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Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q

Portability
72
Imaging
49
Features
60
Overall
53
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 front
 
Pentax Q front
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Key Specs

Panasonic G2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 428g - 124 x 84 x 74mm
  • Announced July 2010
  • Succeeded the Panasonic G1
  • Renewed by Panasonic G3
Pentax Q
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 180g - 98 x 57 x 31mm
  • Launched June 2011
  • Successor is Pentax Q10
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Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Panasonic G2 versus Pentax Q, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the G2 (12MP) and the Q (12MP) is relatively close but the G2 (Four Thirds) and Q (1/2.3") provide different sensor sizes.

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The G2 was revealed 11 months earlier than the Q which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic G2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Q being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a short highlight of how the G2 matches up against the Q with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G2 over the Pentax Q

 G2 Q 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q over the Panasonic G2

 Q G2 
LaunchedJune 2011July 2010Fresher by 11 months

Common features in the Panasonic G2 and Pentax Q

 G2 Q 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic G2 comes with outside measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 74mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.9") along with a weight of 428 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Pentax Q has measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") having a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the G2 compared to the Q.

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G2 and Q is 72 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to imagine the gap in sensor sizing merely by researching specs. The photograph underneath will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the G2 and Q.

As you can plainly see, both cameras come with the identical megapixels albeit different sensor sizing. The G2 comes with the bigger sensor which should make achieving shallow DOF less difficult. The older G2 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q sensor size comparison

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic G2
Portrait photography with Pentax Q
61
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
45
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G2 Street photography highlights
Pentax Q Street photography highlights
65
screen articulates
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch focus
no image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (428g)
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (180g)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G2 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Q as a Sports photography camera
41
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
lacks phase detect AF
32
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (230 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G2 Travel photography advice
Pentax Q Travel photography advice
58
boasts touch focus
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors in class (428g)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
57
lighter than competition in class (180 grams)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (230 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G2 Landscape photography information
Pentax Q Landscape photography information
58
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
no Time Lapse recording
51
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (230 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G2 Vlogging highlights
Pentax Q Vlogging highlights
61
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
includes external mic jack
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than competitors in class (428g)
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (180 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no external mic support
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Panasonic G2 vs Pentax Q Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G2 and Pentax Q
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2Pentax Q
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Pentax Q
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2010-07-12 2011-06-23
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine HD II -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Pentax Q
Amount of lenses 107 8
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 11.00 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 428g (0.94 pounds) 180g (0.40 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 84 x 74mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.9") 98 x 57 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 53 47
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 11.1
DXO Low light rating 493 189
Other
Battery life 360 shots 230 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $1,000 $695