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Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10

Portability
87
Imaging
52
Features
54
Overall
52
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 front
 
Pentax Optio I-10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Key Specs

Panasonic GX1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 318g - 116 x 68 x 39mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Updated by Panasonic GX7
Pentax I-10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 65 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
Photography Glossary

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Overview

Following is a thorough overview of the Panasonic GX1 and Pentax I-10, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap between the resolutions of the GX1 (16MP) and I-10 (12MP) and the GX1 (Four Thirds) and I-10 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GX1 was released 2 years after the I-10 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GX1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax I-10 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a brief overview of how the GX1 scores versus the I-10 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GX1 over the Pentax I-10

 GX1 I-10 
IntroducedFebruary 2012January 2010More modern by 25 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax I-10 over the Panasonic GX1

 I-10 GX1 

Common features in the Panasonic GX1 and Pentax I-10

 GX1 I-10 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic GX1 offers outside measurements of 116mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") and a weight of 318 grams (0.70 lbs) whilst the Pentax I-10 has measurements of 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic GX1 and Pentax I-10 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the GX1 vs the I-10.

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GX1 and I-10 is 87 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes just by looking at specs. The pic below will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the GX1 and I-10.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The GX1 featuring a larger sensor will make getting shallower DOF easier and the Panasonic GX1 will give you greater detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The more modern GX1 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GX1 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax I-10 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
27
has manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GX1
Street photography with Pentax I-10
70
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
boasts focus via touch
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
56
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GX1 Sports photography info
Pentax I-10 Sports photography info
47
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (300 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
31
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GX1
Travel photography with Pentax I-10
65
boasts focus via touch
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
bad battery (300 per charge)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
57
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GX1 Landscape photography details
Pentax I-10 Landscape photography details
62
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (300 shots)
no Time Lapse mode
36
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX1 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax I-10 as a Vlogging camera
32
touchscreen capability
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
no mic support
28
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone socket
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Panasonic GX1 vs Pentax I-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GX1 and Pentax I-10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1Pentax Optio I-10
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Pentax Optio I-10
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-02-14 2010-01-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3448 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 160 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range - 10cm
Available lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 4.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.60 m 4.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 318g (0.70 lbs) 153g (0.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") 101 x 65 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 703 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 pictures -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $228 $310