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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r

Portability
74
Imaging
52
Features
66
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
 
Pentax K-r front
Portability
67
Imaging
53
Features
52
Overall
52

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r 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
  • Superseded the Panasonic G3
  • Replacement is Panasonic G6
Pentax K-r
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 598g - 125 x 97 x 68mm
  • Launched March 2011
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the G5 (16MP) and K-r (12MP) and the G5 (Four Thirds) and K-r (APS-C) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The G5 was revealed 17 months after the K-r which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic G5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-r being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the G5 matches up versus the K-r when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Pentax K-r

 G5 K-r 
LaunchedJuly 2012March 2011More modern by 17 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-r over the Panasonic G5

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

Common features in the Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-r

 G5 K-r 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic G5 enjoys outer dimensions of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") along with a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Pentax K-r has specifications of 125mm x 97mm x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7") accompanied by a weight of 598 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the G5 against the K-r.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G5 and K-r is 74 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to envision the difference between sensor sizes purely by reading a spec sheet. The pic underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G5 and K-r.

As you can see, both of the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The G5 using its tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Panasonic G5 will deliver extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The newer G5 will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r sensor size comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-r as a Portrait photography camera
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW files
63
focusing manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic G5
Street photography with Pentax K-r
66
fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
comes with touch focus
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than others in class (396g)
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-r as a Sports photography camera
51
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
max fps very slow (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
55
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery life (470 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-r as a Travel photography camera
66
comes with touch focus
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (396 grams)
47
flash built-in
terrible battery life (470 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-r as a Landscape photography camera
65
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
65
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
terrible battery life (470 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G5 Vlogging details
Pentax K-r Vlogging details
62
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (396 grams)
26
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection autofocus
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax K-r Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G5 and Pentax K-r
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5Pentax K-r
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Pentax K-r
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2012-07-17 2011-03-11
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 2848
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 160 200
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 23 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 107 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.50 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync, High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 396 gr (0.87 lb) 598 gr (1.32 lb)
Dimensions 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") 125 x 97 x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 61 72
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 12.4
DXO Low light score 618 755
Other
Battery life 320 images 470 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $699 $1,100