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Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90

Portability
88
Imaging
48
Features
50
Overall
48
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 front
 
Pentax Optio H90 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Key Specs

Panasonic GF2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 310g - 113 x 68 x 33mm
  • Announced February 2011
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GF1
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GF3
Pentax H90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 65 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Panasonic GF2 and Pentax H90, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the GF2 (12MP) and the H90 (12MP) is pretty well matched but the GF2 (Four Thirds) and H90 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor size.

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The GF2 was manufactured 14 months after the H90 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. The two cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GF2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax H90 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the GF2 scores versus the H90 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF2 over the Pentax H90

 GF2 H90 
IntroducedFebruary 2011January 2010More modern by 14 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax H90 over the Panasonic GF2

 H90 GF2 

Common features in the Panasonic GF2 and Pentax H90

 GF2 H90 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic GF2 offers outside dimensions of 113mm x 68mm x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3") with a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) whilst the Pentax H90 has measurements of 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic GF2 and Pentax H90 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 differ based on the lens you choose during that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the GF2 and the H90.

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GF2 and H90 is 88 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to envision the contrast between sensor sizes just by looking at a spec sheet. The pic below might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the GF2 and H90.

Clearly, both the cameras enjoy the same exact megapixel count albeit not the same sensor sizes. The GF2 has the bigger sensor which will make getting shallower DOF simpler. The more modern GF2 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF2 Portrait photography info
Pentax H90 Portrait photography info
60
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
27
has manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF2 as a Street photography camera
Pentax H90 as a Street photography camera
65
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
56
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF2 Sports photography information
Pentax H90 Sports photography information
38
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery power (300 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
31
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF2 Travel photography features
Pentax H90 Travel photography features
52
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
low battery power (300 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
57
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GF2
Landscape photography with Pentax H90
55
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery power (300 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
36
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF2 Vlogging information
Pentax H90 Vlogging information
32
has touchscreen
offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of microphone socket
28
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic support
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Panasonic GF2 vs Pentax H90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF2 and Pentax H90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2Pentax Optio H90
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Pentax Optio H90
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-02-24 2010-01-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine FHD Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range - 10cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 4.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 310 grams (0.68 lb) 153 grams (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 113 x 68 x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3") 101 x 65 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 506 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $330 $150