Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Pentax Optio RZ10 front

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Key Specs

Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Released January 2017
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GH4
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GH5 II
Pentax RZ10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Revealed July 2011
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Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Panasonic GH5 versus Pentax RZ10, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the GH5 (20MP) and RZ10 (14MP) and the GH5 (Four Thirds) and RZ10 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizing.

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The GH5 was revealed 5 years after the RZ10 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax RZ10 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a concise overview of how the GH5 grades versus the RZ10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Pentax RZ10

 GH5 RZ10 
RevealedJanuary 2017July 2011Newer by 67 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1620k230kSharper display (+1390k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax RZ10 over the Panasonic GH5

 RZ10 GH5 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5 and Pentax RZ10

 GH5 RZ10 
Manual focus More precise focus

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic GH5 has got physical measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") with a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs) whilst the Pentax RZ10 has specifications of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the GH5 compared to the RZ10.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH5 and RZ10 is 59 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's tough to picture the gap in sensor dimensions only by going through specifications. The picture here will help give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the GH5 and RZ10.

Plainly, both cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The GH5 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic GH5 will produce extra detail because of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics way more aggressively. The younger GH5 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Portrait photography details
Pentax RZ10 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
supports RAW files
focusing manually
good resolution (14MP)
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GH5
Street photography with Pentax RZ10
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
supports focus via touch
weather proof
very good high ISO (25,600)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GH5
Sports photography with Pentax RZ10
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
low battery pack (410 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (178 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GH5
Travel photography with Pentax RZ10
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
supports focus via touch
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
low battery pack (410 per charge)
weather sealing
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
great zoom (280mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
terrible battery pack (178 CIPA)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography details
Pentax RZ10 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have low pass filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather proof
has double storage slots
low battery pack (410 CIPA)
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
weather sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
terrible battery pack (178 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Vlogging advice
Pentax RZ10 Vlogging advice
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone port
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic jack
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Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax RZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5 and Pentax RZ10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5Pentax Optio RZ10
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Pentax Optio RZ10
Type Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2017-01-04 2011-07-19
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 225 9
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-280mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.2-5.9
Macro focus range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3.2" 2.7"
Resolution of display 1,620 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 2.80 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 725g (1.60 lb) 178g (0.39 lb)
Physical dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 77 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 not tested
DXO Low light score 807 not tested
Battery life 410 shots 178 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Two One
Cost at release $1,298 $200