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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
38

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Key Specs

Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
Pentax WG-2 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 198g - 122 x 61 x 30mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Panasonic FS7 versus Pentax WG-2 GPS, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Waterproof by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the FS7 (10MP) and WG-2 GPS (16MP) and the FS7 (1/2.5") and WG-2 GPS (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The FS7 was brought out 4 years earlier than the WG-2 GPS and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera and the Pentax WG-2 GPS being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the FS7 scores against the WG-2 GPS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 FS7 WG-2 GPS 

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Panasonic FS7

 WG-2 GPS FS7 
IntroducedFebruary 2012January 2009More recent by 37 months
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FS7 and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 FS7 WG-2 GPS 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FS7 provides outer measurements of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") having a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Pentax WG-2 GPS has measurements of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") along with a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FS7 versus Pentax WG-2 GPS in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have during that time. Below is the front view size comparison of the FS7 versus the WG-2 GPS.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FS7 and WG-2 GPS is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to see the contrast in sensor measurements merely by going through specifications. The photograph underneath might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the FS7 and WG-2 GPS.

To sum up, both the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The FS7 due to its smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Pentax WG-2 GPS will show extra detail having its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The older FS7 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FS7
Portrait photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
20
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
41
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Street photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
54
environment proofing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Sports photography factors
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography factors
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no phase detect autofocus
38
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Travel photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Travel photography advice
51
built-in flash
missing Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
71
environment proofing
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Landscape photography advice
Pentax WG-2 GPS Landscape photography advice
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
47
focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
environment proofing
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Vlogging camera
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external microphone jack
30
fairly wide (28mm)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
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Panasonic FS7 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS7 and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Category Ultracompact Waterproof
Introduced 2009-01-16 2012-02-07
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 24.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 33-132mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 5.40 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 139 gr (0.31 lbs) 198 gr (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $160 $300