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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7

Portability
74
Imaging
52
Features
66
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
 
Pentax K-7 front
Portability
60
Imaging
55
Features
69
Overall
60

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Key Specs

Panasonic G5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 83 x 71mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic G3
  • Replacement is Panasonic G6
Pentax K-7
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 2000 (Expand to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 750g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Introduced October 2009
  • Renewed by Pentax K-5
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Overview

Here is a extended comparison of the Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-7, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the G5 (16MP) and the K-7 (15MP) is pretty comparable but the G5 (Four Thirds) and K-7 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The G5 was manufactured 2 years later than the K-7 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-7 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the G5 grades versus the K-7 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Pentax K-7

 G5 K-7 
IntroducedJuly 2012October 2009Fresher by 34 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-7 over the Panasonic G5

 K-7 G5 
Screen resolution921k920kSharper screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-7

 G5 K-7 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera often, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic G5 comes with exterior measurements of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-7 has sizing of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-7 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the G5 versus the K-7.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the G5 and K-7 is 74 and 60 respectively.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizing purely by going through technical specs. The graphic here may give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the G5 and K-7.

As you have seen, the two cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The G5 featuring a smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Panasonic G5 will produce more detail due to its extra 1MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more recent G5 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic G5
Portrait photography with Pentax K-7
71
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
73
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic G5
Street photography with Pentax K-7
66
fully articulated screen
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features focus via touch
no image stabilization
heavier than average (396 grams)
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G5 Sports photography info
Pentax K-7 Sports photography info
51
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
70
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
environment proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G5 Travel photography factors
Pentax K-7 Travel photography factors
66
features focus via touch
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than average (396g)
65
environment proofing
sensor resolution is decent (15MP)
built-in flash
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G5 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-7 Landscape photography features
65
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
missing Time Lapse function
78
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G5 Vlogging factors
Pentax K-7 Vlogging factors
62
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
no image stabilization
missing mic support
heavier than average (396g)
25
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5Pentax K-7
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Pentax K-7
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Released 2012-07-17 2009-10-02
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4672 x 3104
Highest native ISO 12800 2000
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 160 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 107 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT color LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.50 m 13.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 1536 x 1024 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 396 grams (0.87 lb) 750 grams (1.65 lb)
Physical dimensions 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 61 61
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 10.6
DXO Low light score 618 536
Other
Battery life 320 photos 980 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $699 $599