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Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70

Portability
71
Imaging
54
Features
80
Overall
64
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Key Specs

Panasonic G7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 410g - 125 x 86 x 77mm
  • Released May 2015
  • Superseded the Panasonic G6
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Released January 2009
Photography Glossary

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the G7 (16MP) and E70 (10MP) and the G7 (Four Thirds) and E70 (1/2.3") boast different sensor size.

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The G7 was revealed 6 years after the E70 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G7 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax E70 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summation of how the G7 matches up vs the E70 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G7 over the Pentax E70

 G7 E70 
ReleasedMay 2015January 2009Newer by 78 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.4"Bigger screen (+0.6")
Screen resolution1040k112kClearer screen (+928k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic G7

 E70 G7 

Common features in the Panasonic G7 and Pentax E70

 G7 E70 

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera often, you'll need to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic G7 has outer measurements of 125mm x 86mm x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0") along with a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) and the Pentax E70 has specifications of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") having a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

Check the Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the G7 compared to the E70.

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G7 and E70 is 71 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its tough to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions simply by reading a spec sheet. The picture underneath should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the G7 and E70.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The G7 with its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF easier and the Panasonic G7 will deliver extra detail because of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The fresher G7 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G7 Portrait photography details
Pentax E70 Portrait photography details
72
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
19
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G7 Street photography info
Pentax E70 Street photography info
72
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
47
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G7
Sports photography with Pentax E70
55
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
lack of image stabilization
bad battery life (350 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
16
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G7 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax E70 as a Travel photography camera
71
features focus by touch
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
bad battery life (350 per charge)
50
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G7 Landscape photography features
Pentax E70 Landscape photography features
67
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
bad battery life (350 CIPA)
22
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.4 inches)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G7 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax E70 as a Vlogging camera
72
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone support
lack of image stabilization
22
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic support
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Panasonic G7 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G7 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Pentax Optio E70
Class Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2015-05-19 2009-01-05
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
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 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3448 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35-105mm (3.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range - 10cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.4 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 112k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.30 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 410g (0.90 lb) 175g (0.39 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 86 x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $800 $140