Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Pentax X90

Pentax K-5 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Pentax K-5

58

Pentax X90

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Weight
Light-weight
428 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Pentax X90.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
104 ms vs 430 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 25fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
51,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.9"
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Around 30% thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Weight
Significantly lighter
428 g vs 740 g
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More than 40% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-5Pentaprism
              X90Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              K-52.9"
              X903.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              K-5131×97×73 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 body only

              $1,021 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $302 body only

              $379 - $380 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 body only

              $914 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $361 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $184

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Compact

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $399 - $540 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $423

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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