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Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500

Portability
67
Imaging
62
Features
88
Overall
72
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G95 front
 
Pentax K-500 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Key Specs

Panasonic G95
(Full Review)
  • 20.3MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 536g - 130 x 94 x 77mm
  • Released April 2019
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-G90
  • Older Model is Panasonic G85
Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released November 2013
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Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Overview

Here is a in-depth assessment of the Panasonic G95 and Pentax K-500, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap among the sensor resolutions of the G95 (20.3MP) and K-500 (16MP) and the G95 (Four Thirds) and K-500 (APS-C) offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The G95 was released 5 years later than the K-500 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G95 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-500 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going right into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the G95 scores versus the K-500 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G95 over the Pentax K-500

 G95 K-500 
ReleasedApril 2019November 2013Fresher by 66 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1240k921kSharper display (+319k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Panasonic G95

 K-500 G95 

Common features in the Panasonic G95 and Pentax K-500

 G95 K-500 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera often, you should take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G95 provides outer measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 77mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.0") and a weight of 536 grams (1.18 lbs) while the Pentax K-500 has dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic G95 and Pentax K-500 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the G95 compared to the K-500.

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G95 and K-500 is 67 and 64 respectively.

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to see the gap in sensor sizing just by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph here may offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the G95 and K-500.

Clearly, each of the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G95 due to its smaller sensor will make achieving bokeh tougher and the Panasonic G95 will produce more detail as a result of its extra 4.3MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The newer G95 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G95 Portrait photography features
Pentax K-500 Portrait photography features
77
manual focus
MP count decent (20.3MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G95 Street photography information
Pentax K-500 Street photography information
78
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
weather proofing
good high ISO (25,600)
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
very good high ISO (51,600)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G95 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Sports photography camera
68
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20.3 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
not so great battery (290 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
good battery life (710 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G95 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-500 as a Travel photography camera
73
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
MP count decent (20.3MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery (290 per charge)
67
good battery life (710 shots)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G95 Landscape photography details
Pentax K-500 Landscape photography details
76
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20.3MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
not so great battery (290 shots)
79
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (51,600)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (710 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G95 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-500 as a Vlogging camera
79
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external microphone jack
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no mic port
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Panasonic G95 vs Pentax K-500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G95 and Pentax K-500
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G95Pentax K-500
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G95 Pentax K-500
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-G90 -
Class Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2019-04-05 2013-11-27
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine PRIME M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20.3MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 51600
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 107 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,240 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 9.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.40 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 536 gr (1.18 lb) 646 gr (1.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 94 x 77mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.0") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 79
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 1087
Other
Battery life 290 pictures 710 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $998 $600