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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80

Portability
74
Imaging
53
Features
66
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
 
Pentax Optio W80 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Key Specs

Panasonic G5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 83 x 71mm
  • Revealed July 2012
  • Replaced the Panasonic G3
  • Refreshed by Panasonic G6
Pentax W80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released June 2009
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Overview

Lets look closer at the Panasonic G5 versus Pentax W80, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Panasonic and Pentax. There is a big difference between the sensor resolutions of the G5 (16MP) and W80 (12MP) and the G5 (Four Thirds) and W80 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The G5 was introduced 3 years later than the W80 and that is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax W80 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G5 matches up vs the W80 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Pentax W80

 G5 W80 
ReleasedJuly 2012June 2009More recent by 38 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax W80 over the Panasonic G5

 W80 G5 

Common features in the Panasonic G5 and Pentax W80

 G5 W80 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic G5 has got outside dimensions of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") and a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Pentax W80 has specifications of 100mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the G5 and the W80.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the G5 and W80 is 74 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to see the difference between sensor measurements purely by reading specs. The photograph below should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the G5 and W80.

All in all, both of these cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The G5 having a bigger sensor will make getting bokeh easier and the Panasonic G5 will offer you greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures more aggressively. The more modern G5 is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G5 Portrait photography information
Pentax W80 Portrait photography information
71
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW formats
27
you can focus manually
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic G5
Street photography with Pentax W80
67
screen articulates
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
offers focus via touch
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than others (396g)
54
weather sealing
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G5
Sports photography with Pentax W80
51
MP count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
24
weather sealing
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Travel photography camera
66
offers focus via touch
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (396g)
64
weather sealing
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax W80 as a Landscape photography camera
66
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
37
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
weather sealing
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5 inches)
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G5 Vlogging information
Pentax W80 Vlogging information
63
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have image stabilization
missing external microphone port
more heavy than others (396 grams)
25
decently wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic jack
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Panasonic G5 vs Pentax W80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G5 and Pentax W80
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5Pentax Optio W80
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Pentax Optio W80
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-07-17 2009-06-25
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 160 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.50 m 3.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 396g (0.87 pounds) 156g (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") 100 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 61 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 618 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 photographs -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI78
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $699 $250