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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D

Portability
87
Imaging
53
Features
64
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
 
Pentax K20D front
Portability
59
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Key Specs

Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Introduced April 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF5
  • Renewed by Panasonic GF7
Pentax K20D
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced June 2008
  • Succeeded the Pentax K10D
Photography Glossary

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K20D, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The resolution of the GF6 (16MP) and the K20D (15MP) is very similar but the GF6 (Four Thirds) and K20D (APS-C) have different sensor dimensions.

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The GF6 was introduced 4 years after the K20D which is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K20D being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the GF6 grades versus the K20D with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Pentax K20D

 GF6 K20D 
IntroducedApril 2013June 2008More modern by 59 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K20D over the Panasonic GF6

 K20D GF6 

Common features in the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K20D

 GF6 K20D 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic GF6 features physical dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs) and the Pentax K20D has sizing of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K20D in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the GF6 against the K20D.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the GF6 and K20D is 87 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizes purely by going over specifications. The image below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GF6 and K20D.

Plainly, both cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The GF6 with its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field tougher and the Panasonic GF6 will offer extra detail using its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The more modern GF6 provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography features
Pentax K20D Portrait photography features
65
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
can't use external flash
72
you can focus manually
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GF6
Street photography with Pentax K20D
77
screen tilts
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
does not have image stabilization
65
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Sports photography information
Pentax K20D Sports photography information
51
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Travel photography info
Pentax K20D Travel photography info
69
boasts focus via touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
64
weather sealing
MP count good (15MP)
flash built-in
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Landscape photography info
Pentax K20D Landscape photography info
67
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
71
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
small screen (2.7 inch)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K20D Vlogging highlights
32
touchscreen enabled
includes face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
9
lack of video recording
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax K20D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF6 and Pentax K20D
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6Pentax K20D
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Pentax K20D
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-04-08 2008-06-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 15MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4592 x 3448 4672 x 3104
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 160 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 11
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 107 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.30 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone 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 323g (0.71 pounds) 800g (1.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 65
DXO Color Depth score 20.7 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score 10.6 11.1
DXO Low light score 622 639
Other
Battery life 340 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $326 $700