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Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1

Portability
81
Imaging
53
Features
75
Overall
61
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 front
 
Pentax Q-S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Key Specs

Panasonic GX7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 402g - 123 x 71 x 55mm
  • Announced November 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GX1
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GX8
Pentax Q-S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 203g - 105 x 58 x 34mm
  • Released August 2014
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Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Overview

Here is a comprehensive review of the Panasonic GX7 and Pentax Q-S1, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the GX7 (16MP) and Q-S1 (12MP) and the GX7 (Four Thirds) and Q-S1 (1/1.7") offer different sensor sizes.

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The GX7 was introduced 9 months before the Q-S1 which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going into a thorough comparison, here is a short introduction of how the GX7 grades vs the Q-S1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GX7 over the Pentax Q-S1

 GX7 Q-S1 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Panasonic GX7

 Q-S1 GX7 
ReleasedAugust 2014November 2013Fresher by 9 months

Common features in the Panasonic GX7 and Pentax Q-S1

 GX7 Q-S1 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic GX7 comes with exterior measurements of 123mm x 71mm x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") and a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs) whilst the Pentax Q-S1 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic GX7 and Pentax Q-S1 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the GX7 compared to the Q-S1.

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GX7 and Q-S1 is 81 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizing simply by looking through specifications. The photograph below might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the GX7 and Q-S1.

Plainly, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The GX7 having a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic GX7 will render greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs more aggressively. The older GX7 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GX7
Portrait photography with Pentax Q-S1
71
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/320 seconds)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
supports RAW files
46
manual focus
comes with face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Street photography details
Pentax Q-S1 Street photography details
82
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has touch to focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
lighter than others (203 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GX7
Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
59
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
max fps low (5.0 fps)
bad battery pack (350 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
37
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Travel photography info
Pentax Q-S1 Travel photography info
67
has touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
bad battery pack (350 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
60
lighter than others (203g)
built-in flash
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Landscape photography factors
Pentax Q-S1 Landscape photography factors
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
bad battery pack (350 shots)
55
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GX7 Vlogging factors
Pentax Q-S1 Vlogging factors
34
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone port
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (203 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Panasonic GX7 vs Pentax Q-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GX7 and Pentax Q-S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7Pentax Q-S1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Pentax Q-S1
Type Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2013-11-07 2014-08-04
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Q Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3448 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 12800
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Pentax Q
Number of lenses 107 8
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,765k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Highest silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 200) 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Slow sync w/red-eye reduction, off Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/320s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
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 402 gr (0.89 pounds) 203 gr (0.45 pounds)
Physical dimensions 123 x 71 x 55mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.2") 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 718 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 250 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/ 3 shots) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $1,000 $250