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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10

Portability
70
Imaging
51
Features
65
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
 
Pentax Q10 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
56
Overall
44

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Key Specs

Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Released March 2011
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH1
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GH3
Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Succeeded the Pentax Q
  • Newer Model is Pentax Q7
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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Overview

Here is a comprehensive overview of the Panasonic GH2 and Pentax Q10, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the GH2 (16MP) and Q10 (12MP) and the GH2 (Four Thirds) and Q10 (1/2.3") use different sensor sizing.

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The GH2 was brought out 17 months prior to the Q10 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Q10 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summary of how the GH2 scores vs the Q10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Pentax Q10

 GH2 Q10 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Panasonic GH2

 Q10 GH2 
LaunchedSeptember 2012March 2011Fresher by 17 months

Common features in the Panasonic GH2 and Pentax Q10

 GH2 Q10 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GH2 offers outer dimensions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs) whilst the Pentax Q10 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the GH2 vs the Q10.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH2 and Q10 is 70 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to picture the difference in sensor sizing simply by going through technical specs. The visual below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the GH2 and Q10.

As you have seen, both of the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The GH2 due to its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic GH2 will provide extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The older GH2 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography details
Pentax Q10 Portrait photography details
70
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
48
manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Street photography information
Pentax Q10 Street photography information
68
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (200g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Sports photography details
Pentax Q10 Sports photography details
46
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (330 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
36
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps low (5.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (270 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH2 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax Q10 as a Travel photography camera
62
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (330 per charge)
60
lighter than competition (200 grams)
has built in flash
not so great battery life (270 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GH2
Landscape photography with Pentax Q10
60
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (330 shots)
missing Time Lapse recording
54
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (270 per charge)
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH2
Vlogging with Pentax Q10
71
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic jack
no image stabilization
35
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (200 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
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Panasonic GH2 vs Pentax Q10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH2 and Pentax Q10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2Pentax Q10
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Pentax Q10
Class Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2011-03-23 2012-09-10
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Pentax Q
Amount of lenses 107 8
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 15.60 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160s 1/2000s
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 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 442g (0.97 lbs) 200g (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 49
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 21.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 10.9
DXO Low light rating 655 183
Other
Battery life 330 photos 270 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $1,000 $350