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Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10

Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
 
Pentax Optio I-10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Key Specs

Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Launched December 2011
  • Replaced the Panasonic LX3
  • Updated by Panasonic LX7
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
  • Revealed January 2010
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Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Panasonic LX5 and Pentax I-10, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the LX5 (10MP) and the I-10 (12MP) is very comparable but the LX5 (1/1.63") and I-10 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The LX5 was introduced 23 months after the I-10 making them a generation away from each other. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a thorough comparison, here is a brief summary of how the LX5 scores versus the I-10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Pentax I-10

 LX5 I-10 
RevealedDecember 2011January 2010Newer by 23 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax I-10 over the Panasonic LX5

 I-10 LX5 

Common features in the Panasonic LX5 and Pentax I-10

 LX5 I-10 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic LX5 offers outside measurements of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) whilst the Pentax I-10 has specifications of 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1") and a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic LX5 and Pentax I-10 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the LX5 and the I-10.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the LX5 and I-10 is 88 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to envision the difference in sensor dimensions just by seeing specs. The picture here may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the LX5 and I-10.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The LX5 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Pentax I-10 will show extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The younger LX5 is going to have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX5
Portrait photography with Pentax I-10
41
manual focus
exports RAW formats
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
27
manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic LX5
Street photography with Pentax I-10
59
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/1.63")
more heavy than competition in class (271g)
56
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX5 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax I-10 as a Sports photography camera
27
image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
doesn't have phase detect AF
31
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Travel photography highlights
Pentax I-10 Travel photography highlights
59
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (271g)
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
57
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX5 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax I-10 as a Landscape photography camera
52
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
36
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX5 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax I-10 as a Vlogging camera
29
really wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (271g)
28
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic socket
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Panasonic LX5 vs Pentax I-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX5 and Pentax I-10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5Pentax Optio I-10
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Pentax Optio I-10
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-12-15 2010-01-25
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
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 fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-90mm (3.8x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-3.3 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 4.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.20 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format AVCHD Lite Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 271 grams (0.60 pounds) 153 grams (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") 101 x 65 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 41 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 132 not tested
Other
Battery model - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $294 $310