Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
Pentax Optio H90 front

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 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
  • Launched April 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic GF5
  • Replacement is Panasonic GF7
Pentax H90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 65 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2010
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Panasonic GF6 versus Pentax H90, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a noticeable difference among the resolutions of the GF6 (16MP) and H90 (12MP) and the GF6 (Four Thirds) and H90 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizing.

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The GF6 was launched 3 years after the H90 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax H90 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the GF6 grades versus the H90 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Pentax H90

 GF6 H90 
LaunchedApril 2013January 2010More modern by 39 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax H90 over the Panasonic GF6

 H90 GF6 

Common features in the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax H90

 GF6 H90 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera often, you will need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF6 features physical dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") with a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs) while the Pentax H90 has proportions of 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1") having a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the GF6 versus the H90.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the GF6 and H90 is 87 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to picture the gap in sensor sizes simply by seeing a spec sheet. The pic underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the GF6 and H90.

Clearly, both of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The GF6 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic GF6 will produce greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images way more aggressively. The more modern GF6 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax H90 Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
external flash not possible
has manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Street photography features
Pentax H90 Street photography features
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
lack of image stabilization
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Sports photography factors
Pentax H90 Sports photography factors
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Travel photography information
Pentax H90 Travel photography information
comes with touch focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Landscape photography details
Pentax H90 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Vlogging advice
Pentax H90 Vlogging advice
built-in touchscreen
features face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
missing microphone jack
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax H90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF6 and Pentax H90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6Pentax Optio H90
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Pentax Optio H90
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-04-08 2010-01-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3448 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 160 80
RAW format
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance - 10cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.30 m 4.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 323 gr (0.71 pounds) 153 gr (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") 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 20.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 622 not tested
Battery life 340 photographs -
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
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $326 $150