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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP

Portability
70
Imaging
51
Features
65
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
 
Pentax KP front
Portability
61
Imaging
68
Features
76
Overall
71

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Key Specs

Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Launched March 2011
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH1
  • Updated by Panasonic GH3
Pentax KP
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 819200
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 703g - 132 x 101 x 76mm
  • Introduced January 2017
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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Overview

Below is a detailed analysis of the Panasonic GH2 and Pentax KP, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the GH2 (16MP) and KP (24MP) and the GH2 (Four Thirds) and KP (APS-C) posses different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The GH2 was brought out 6 years earlier than the KP and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax KP being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a quick summation of how the GH2 matches up vs the KP with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Pentax KP

 GH2 KP 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax KP over the Panasonic GH2

 KP GH2 
IntroducedJanuary 2017March 2011More recent by 71 months
Screen resolution921k460kClearer screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH2 and Pentax KP

 GH2 KP 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GH2 has outside dimensions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") having a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs) and the Pentax KP has proportions of 132mm x 101mm x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0") with a weight of 703 grams (1.55 lbs).

Check the Panasonic GH2 and Pentax KP in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the GH2 against the KP.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH2 and KP is 70 and 61 respectively.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to imagine the difference in sensor measurements simply by checking out specs. The photograph here may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the GH2 and KP.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GH2 because of its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF harder and the Pentax KP will provide greater detail having its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs way more aggressively. The older GH2 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography info
Pentax KP Portrait photography info
70
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
80
focusing manually
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Street photography highlights
Pentax KP Street photography highlights
68
screen can move to multiple angles
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
76
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
great high ISO (819,200)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Sports photography features
Pentax KP Sports photography features
46
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (330 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
72
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/24,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
terrible battery (390 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Travel photography info
Pentax KP Travel photography info
62
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery (330 shots)
62
environment proofing
decent megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
terrible battery (390 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Landscape photography factors
Pentax KP Landscape photography factors
60
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (330 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
78
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (819,200)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
terrible battery (390 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH2
Vlogging with Pentax KP
71
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic jack
does not have image stabilization
35
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic support
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax KP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH2 and Pentax KP
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2Pentax KP
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Pentax KP
Class Advanced Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Launched 2011-03-23 2017-01-26
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD PRIME IV
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 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6016 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 819200
Lowest native ISO 160 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 27
Cross focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 107 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x 0.63x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/24000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 15.60 m 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual, wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum 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 (24, 30, 60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 442 gr (0.97 lb) 703 gr (1.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") 132 x 101 x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 60 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 655 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 390 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $1,000 $747