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Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D

Portability
83
Imaging
52
Features
62
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 front
 
Pentax K110D front
Portability
67
Imaging
45
Features
30
Overall
39

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Key Specs

Panasonic G3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 336g - 115 x 84 x 47mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic G2
  • New Model is Panasonic G5
Pentax K110D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 585g - 129 x 93 x 70mm
  • Launched May 2006
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Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Panasonic G3 versus Pentax K110D, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a substantial gap among the sensor resolutions of the G3 (16MP) and K110D (6MP) and the G3 (Four Thirds) and K110D (APS-C) offer different sensor measurements.

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The G3 was brought out 5 years later than the K110D and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K110D being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go right into a thorough comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the G3 grades against the K110D in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G3 over the Pentax K110D

 G3 K110D 
LaunchedJuly 2011May 2006Fresher by 63 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k210kClearer screen (+250k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K110D over the Panasonic G3

 K110D G3 

Common features in the Panasonic G3 and Pentax K110D

 G3 K110D 
Manual focus More exact focusing

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G3 comes with physical measurements of 115mm x 84mm x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") with a weight of 336 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Pentax K110D has dimensions of 129mm x 93mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8") having a weight of 585 grams (1.29 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the G3 versus the K110D.

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G3 and K110D is 83 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to picture the difference in sensor sizing only by seeing technical specs. The graphic here may give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the G3 and K110D.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G3 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF more challenging and the Panasonic G3 will produce greater detail having its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures more aggressively. The newer G3 provides an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D sensor size comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G3 Portrait photography information
Pentax K110D Portrait photography information
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
51
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G3 Street photography factors
Pentax K110D Street photography factors
75
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
supports focus by touch
does not have image stabilization
56
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G3 Sports photography highlights
Pentax K110D Sports photography highlights
47
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (270 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
39
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
max fps low (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G3 Travel photography details
Pentax K110D Travel photography details
70
supports focus by touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (270 per charge)
45
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (6MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G3 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K110D as a Landscape photography camera
62
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (270 per charge)
no Time Lapse recording
46
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G3 Vlogging advice
Pentax K110D Vlogging advice
70
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have image stabilization
no external mic port
9
no video
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Panasonic G3 vs Pentax K110D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G3 and Pentax K110D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3Pentax K110D
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Pentax K110D
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2011-07-11 2006-05-22
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 6MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 4592 x 3448 3008 x 2008
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF
Amount of lenses 107 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 460k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 96 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 11.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG -
Mic port
Headphone port
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 336g (0.74 lb) 585g (1.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 115 x 84 x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") 129 x 93 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 667 not tested
Other
Battery life 270 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC card
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $500 $1,000