Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS front

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS 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
  • Launched January 2017
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GH4
  • New Model is Panasonic GH5 II
Pentax WG-2 GPS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 198g - 122 x 61 x 30mm
  • Launched February 2012
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Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS, former being a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Waterproof by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the GH5 (20MP) and WG-2 GPS (16MP) and the GH5 (Four Thirds) and WG-2 GPS (1/2.3") have different sensor measurements.

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The GH5 was brought out 4 years later than the WG-2 GPS and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax WG-2 GPS being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the GH5 matches up versus the WG-2 GPS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Pentax WG-2 GPS

 GH5 WG-2 GPS 
LaunchedJanuary 2017February 2012More recent by 60 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k460kSharper screen (+1160k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax WG-2 GPS over the Panasonic GH5

 WG-2 GPS GH5 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5 and Pentax WG-2 GPS

 GH5 WG-2 GPS 
Manual focus More exact focusing

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you will have to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GH5 offers outside measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") having a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs) whilst the Pentax WG-2 GPS has proportions of 122mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the GH5 compared to the WG-2 GPS.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the GH5 and WG-2 GPS is 59 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements just by seeing specifications. The photograph here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the GH5 and WG-2 GPS.

Plainly, both cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The GH5 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic GH5 will show more detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more modern GH5 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5
Portrait photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
focusing manually
MP count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GH5
Street photography with Pentax WG-2 GPS
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has touch focus
environment proof
great high ISO (25,600)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Sports photography information
Pentax WG-2 GPS Sports photography information
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
has no phase detect AF
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH5 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax WG-2 GPS as a Travel photography camera
environment proof
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
MP count decent (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
weather proofing
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography info
Pentax WG-2 GPS Landscape photography info
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
does not have anti aliasing filter
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
2 card slots
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count good (16MP)
weather proofing
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH5
Vlogging with Pentax WG-2 GPS
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has external microphone support
quite wide (28mm)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no external microphone support
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Panasonic GH5 vs Pentax WG-2 GPS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5 and Pentax WG-2 GPS
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
Category Pro Mirrorless Waterproof
Launched 2017-01-04 2012-02-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-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 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 125
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 225 9
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,620 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech - Widescreen TFT color LCD with anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.40 m
Flash settings 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
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 725g (1.60 lb) 198g (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 122 x 61 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 77 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 807 not tested
Battery life 410 images 260 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots Two 1
Pricing at release $1,298 $300