35m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.15m larger).
50% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 30s longer than the Pentax K-500 (30s). Read more

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

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.

7 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.

Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8. That's 0.7 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (2.8).
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Pentax K-500 is 75mm maximum focal length. That's 11mm longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (75mm).
25,600 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-500 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 51,200, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
Shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.01s shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (0.01s).
30fps higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Pentax K-500 is 60fps JPEG frame rate, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
Two hundred and sixty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Pentax K-500 is 480.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 only takes 220.00 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

8 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.

Larger minimum aperture number Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is 3.5 minimum aperture, but the Pentax K-500 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 smaller).
11mm 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 75mm maximum focal length digital camera (11mm longer).
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is only 25,600 maximum ISO speed. That's 25,600 lower than the Pentax K-500 (51,200).
0.01s longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has a flash sync-speed of 0.02s, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.01s shorter).
30fps lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Pentax K-500 (60fps).
Only 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a digital camera that takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas 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.

Older by three months
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is three months older than the Pentax K-500.
8 Reasons Against
0.35MP less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a total megapixels of 16.49MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 16.84MP digital camera (0.35MP more).
Larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.35m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.15m larger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (0.35m).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Pentax K-500 is only 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

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

Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a touchscreen, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 does.
Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not support pictBridge, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 supports pictBridge.
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.

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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
 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
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
 Red
 Red

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.34x
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
22 22
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
64mm 75mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm 24mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
12 - 32 18 - 200
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
8/7 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 Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
37mm 62mm
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
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
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 51200
 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
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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@30fps
 1280x720@30fps
BEST
 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
 LCD
 LCD
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

Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.92x
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
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-4 - 4 -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
Lens Weight
70g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
55.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
211g
BEST
650g

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
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

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 9.6 PE 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
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