The Pentax Optio S5i is mostly gets compared to compacts. The Pentax Optio S5i's top rivals come from Leica (such as the C-LUX 1)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax S5i compared to compact competitors include: it is thinner (0.8" vs 0.9"), is slightly lighter (120 g vs 155 g) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.5"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (august 2004 vs april 2006).

Leica C-LUX 1

Leica C-LUX 1
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Significant advantages of the C-LUX 1 (vs the S5i)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the C-LUX 1 (vs the S5i)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the C-LUX 1 and S5i

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Ultra compact (84×52×21 mm)