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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2

Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
66
Overall
58
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 front
 
Pentax K-S2 front
Portability
64
Imaging
64
Features
82
Overall
71

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Key Specs

Panasonic GF7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 266g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF6
  • New Model is Panasonic GF8
Pentax K-S2
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 678g - 123 x 91 x 73mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Superseded the Pentax K-S1
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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Overview

The following is a extended assessment of the Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the GF7 (16MP) and the K-S2 (20MP) is very close but the GF7 (Four Thirds) and K-S2 (APS-C) offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The GF7 was manufactured at a similar time to the K-S2 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GF7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-S2 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving right into a detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the GF7 matches up versus the K-S2 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF7 over the Pentax K-S2

 GF7 K-S2 
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-S2 over the Panasonic GF7

 K-S2 GF7 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Panasonic GF7 and Pentax K-S2

 GF7 K-S2 
ReleasedFebruary 2015February 2015Same age
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF7 has physical measurements of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Pentax K-S2 has proportions of 123mm x 91mm x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9") having a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the GF7 vs the K-S2.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the GF7 and K-S2 is 90 and 64 respectively.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to see the gap in sensor dimensions simply by viewing a spec sheet. The pic here may give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the GF7 and K-S2.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The GF7 featuring a smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh tougher and the Pentax K-S2 will render greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will help you crop images a good deal more aggressively.

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF7 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-S2 as a Portrait photography camera
65
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
78
manual focus
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF7 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-S2 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
72
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proof
very good ISO range (51,200)
heavier than competition in class (678g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GF7
Sports photography with Pentax K-S2
52
great max shutter speed (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (5.8 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (230 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
70
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
sensor has phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (5.4 frames per second)
terrible battery power (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GF7
Travel photography with Pentax K-S2
70
includes touch to focus
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
low battery power (230 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
65
weather proof
decent MP (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery power (410 shots)
heavier than competition in class (678 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GF7
Landscape photography with Pentax K-S2
69
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery power (230 shots)
77
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have low pass filter
very good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather proof
terrible battery power (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF7 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax K-S2 as a Vlogging camera
33
has touchscreen
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no external microphone support
71
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic port
heavier than competition in class (678g)
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Panasonic GF7 vs Pentax K-S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF7 and Pentax K-S2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7Pentax K-S2
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 Pentax K-S2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2015-02-01 2015-02-10
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3448 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 25600 51200
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 107 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.8 frames per sec 5.4 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual flash
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 266 gr (0.59 lb) 678 gr (1.49 lb)
Physical dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 123 x 91 x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 photos 410 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $308 $581