Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II belongs to a Large Sensor Compact category, the other model, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II is equipped with a 17.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Pentax K-1 comes with a 36.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II Key Features:
Pentax K-1 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II substituted Panasonic LX100.
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 4.4 fps||6.6 fps faster|
|Flash Range||7 vs No||7 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 33||16 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots vs 1,037k dots||16.4% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||392 g vs 1010 g||618 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP vs 17.0 MP||52.8% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||73.9% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||760 shots vs 340 shots||420 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots | 1,037k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 618g less than the Pentax K-1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II features a 17.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Venus Engine processor . Pentax K-1, in its turn, comes with a 36.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Pentax K-1 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.3x larger than the one featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II||Pentax K-1|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II or Pentax K-1, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and Pentax K-1 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax K-1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II||Pentax K-1|
|Model||Lumix DC-LX100 II||K-1|
|Announced||Aug 22, 2018||Feb 17, 2016|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP||36.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4736 x 3552||7360 x 4912|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||204,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Pentax KAF2|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1x|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||33|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,760k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||1800 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps||4.4 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger||USB 2.0|
|Weight||392 g||1010 g|
|Physical Dimensions||115 x 66 x 64 mm||137 x 110 x 86 mm|
|Battery Life||340 shots||760 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)|