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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1

Portability
87
Imaging
54
Features
64
Overall
58
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
 
Pentax K-S1 front
Portability
69
Imaging
65
Features
70
Overall
67

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Key Specs

Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Launched April 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic GF5
  • Replacement is Panasonic GF7
Pentax K-S1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 558g - 121 x 93 x 70mm
  • Introduced August 2014
  • Replacement is Pentax K-S2
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Panasonic GF6 versus Pentax K-S1, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the GF6 (16MP) and the K-S1 (20MP) is fairly close but the GF6 (Four Thirds) and K-S1 (APS-C) feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GF6 was manufactured 16 months earlier than the K-S1 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-S1 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting through a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief view of how the GF6 scores against the K-S1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Pentax K-S1

 GF6 K-S1 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-S1 over the Panasonic GF6

 K-S1 GF6 
IntroducedAugust 2014April 2013Newer by 16 months

Common features in the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K-S1

 GF6 K-S1 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic GF6 has outside measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-S1 has sizing of 121mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 558 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the GF6 versus the K-S1.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GF6 and K-S1 is 87 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to see the difference in sensor dimensions purely by researching technical specs. The picture below should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the GF6 and K-S1.

As you have seen, both of these cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The GF6 because of its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF more difficult and the Pentax K-S1 will render more detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged GF6 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K-S1 Portrait photography factors
65
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
can't use external flash
79
focusing manually
MP count good (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Street photography highlights
Pentax K-S1 Street photography highlights
77
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
comes with touch focus
lack of image stabilization
73
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (558 grams)
above average high ISO (51,200)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GF6
Sports photography with Pentax K-S1
52
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
70
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second low (5.4 frames/s)
not so great battery life (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GF6
Travel photography with Pentax K-S1
69
comes with touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
60
lighter than competition (558g)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (410 CIPA)
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF6 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-S1 as a Landscape photography camera
67
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
73
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
no low pass filter
above average high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
not so great battery life (410 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF6 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-S1 as a Vlogging camera
32
touch screen
offers face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
missing microphone socket
33
image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (558g)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone socket
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K-S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6Pentax K-S1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Pentax K-S1
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Launched 2013-04-08 2014-08-27
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD Prime MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3448 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 12800 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 107 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 4.0fps 5.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.30 m 10.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto + redeye, on, on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps) 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 323 grams (0.71 pounds) 558 grams (1.23 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") 121 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 54 78
DXO Color Depth rating 20.7 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.6 13.0
DXO Low light rating 622 1061
Other
Battery life 340 shots 410 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
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