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Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30

Portability
66
Imaging
44
Features
38
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 front
 
Pentax K-30 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Panasonic L10
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 556g - 135 x 96 x 78mm
  • Announced December 2007
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released October 2012
  • Updated by Pentax K-50
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Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR cameras by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the L10 (10MP) and K-30 (16MP) and the L10 (Four Thirds) and K-30 (APS-C) possess different sensor size.

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The L10 was manufactured 5 years before the K-30 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick overview of how the L10 grades vs the K-30 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic L10 over the Pentax K-30

 L10 K-30 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Panasonic L10

 K-30 L10 
ReleasedOctober 2012December 2007Newer by 59 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k207kClearer display (+714k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic L10 and Pentax K-30

 L10 K-30 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic L10 comes with outside dimensions of 135mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.3" x 3.8" x 3.1") along with a weight of 556 grams (1.23 lbs) while the Pentax K-30 has sizing of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the L10 compared to the K-30.

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the L10 and K-30 is 66 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to picture the difference in sensor dimensions purely by checking out specifications. The pic below might give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L10 and K-30.

To sum up, both of the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The L10 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF harder and the Pentax K-30 will produce greater detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged L10 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic L10
Portrait photography with Pentax K-30
56
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
74
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic L10 Street photography information
Pentax K-30 Street photography information
59
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (556g)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic L10 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Sports photography camera
42
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
67
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
not so great battery life (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic L10 Travel photography information
Pentax K-30 Travel photography information
51
lighter than competition (556 grams)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
60
environment proofing
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
not so great battery life (410 shots)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic L10
Landscape photography with Pentax K-30
49
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse function
73
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
not so great battery life (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic L10
Vlogging with Pentax K-30
9
lack of video recording
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have microphone jack
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Panasonic L10 vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic L10 and Pentax K-30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10Pentax K-30
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Pentax K-30
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2007-12-14 2012-10-29
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Prime M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 3 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 45 151
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 207 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.47x 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 11.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - 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 Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 556 gr (1.23 pounds) 650 gr (1.43 pounds)
Dimensions 135 x 96 x 78mm (5.3" x 3.8" x 3.1") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 79
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 13.0
DXO Low light score 429 1129
Other
Battery life - 410 shots
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
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